Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chicken Spiedini

Dave "met the parents" at Garozzo's Ristorante in Kansas City, MO summer of 2008. He had never had Chicken Spedini before and he loved it! It was always a family favorite growing up and I'm so happy that Dave loves it just as much (if not more). Dave and I have continued to perfect our chicken spiedini ever since.   Spiedini means balls of meat cooked on a skewer.  Think an Italian kabob.. kind of.

It's a good thing that we love to cook it because it's hard to find in Houston.  I didn't realize that it was such a Missouri original.  Kansas City claims it as does St. Louis, since I'm a Kansas City girl - I'm going to say it was KC.  All of those Italian families there have been making it for years!  (and we each have our own favorite restaurant to eat it..)

This is probably Dave's favorite meal that I cook for him (but he usually jumps in and helps out too).

First start by making the herb spread. 

Chop 1/4 cup basil.

Chop 1/4 cup parsley.

Mince 3 cloves garlic

Add juice of 1 lemon.

Add salt and pepper.

Add 2 Tbs. Parmesan Cheese and 3 Tbs. Olive Oil.  There you have the herb spread.

Now for the chicken breasts.  Cover 3 chicken breasts with plastic and pound them thin.

Add provolone to the top of each one.

Then add prosciutto. 
(You can add as many topping as you'd like, but these are our favorites)

Now add your herb spread.  (If it won't spread easily add a little more olive oil).

Then slice them into about 1" strips.

Roll them and skewer them.

Put bread crumbs on a plate.  I add parmesan to it, but you don't have to.

Then roll the skewers in the bread crumbs.  Make sure they're all coated.

Heat olive oil on a pan on the stove.

Brown the chicken spedini.  About 2 minutes per side.

Once brown, put in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Here's your chicken Spedini!!

We always serve it with some sort of pasta.  At the moment, our tomato vodka cream sauce is the favorite!

Ingredients for herb spread:
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup basil, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 T. olive oil
2 T. parmesan

3 chicken breasts
bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients for herb spread.  Flatten chicken breasts.  Layer provolone, prosciutto, and herb spread.  Cut into 1" pieces, roll and skewer.  Put skewers in bread crumbs.  Brown the skewered chicken in olive oil over medium-high heat until brown.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until done.  Serve with pasta.
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  1. I am absolutely making this for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes =)

    1. Let me know how it turns out! Can't wait to hear about it!!