Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

This easy, show-stopper dinner is healthy to boot. Well I mean besides the cream. But the asparagus totally makes up for that. 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Guys, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m pretty much single-handedly saving the whales over here. I haven’t had a longer-than-5-minute shower in months. I know the rest of you are getting pounded with snow right now, but we Californians are in drought-land.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Okay…that’s not actually why I’m taking 5-minutes showers. I’m not that good of a person. No, we just have a crappy from-the-past water heater. 5 minutes. That’s it. 5 minutes, and then I’m left with barely warm water. And I like my showers HOT.

I was talking to my friend Lara about this today and she said, “If my skin is not red when I get out, then it wasn’t a hot enough shower.” Yes. Yes.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

A sad residual of this fact is that I now only have 1 square foot of shower space that is not filthy. My usual strategy for cleaning the shower is to wipe it down with a magic eraser every day. Because if I have to clean something, doing it with hot water streaming on my skin is how I want it done. (I would clean everything in the shower if I could.)

But who has time for shower-scrubbing when you only have 3 minutes to shampoo AND condition your hair? 2 minutes to shave your legs??

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Good thing my mother-in-law is coming to town next week, otherwise my one-square-foot of clean shower would slowly diminish until eventually I’d be showering on tip toe. Nothing beats a mother-in-law when it comes to cleaning motivation. (Love you Kris! :)

I seriously need to get Eric to turn up the temperature on the water heater. He’s going to notice soon that I never shave my legs anymore.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusI’m trying to think of a segue from shaved legs to Valentine’s Day, and boy have I got some, but let’s keep this blog G-rated.

If you are braving the crowded restaurants on V-day, more power to you, but I for one will be making dinner at home. A fast one, that doesn’t require any thought, so that I can get back to making good use of my shaved legs. (Don’t worry, I’ll take a shower in the guest bathroom. TMI?)

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

This Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus is a good option. Classy, pretty, and suuuper easy.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

One last thing: in case you haven’t heard, this Thursday the 13th is officially Galentine’s Day, a day to celebrate us gals and how awesome we are :) Check back for the dessert I will be making, and for links to all the other recipes that some other awesome bloggers will be bringing to the party! #GalentinesDayParty

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 pound chicken breast, sliced thin (2-3 breasts)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour, or more
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/3 cup cream


  1. If the chicken breasts are thick, slit them in half lengthwise to make them thinner. Pat them dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle with salt and pepper; go easy on the salt, the prosciutto is salty.
  2. Rub the chicken with the flour. Wrap each piece of chicken with a piece of prosciutto.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. When it is hot, add the wrapped chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes or so, until browned and it reaches 165 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile, add about 3 inches of water to a small pot, cover, and put it on to boil. Wash the asparagus and snap off the woody ends. Cut the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Add to a steamer basket, and when the water in the pot is at a rolling boil, put the basket on top and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and set it aside. (If you don't have a steamer, you can roast the asparagus, or saute it with some oil).
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the pesto and cream. When the chicken is fully cooked, pour the mixture over the chicken, and add the asparagus. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn off the heat. Serve with potatoes or crusty bread.


Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusTry to find these “thin cut” chicken breasts. It will save you some time.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Asparagus

Wrap up those bad boys.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusFry it up on the stove. Don’t crowd your meat, use 2 pans if you have to.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusWhisk up some creamy pesto…

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusAdd some asparagus…

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with AsparagusAnd voila!





  1. Kris says

    Okay, I’ve thought about what I want to eat. THIS! Please make it! We will love it! I absolutely love asparagus, cream, pesto, and prosciutto (another product I can’t get here).
    I’m making my lists and checking them twice Karen!

  2. says

    Three of my favorite ingredients! Looks marvelous! I’m with you on the shower. Ours broke about a month ago, like we just weren’t getting any hot water and so I cranked the nozzle that turns the shower on and I broke it! Aah! But then somehow, everything magically fixed itself. The water is hot again and the nozzle/knob thing works the way it’s supposed to. But do not even get me started on our kitchen sink head. The water just trickles out and of course its an all white sink and they don’t make our sink head anymore, so we’re trying to get in touch with our landlords (which we hate to do because we don’t want our rent jacked up) and see what they want us to do. Blah!
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    • says

      What! That’s so weird! Well I’m glad your shower works again in any case. If it breaks again you can come over here and have bad hygiene with me. :) And I SO GET never wanting to call your landlord, haha. Story of my life.

  3. says

    KAREN! I love everything you write *so* much. I have to restrain myself from writing, like, a novel’s worth of a comment for you. Truth. I’ll keep it short.
    -I hate showering, so this drought is working out great for me.
    -You clean your shower everyday? I must be doing life wrong. I clean mine like once a month…maybe. Sounds like I need to get one of these magic eraser things. My shower could use a good scrubbing.
    -This dinner is totally something I would make. Love it!
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    • says

      Haha! Natalie, no need to restrain yourself. I will just tell people I know that you’re my stalker commenter. JUST KIDDING! :) :)
      You hate showering???? Like, you hate getting OUT of the shower, right???
      And I may have been exaggerating when I say I wipe my shower down every day. It’s every few days. I hate cleaning showers, so it’s easier for me to clean it before it gets dirty, if that makes sense. Plus it’s another reason to stay in the shower longer.
      Let me know if you try this one out! I know there are so many recipes out there, but this one’s a keeper over here. So easy. I was eyeballing your saffron chicken and rice recipe yesterday, I need to try that next…yum.

  4. says

    Haha, oh Karen, I seriously laughed through this whole post. Well, minus the food part, because your food is no laughing matter. :) I can’t even SEE my legs to shave them now, it’s pretty depressing/funny. I cleaned my shower today and got bleach on yet another pair of maternity pants, go me! :-p
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  5. says

    P.S. “Nothing beats a mother-in-law when it comes to cleaning motivation.” Someone needs to turn that into an 8×10 inch printable and I will frame it! (My mother-in-law cleans her house EVERY DAY. I don’t think I’ve seen a speck of dirt or dust anywhere in her house ever.)
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    • says

      Oh, I SO get not being able to see your legs when you’re almost done being pregnant. It’s the worst. I’m about to come whip your husband’s butt for letting you scrub a shower in your delicate state. (Normally when people try to do stuff for me when I’m pregnant I’m like I’LL DO IT THANKS JERK but cleaning the shower? H no.) Maybe you should just get your Mother in law to come visit, then she can clean for you :) :)

    • says

      Aw thanks Christina! Did Ben serve his mission there? Wait your husband’s name is Ben right? #friendfail let me know if he tried this. I honestly have no idea if it is Polish. I googled the name of the recipe (in Polish) and came up with a bunch of images from blogs that were in Polish.

    • says

      Thanks Jessica! Isn’t prosciutto just the best? It was on sale at Costco a while back and has just been sitting in my freezer. Clearly it was holding out for this gem of a recipe. :) Heading over to look at your heart cake! Fun!

  6. says

    Okay, this is amazing, and sounds so delicious, and I have all sorts of thoughts about clean showers and mothers in laws and Galentine’s Day, but I have to skip all that and say that the “click on my nose to learn more about me” line has me laughing out loud, and I just thought you should know. :) Now back to your regularly scheduled chicken and asparagus!

    • says

      Bahaha! I wasn’t even trying to be funny, it was a work-around because I’m such a tech-idiot that I couldn’t figure out how to add a link that said “read more.” I could only get the image to link. Oooops!

  7. Marie says

    This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering if you have a recipe for the basil pesto or if you buy it premade? I have never made my own pesto, mostly because there are so many recipes out there that I never know which to use!
    BTW my house never looks cleaner than it does in the hour before my mother in law arrives! :)

  8. KB says

    Just started cooking it! Thanks for the inspiration. Just curious, do you use a bamboo steamer basket? I love mine! I could just steam the empty basket it smells so good!

    • says

      That’s so funny Katrinka, I am literally just starting to make this again myself. My mother-in-law is in town and wanted to try it :) I don’t have a bamboo steamer basket. Why don’t I have a bamboo steamer basket???

      • KB says

        Don’t feel bad–I wouldn’t have a steamer basket if I had not inherited it. I was not even sure what it was when I took it home because I had never seen one and then wondered how I had not had one before. The cool thing is that you can layer different things in it also, because it has three tiers.

    • KB says

      And it has already been eaten! That is how awesome quick and tasty that dish is! Despite me creating enough smoke (just from burning the oil when I stepped away for what I thought was a few seconds) that my alarm should have gone off, this dish is really, really easy–gotta love that! So now I know my smoke alarm needs new batteries and I have a new recipe to go into the favorites–win, win! Thanks! And while it is perfectly good without it also, I am a sun-dried tomato fan, so I added a little and liked it that way also.

      • says

        I’m so glad you guys liked it! Loving the sun dried tomato idea. Also, my smoke alarm goes off every couple days. Not kidding. Half the time it’s sitting on the kitchen counter, which is where I throw it after it starts beeping. Probably not very safe, oops!

  9. RM says

    I’m half Polish and half Sicilian. My maternal grandparents emigrated here from Sicily and my paternal great-grandparents emigrated here from Poland. These ingredients definitely look Italian to me. The Polish cooking I grew up with was completely different.

      • RM says

        No problem. Basil and prosciutto are definitely Mediterranean and not Baltic. I try cooking like my Sicilian grandfather and Polish grandmother (mostly grandfather) and I’m always looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Daniela says

    Made this and it was delish!! So simple too. I forgot to dust chicken in flour, didn’t make a difference- still browned nicely. I also did a quicker way of steaming asparagus( glass bowl in microwave covered w plastic warp). Served w potatoes. Thanks for this awesome recipe :)

    • says

      I’m so glad you liked it Daniela! That’s a great idea with the asparagus. Fewer dishes, right? :) And good to know about the flour, maybe I’ll skip it next time. Thanks for coming back to comment!

  11. Jessica says

    This was a hit! I have a 2 year old and she has never liked eating asparagus until now! She had two servings of asparagus and even did the “happy food” dance! Thank you!

  12. marion says

    I just made this last night, and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing this recipie. I felt like a gourmet chef for my family. Even my 3yr old loved every bit of it. :)

    • says

      Yes!! Any day I make someone feel like a gourmet chef for my family is a good day. My 3-year-old loves this too! Except for the asparagus. And the chicken…hm. Tell me your secret!! :) Thanks for commenting Marion!

      • Marion says

        HA! I can see the dilemma. =)
        We bribe with the bread and desert, gotta take advantage of that now while they still believe everything the parents say. haha So if she wants a piece of the garlic bread then she has to have a bite of her greens for every bite of bread! =)

  13. says

    Made this tonight , no changes. It was devoured , next time I will double the pesto sauce to drip the crusty bread in. Thank you!!!

    • says

      Glad it worked for you Maria! That’s a good idea on the sauce. I mean pretty much any sauce that consist of cream and pesto deserves to be doubled, right? :) Thanks for commenting!

  14. says

    I made this tonight for the second time and we all (my hubby, my 4 year old and myself) all just love it. So easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Candy says

    Saw this recipe & can’t wait to try it. I’m Polish & grew up eating all kinds of Polish food as my grandmother was from Poland. We NEVER ate anything like this. I suspect that with new generations of Poles and the internet providing easy access to recipes, that someone Polish may have posted it where you saw it written in Polish. Someone posted above, that this is maybe Italian in origin and I agree; especially where the prosciutto and pesto are used. Thanks for posting it.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Candy!! Since posting I’ve learned that you’re right, it’s not a Polish dish. I should probably go change the post! Well wherever it comes from, enjoy! It’s so good!

  16. Kathy says

    Oh, my gosh, just stumbled across your blog while looking for make-ahead egg recipes….this looks to die for!! All your dishes look fabulous!! Thanks! New favorite!

    • says

      Thank you for taking the time to tell me that Kathy! You are so sweet. You have no idea how much it means to me. I pour a lot into this blog of mine, and it feels really good to get something back occasionally. So thank you! One happy blogger over here :)

    • says

      Leanne, I’m so sorry I never responded to you. I remember typing out a response but maybe I forgot to hit send? Weird. I use heavy whipping cream, sometimes it’s just called heavy cream. I’ve never heard of percentages being associated with cream. I bet you could even try this with half n half.

  17. Michelle says

    How did I just find your site? Where have you been all my life? I just pinned about 10 recipes and can’t wait to try them all – perhaps I should cook two dinners per day ;) Keep up the great work, sista!

    • says

      Haha Michelle! Sometimes I really do cook 2 dinners…but I think that’s because I’m one of those food blogging freaks :) Thanks for taking the time to comment, you made me smile!

  18. Danielle says

    Made this last night and it was delicious! Even my fiancé, who once claimed to hate prosciutto, loved it. :)

  19. Heather McClellan says

    Great recipe for Tuesday night with the family, or a Friday night romance! Easy, yet decadent. Thanks!

  20. Melissa T. says

    I made the other day and my ENTIRE family loved it, even my very pick daughter. Thanks for a great recipe that will now be a staple in my home!!

  21. Kim says

    Made this tonight. Gone low-carb, so I didn’t use the flour. No worries!! Also, I didn’t have the pesto in my pantry that I was SURE was in there, so went without that as well. Oh my gosh! It took everything I had not to plant my face in the plate and lick it clean! This one’s going to be a regular.

    • says

      Good to know I can skip the flour next time Kim! Thanks for the review! That’s too bad you didn’t have the pesto. I hate it when I do that. (Where did that entire jar go??) Have a great day Kim!

  22. Kristin says

    My only problem is going to be waiting an appropriate amount of time before making this again! Followed the recipe exactly and the whole family was fighting over leftovers for lunch. Great for week nights, good enough for company. I wanted to lick my plate!

  23. Jill says

    I cant’ believe how easy this was, and it was SO GOOD!!! I served it with mashed Yukon gold potatoes. I will definitely be making this one again!

  24. Nathan says

    Okay, so I made this on Valentines Day and Yowzers! This is one of the better combinations of delicious/easy that I’ve had on this blog, and it looks super impressive. In other words, it was the the perfect recipe.

    I roasted the asparagus instead of steaming (about 10-12 minutes at 350). And I didn’t follow your advice about salting the chicken lightly, so it was a touch too salty with the Prosciutto. But OMG this was a winner.

  25. says

    This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I was wondering if you have a recipe for the basil pesto or if you buy it premade? I have never made my own pesto, mostly because there are so many recipes out there that I never know which to use!

  26. says

    Nice post Karen, that asparagus makes a difference. The asparagus is, to begin, filled with beneficial agents that aid and protect the heart. People taking steamed asparagus daily have shown increases in the strength of their heart and fewer heart related problems, as opposed to those who did not have asparagus as part of their diets.

    Best wishes.
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