Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Chicken With Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine

Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Chicken With Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine

4.2(61)

Looking for an affordable but impressive meal? Try this cheese and spinach-stuffed chicken wrapped in luxurious prosciutto and served over creamy roasted red pepper pasta.

Cook Time
40 minutes
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Yield
4 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
In a medium bowl, mix together the spinach, mozzarella, and 1 clove minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Step
Place a chicken thigh between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin, or heavy pan until about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick. Season on both sides with salt and pepper and repeat with remaining thighs.
3. Step
On a clean sheet of plastic wrap, lay 2 slices of prosciutto vertically, overlapping slightly. Lay a chicken thigh on top. Spread a quarter of the spinach filling evenly over the chicken. Starting from the bottom, tightly roll up. Wrap the chicken roll tightly in plastic wrap to secure. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator for 30–60 minutes, until firm.
4. Step
Meanwhile, turn the broiler to high.
5. Step
Cut the bell pepper in half and remove the seeds and membranes. Place cut-side down on a prepared baking sheet.
6. Step
Broil until the pepper starts to char and turn black, 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit for 5 minutes to soften. Use a paper towel to gently rub off the charred bits and skin, then roughly chop. Set aside.
7. Step
Turn the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C).
8. Step
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken rolls and cook for 2–3 minutes per side, until the prosciutto is evenly browned, securing with toothpicks if needed. Transfer the chicken rolls to a baking sheet.
9. Step
Bake the chicken rolls for 15–20 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
10. Step
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettucine and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup (240 ml) of pasta water, then drain and set aside until ready to serve.
11. Step
Heat the skillet used to cook the chicken over medium-low heat. Add the roasted red pepper and remaining 2 cloves minced garlic and cook until fragrant, 1–2 minutes.
12. Step
Add the lemon juice and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and bring to boil.
13. Step
Transfer the red pepper mixture to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
14. Step
Pour the sauce back into the pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by about half, about 5 minutes.
15. Step
Whisk in the cold butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the sauce is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
16. Step
Add the cooked fettuccine to the sauce and toss to coat, adding some of the reserved pasta water as needed to loosen the sauce.
17. Step
Thinly slice the chicken rolls.
18. Step
Divide the fettuccine between serving plates, top with the chicken, and garnish with parsley and pepper.
19. Step
Enjoy!

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