ROSEMARY-PROSCIUTTO CHICKEN BREASTS WITH ROASTED GARLIC AND SHERRY SAUCE

  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 6:10 PM

ROSEMARY-PROSCIUTTO CHICKEN BREASTS WITH ROASTED GARLIC AND SHERRY SAUCE

Serves 4.

From "The Bonne Femme Cookbook," by Wini Moranville.

• 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, or 1/2 tsp. dried and crushed

• 1/4 c. diced prosciutto (about 1 oz.)

• 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves (6 to 8 oz. each)

• 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, divided

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

• 4 garlic cloves, peeled

• 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth

• 1/2 c. dry sherry

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Combine rosemary and prosciutto on a cutting board. Using a chef's knife, chop the two ingredients together, mincing finely and blending well.

Gently run your fingers between the skin and meat of the chicken breasts, taking care not to tear the skin as you loosen it. Tuck the rosemary-prosciutto mixture under the skin of the chicken breasts. Rub the skin all over with 2 tablespoons softened butter; season with salt and pepper.

Place chicken breasts, skin side up, in flameproof roasting pan large enough to hold them in one layer. Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees; add garlic cloves to pan and roast until internal temperature of chicken is 170 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 25 minutes more. Spoon the accumulated juices over the chicken once halfway through this cooking time.

Transfer chicken to a platter, cover with foil, and set aside. Add chicken broth and sherry to roasting pan and place pan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, stirring to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of pan while mashing roasted garlic with back of spoon. Boil until liquid is reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in remaining butter to thicken sauce. Arrange chicken on plates, top with sauce and serve.

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