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Sunday, 26 August 2018
Chicken, Mozzarella and Parma Ham : A Delicious Low Carb Meal
This is a favourite! Cheesy mozzarella-stuffed chicken wrapped in crisp, Parma ham - so delicious for dinner, although you may prefer it for lunch - the choice is yours!
One thing's for sure it's a speedy recipe, ready in about 30 minutes and very easy to prepare. Get the ingredients, head for the kitchen and here we go ...
4 chicken breast fillets 250g ball mozzarella, sliced into 8 20g fresh basil 78g (approx.) Parma ham
1 tsp olive oil
salad or steamed greens, (optional)
buttered new potatoes, (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Lay the chicken fillets on a chopping board, season all over and make a small incision (about 4-5cm long and 3cm deep) with a sharp knife in the middle of each one.
2. Stuff 2 slices of the mozzarella and 3 basil leaves into the ‘pocket’ – don’t worry if either is poking out a little. Wrap each chicken breast with 1½ slices of the Parma ham to cover the breast and seal in the pocket.
3. Heat the oil in a pan and sear the chicken and ham parcels on both sides until golden. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins until the chicken is cooked through with no pink showing (cut into the thickest part of the breast to check the meat is cooked through).
4. Optional - Serve with a side salad or some steamed greens, if you like...perhaps some buttered new potatoes.
Nutritional Details, per serving Carbohydrate 0.7g Protein 52.8g Fat 17g
Parma ham, or prosciutto di Parma, refers to cured ham produced specifically in the Parma region of Italy. There are around 160 producers of Parma ham in this region, each following the specific (and painstaking) curing procedure, which includes the legal requirement that the ham must be cured for a minimum of 12 months. The result is a gorgeously distinctive and full flavour that is at once both sweet and salty. The ham makes a wonderful alternative to bacon.
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