One bite of this prosciutto wrapped chicken breast and you’ll understand why I have it on regular dinner rotation. Chicken wrapped in prosciutto is juicy, tender and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Topped with a sweet and spicy honey glaze, you will feel like you are eating at a fancy restaurant… without the price tag or the hard work of creating fancy meals at home!
And the best part? It’s super easy! The prep time only takes about 10 minutes, and you need just five ingredients. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
What Is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is an Italian ham that has been cured by air drying. The meat comes from a pig’s back leg. Prosciutto is technically uncooked meat, but is safe to eat because of the way it has been cured.
The curing process of prosciutto is very long. It can take anywhere from 1 to 3 years!
And why make chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham? Because it keeps the chicken super juicy!
How To Cook Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken
To get started making this baked prosciutto wrapped chicken, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next, prepare the sauce by combining the honey, chili flakes, and minced garlic in a small bowl.
Place chicken into an oven safe baking dish. Add salt and pepper to both sides of the chicken breasts, along with 1 teaspoon of the honey mixture on each.
Wrap each chicken breast with three pieces of prosciutto and drizzle the remaining honey glaze on top. Now you are ready to bake it, which takes about 30-40 minutes.
PRO TIP: Take special care to make sure you don’t overcook the baked chicken prosciutto. Chicken becomes tough, dry and doesn’t taste as good when it has cooked too long. Check out my tips on how to tell if your chicken is cooked properly below.
How To Tell If Chicken Prosciutto Is Done
The best way to tell if chicken wrapped in prosciutto is done is to check the temperature with a thermometer.
USDA recommendations say that chicken needs to be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safety. However, if you let chicken rest after baking (which I always recommend), it rises in temperature another 5 degrees, so I usually bake it to 160 degrees and let the temperature come up during resting. Just make sure it’s 165 degrees before you eat it.
Some people also check if chicken is done by piercing it with a fork – if the juices run clear, it is likely done. Or, you can also cut the chicken and look at the color of the center. It should be white and tender. However, both of these methods don’t allow for resting, which means the chicken is not as juicy as it could be.
PRO TIP: For the juiciest chicken, bake until it’s 160 degrees F inside, then let it rest for 5 minutes to come up to 165 degrees F. The final result should never be jiggly and should be firm to the touch.
Is Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Healthy?
Yes, prosciutto wrapped chicken is healthy. Chicken breasts are low carb, low fat and packed with protein. The chicken is also a great source of calcium and phosphorus. There are small amounts of minerals and vitamins in prosciutto, including iron, vitamin b-12 and protein.
Of course, making the chicken wrapped in prosciutto and including honey means that this is no longer a low fat or low carb dish. But, the myth of “fat is bad” has been dispelled, so I don’t consider low fat foods to be the picture of healthy. The amount of honey in this prosciutto wrapped chicken recipe is small, so it’s not much sugar per serving.
Most importantly, honey glazed chicken with prosciutto is unprocessed, made with natural ingredients, so that’s healthy in my book!
Can You Make Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make prosciutto wrapped chicken breast ahead of time. Simply store this baked chicken prosciutto recipe in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Store the chicken in an airtight containers. I love these particular containers because they are perfect for meal prep!
PRO TIP: This chicken breast with prosciutto is great for meal prep! Double the batch, store in individual containers with some veggies, and enjoy throughout the week.
You can reheat the prosciutto chicken in the following ways:
- Microwave – Simply place baked prosciutto chicken in a microwavable dish and add 1 tablespoon of water and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute and then check the chicken. Heat for longer if needed, until hot.
- Oven – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the chicken in the oven and check every 5 minutes until it is heated through.
- Skillet – Place 1 tablespoon of avocado or olive oil in a skillet on low-medium heat. If you heat the chicken too fast, it will dry out. Slowly heat the chicken breast with prosciutto until it’s hot.
TIP: I highly recommend the oven or skillet if possible, because the prosciutto stays crispier than the microwave.
Can You Freeze Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast?
Yes, you can freeze prosciutto wrapped chicken breast. If stored in an airtight container, it will be good for 4-6 months in the freezer.
Once you are ready to eat, thaw the wrapped chicken and reheat using one of the methods previously mentioned.
What To Serve With This Chicken Prosciutto Recipe
Looking for something that has tons of flavor and pairs perfectly with this chicken prosciutto recipe? Take a look at these ideas:
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Baked Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Recipe
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- 4 medium Chicken breasts (about 2 lb)
- 12 slices Prosciutto
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper
- 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl, stir together honey, chili flakes, and minced garlic.
Place the chicken into a baking dish, so that the chicken pieces don't touch. Season both sides with salt and paper. Place 1 teaspoon of the honey mixture on each breast.
Wrap 3 pieces of prosciutto around each chicken breast and then place the remainder of the honey mixture over the top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until chicken reaches at least 160 degrees F. Cover and let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, until internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees F.
Serving size: 1 prosciutto wrapped chicken breast
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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One of the easiest yet most delicious recipes! I double the sauce mixture for extra goodness!
This was outstanding! So simple yet so flavorful.
This was delicious! We used a lilac infused honey with garlic for a less spicy flavour the kids enjoyed too!
This was so delicious! I used bacon instead of prosciutto but the extra honey glaze put it over the top. I’ll make this again!!!!
I am in LOVE with this recipe! It was so easy and so darn good – wait – make that excellent – no – absolutely fabulous! THANK YOU! I served it with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and Brussels sprouts from my garden (yum), sautéed in olive oil and garlic. There was a nice sauce in the roasting pan that we poured over the chicken and potatoes. OMG!
Made this for a dinner party for 10 friends. Rave reviews, one guest made it for her family and is now being requested for their Christmas dinner!
First dinner party I enjoyed because I prepared it in advance and just popped it in the oven while visiting with our friends! Next time I will dry off the chicken before applying the sauce so it doesn’t run off as much. Definitely a keeper!!
I doubled the sauce. Delicious!
We were snowed in this weekend so we cooked this chicken. It was delicious! We loved it! I love a little crushed red pepper!
This is such a gorgeous and delicious dish!
I cannot resist prosciutto and this was such a winning dinner! Thanks for helping me solve the “what’s for dinner?” question.
Such a great idea to freeze this for an easy meal later. Make a double batch and use on a night when you don’t feel like cooking. Fantastic!
This was pure comfort food! The prosciutto gave it the best flavor.
I love recipes that don’t use many ingredients like this one. I think the prosciutto around the chicken must make it so full of flavour and my family loved it.
Prosciutto is so delicious! I love that you wrapped the chicken in it – I’ll bet the flavor is just amazing!
This was so yummy. Thank you for sharing!
I can’t say enough good things about this chicken, delicious!!!
Yum, this looks so good and I am planning on making it tomorrow! I’ll let you know what I think. I am one of those people who always has a hard time knowing when chicken is cooked through and I’m sure that with your tips, it will come out amazing. Thanks so much!
I think that honey glaze is the most genious way to make chicken breast unforgettable! And when you add prosciutto to the mix, the flavors go through the roof!
OMG! I am in LOVE with this chicken dinner!
I love prosciutto! What a great way to liven up your average chicken breast!
I love anything with prosciutto! I tried this recipe, it was a hit with the whole family!
What a gorgeous dish! I love this meal for entertaining and just doubled it. Served up with some grilled vegetables – what a hit.
This is one of my favorite ways to serve chicken. I appreciate how thorough your instructions are.
I would eat a shoe if it was wrapped in prosciutto LOL! This chicken is incredible -, especially with that glaze. I’ll have to give it a try.
Hubby and I just loved this! Thanks for the fabulous recipe! Yummy!
Oh My! This is lovely enough to serve for date night dinner!
I mean, my husband loves bacon and prosciutto is a second cousin to bacon … so he’s bound to love this. I love everything about the recipe, so it’s a win all around!
I love everything about this recipe. Beautiful and incredibly tasty! I’m in!
This is so delicious! Prosciutto and chicken is an awesome combination. I love that this recipe uses so few ingredients too.
This just bumped our chicken dinner up to another level! Yum!
OMG! Is there enough time cook and eat all this??? Yes it is, everyday will be full of good eats!!!!
this looks so good! The image is gorgeous, too!
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This recipe looks amazing – can’t wait to give it a try. Pinned!
Thanks so much Melanie!
Prosciutto makes everything better! Thanks for stopping by Linda!