Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spring Sick: Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Arugula

How do these things happen?  Last night was the first time in ages I had a good night's sleep.  Thatbaby has been sleeping through the night for ages, but I haven't been as lucky.  Restless, tossing and turning, up waiting for the alarm to go off.  And last night there was none of that.  I was out like a light until my alarm went off at 6am this morning.  And I got out of bed - with a massive headache.


I don't know if it's the stress, the air travel, or the fluctuating weather, but my sinuses/allergies are hitting me hard.  Runny nose and all. 

Thatbaby's got it too.  And while I muddle through the day, he's being especially cranky about being under the weather. 

The only cure for sickness is chicken noodle soup, right?  Or you can try to make a spring time version with chicken, cheese, and greens.  It's not soup, but it has a similar comforting feel to it, a combination of the breading and cheesy goodness.  And greens always make you feel like you're doing something to get healthy.

Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Arugula (Adapted from Bobby Flay via  A Taste of Home Cooking  as seen on Elly Says Opa)
1.5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 oz baby arugula
1/2 cup flour
  1 egg, beaten
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4″ thickness
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
4oz fontina cheese, thinly sliced
4 thin slices prosciutto
  1. Whisk the vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper to taste together in a large bowl. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking, to emulsify. 
  2. Add the arugula and toss to coat.
  3. Place the flour, egg, and panko in three shallow bowls/pie plates.  
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  
  5. Dip chicken in the flour, then egg, then panko.
  6. Melt butter and oil in a skillet.  Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes per side, until chicken is golden and crispy.
  7. Place fontina on top of the chicken and cook for another minute.
  8. Top each chicken breast with 2 slices of prosciutto and arugula salad.


  1. I hear you on the sleeping challenges. Not that I have a baby that sleeps through the night...but even on her good nights, I'm still not sleeping well. I hope you guys feel better soon. May is bad for allergies.

    This reminds me a lot of the chicken recipe I made a couple of months ago. Great combo of flavours!

  2. I hope the whole household feels better soon!

  3. These intermediate seasons are horrible regarding viruses, allergies and all these beautiful stuff that make you feel sick! Hope you feel better by now and yes chicken is the perfect remedy!

  4. You've captured spring on a plate! Sending lots of healthy & get well vibes your way!