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Smoked Mozzarella Chicken with Pasta

Take an ordinary chicken breast into wow territory with just a few extra ingredients. Use prosciutto instead of ham to make the dish extra smoky. —Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 thin slices smoked deli ham
  • 4 slices smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in bread crumbs to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes. Turn; cook 2 minutes longer. Top with ham and mozzarella cheese; sprinkle with sage. Cook until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • Add pesto to pasta and toss to coat. Serve chicken with pasta. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 3/4 cup pasta (calculated without Parmesan cheese): 694 calories, 28g fat (7g saturated fat), 122mg cholesterol, 1184mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 53g protein.

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