Stuffed Roast Chicken with Asiago, Fennel, Prosciutto and Cherries


Servings: 6


Chicken Breasts:
6 boneless chicken breasts (6 to 7 ounces each)
Salt and ground black pepper
2 ounces Wisconsin asiago cheese, thinly sliced
6 ounces Proscuitto, thinly sliced
Olive oil

Potato, Arugula Salad:
6 yellow Finn (or other thin-skinned) potatoes, cut into sixths
2 fennel bulbs, cored, trimmed, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 red onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons dried cherries, finely chopped

Cooking Directions:

Chicken Breasts:

Pound chicken breasts, skin side down, to 1/4 inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Top each with slice of Asiago and Proscuitto. Fold chicken breasts in half. Secure with wooden picks to enclose filling.

Brown in hot oil, skin side down, over medium high heat. Transfer to baking pan, skin side up. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes or until done. Remove wooden picks.

Potato, Arugula Salad: In baking dish, toss potatoes, fennel and onion with 1/4 cup oil to coat; season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast at 375° F for 45 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, cinnamon, cloves and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in dried cherries. Let stand 30 minutes to blend flavors.

To Assemble:

1 bunch arugula or watercress

6 ounces fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted

2 ounces aged Asiago, shaved

Toss hot potato mixture with arugula, cherries and salad dressing. Place on serving plate. Place chicken breast next to salad. Top all with Asiago.


Mexicali: Instead of Proscuitto, use sliced smoked ham. For the cheese, use sliced Cheddar with salsa. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Grill and serve with salsa.

Midscale: Instead of Proscuitto, use bacon slices. For the cheese, use crumbled Blue. Bake and serve with potato salad.

Midscale: For the cheese, use thin-sliced Swiss. Instead of Proscuitto, use ham.

Italiano: Fill the chicken breast with a mixture of Parma Ham, walnuts and a blend of Gorgonzola and Mascarpone. Roast and slice; serve over wild greens with orange sections and dried cherries.

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