Prosciutto di Parma and Chicken Kebabs

Prosciutto di Parma and Chicken Kebabs

Thanks to Prosciutto di Parma for sending me a promotional item for creating this recipe. All opinions are 100% our own. 

I was first introduced to Prosciutto di Parma at the Eat Write Retreat Conference this summer. Who knew there were so many differences in a cured ham. What I took from this conference was mainly to look for the Parma Crown next time you buy Prosciutto di Parma.  It will ensure you are getting what you pay for, which is about $25 a lb. You will find a difference in quality  as well as knowing your Prosciutto di Parma is  100% natural: no additives, just sea salt, air and time. Time like since 100 BC when Italians first stared to cure ham. 

Prosciutto di Parma

There are many ways to enjoy Prosciutto di Parma but first here are some tips to be sure you are getting the best quality!

  1.  If purchasing from the deli, ask to see the ham and look for the 5 pointed crown. The store may have Prosciutto listed on their board but it may not be authentic.

    source:www.oggi.it

  2. Here is packaging from a package of pre-sliced Prosciutto di Parma. 
  3. Be sure it is cut thinly enough that you can see the light thru it. If you get it from the deli section, be sure and have the deli attendant slice a piece and show you before they slice the amount you require. 
  4. Know the best way to eat it… just by itself and using this technique below. You can see the light thru this piece. 

how to eat proscuitto

I know you are probably waiting for the recipe right. I will be honest, I was not sure what to expect when I was making this recipe. Chicken wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma then skewered with Italian bread. My family is always ready to try something new and it sounded easy enough I went ahead and created 6 skewers for dinner. 

Simply cut each chicken breast into 6 pieces. (My chicken breasts were on the smaller side). Wrap each piece with a half of piece of  Prosciutto di Parma.

proscuiotto kebabs

Skewer bread pieces and chicken pieces, starting and ending with the bread. 

proscuitto di parma chicken

Before grilling, brush a generous amount of olive oil onto the skewers being sure to cover all the pieces. (Spray the grill with non-cooking spray too)

kebabs on grill

Grill until done, mine took about 4 minutes per side as my chicken pieces were small. 

proscuitto wrapped chicken kebabs

What I learned after I made this: make more than one skewer per family member. This dish was well received and I would consider it for a dinner party. This combination would also make a fun appetizer in a smaller portion. I also wrapped a few remaining whole chicken breasts with some of the  Prosciutto di Parma in case these didn’t turn out.

What a unique flavor and the crunchniess of the grilled bread with the saltiness of the juicy chicken really made an amazing combination in your mouth. 

chicken wrapped in proscuitto

The chicken breasts alone were amazing and would be great on top of a chopped Italian salad.

Be sure to check out other appetizers using Prosciutto di Parma like roasted figs.  I am sure you can tell by now I love food on sticks as kebabs are great for entertaining. 

Skewered Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto Di Parma

Skewered Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto Di Parma

Yield: 5- 6 skewers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Skewered Chicken Wrapped in Prosciutto Di Parma

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 12 thin slices Prosciutto Di Parma
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil for brushing

Instructions

  1. Cut each chicken breast into 6 pieces
  2. Wrap Half a piece of Prosciutto Di Parmaaround each piece of chicken
  3. Skewer chicken and bread cubes alternatively beginning and ending with bread Brush Liberally with EVOO
  4. Grill or broil until chicken is firm to the touch.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 468 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 108mg Sodium 2003mg Carbohydrates 38g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 2g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 47g
All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on stayingclosetohome.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Have you ever tasted Prosciutto di Parma? If so, how was it served? 

 

 

 

 

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