Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One-Pot Chicken Mudega (Chicken with Prosciutto in a Lemon Wine Sauce)

I love one pot meals, especially when they involve pasta. I saved this recipe for One-Pot Chicken Mudega (Chicken with Prosciutto in a Lemon Wine Sauce) last year and I'm so annoyed that I put off making it this long. Isn't that always the way?

Chicken mudega

One day I found myself perusing the freezer looking for dinner ideas. I found some prosciutto and a few chicken breasts and I remembered this recipe. Like any one-pot meal, this one comes together easily with delicious results. I really love pasta cooked in a flavorful sauce rather than added at the end. The brightness of the lemon zest and juice really make this dish pop. And anything with prosciutto is a win in my book. We all gobbled this one up.

The sauce can get a bit thick after you add the cheese, but you can just add a little extra water to thin it out. The leftovers reheated beautifully the next day, too.

One-Pot Chicken Mudega (Chicken with Prosciutto in a Lemon Wine Sauce)
As seen on Coffee and Cannolis

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
Salt and pepper
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons flour
1 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
12 ounces thin spaghetti, broken in half
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup shredded Provel cheese (or a combination of 1/2 cup American and 1/2 cup mozzarella)

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp, about 4-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in a single layer and cook without moving for about 1 minute to brown. Stir the chicken and continue to cook until cooked through, about 2-4 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the prosciutto.

Add the onion to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until softened. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in wine and simmer about a minute until thickened.

Stir in broth, water and pasta. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook at a high simmer for about 12-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the pasta is tender. Make sure to stir the pasta often with tongs so it doesn't clump together.

Add the chicken, prosciutto and any juices to the skillet, along with the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cheese. Stir well to incorporate everything and melt the cheese. If the sauce seems too thick, thin it with some water. You want the pasta to be silky and move around easily when picked up with tongs. Serve.
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