Recipe for chicken breast stuffed with ham, pepper and scamorza
I have the impression that people prefer to buy chicken breasts already filleted or even chopped, in the typical ready-made supermarket trays. If we choose them whole they usually come out cheaper and we can prepare them with a special touch as in this recipe for breast stuffed with ham, pepper and smoked scamorza.
A common option when cooking stuffed breasts is to mark them on the grill first, but I prefer to save steps by grilling them in the oven and giving them a blow of torch or gratin to brown them. Harissa is optional but adds a touch that will delight spicy lovers. We could replace it with tomato sauce or a barbecue sauce to taste.
IngredientsFor 12 people
- Good quality whole chicken breast 1
- Harissa or other hot sauce 2.5 ml
- Iberian ham (approximately) in thin slices 60 g
- Roasted red pepper strips 0.25
- Smoked scamorza cheese 20 g
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ground black pepper
- Sweet paprika
How to make breast stuffed with ham, pepper and smoked scamorzaDifficulty: easy
- Total time 45 m
- Elaboration 15 m
- Cooking 30 m
We can ask the butcher to open the chicken breast, although with a good sharp knife we can do it ourselves without problem, trying not to cut it completely. Dry with kitchen paper and remove any excess fat. Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
Add salt and pepper to the inside and outside and spread the inside with the harissa. Fill with the ham or Iberian shoulder and place on top the red pepper cut into strips. Chop the scamorza cheese or cut it into not very thick slices, and arrange on top. Cover with the rest of the ham and close the breast. Seal with the help of chopsticks or kitchen thread.
Arrange the stuffed breast in a foil package, adding a little olive oil on top. Close and bake on a tray for about 25 minutes. Carefully remove and let steam escape from the package. Reserve the juices that have been released and remove the chopsticks.
Add black pepper and paprika on top, and brown with the help of a blowtorch or put under the oven gratin until it takes on a nice color. Cut into slices by placing the knife slightly diagonally.
What to accompany the stuffed breast
This chicken breast stuffed with ham, pepper and scamorza can be accompanied by the garnish that we like the most to share between two; for example roasted potatoes - taking advantage of the fact that we have the oven on -, grilled vegetables, rice or couscous, or a simple salad. At the time of serving we can add the reserved juices to prevent it from drying out too much, although if we take it freshly made with the melted cheese it will be much juicier.Tags: Meats And Birds Vegetables And Legumes Desserts