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Chicken involtini with white polenta

You'll need

  • 2
  • large chicken breasts (400gm each)
  • 12
  • thin prosciutto slices
  • 2
  • buffalo mozzarella (250gm each), each sliced into 6
  • 40
  • sage leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 100 gm
  • butter, coarsely chopped
  • To serve:
  • lemon wedges
  •  
  • White polenta
  • 1 litre
  • (4 cups) chicken stock
  • 250 gm
  • (1½ cups) white polenta (see note)
  • 30 gm
  • (½ cup) finely grated parmesan
  • 40 gm
  • butter, coarsely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • For white polenta, bring chicken stock to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add polenta in a thin steady stream, whisk continuously until all is incorporated, then stir occasionally until polenta is cooked through (15-20 minutes). Add parmesan and butter.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C. Remove tenderloins from breasts and slice each breast lengthways into 5 pieces. Working with two pieces at a time (including tenderloins), pound with a meat mallet between 2 pieces of baking paper to 4mm thick.
  • 03
  • Lay each slice on a work surface, top with a slice of prosciutto, then a slice of mozzarella in the centre. Season to taste, roll to enclose, place one sage leaf on top and skewer with a toothpick to secure.
  • 04
  • Heat 20gm butter in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat until foaming, add half the involtini and cook, starting sage-side down, until golden, turning once (1-2 minutes on each side). Transfer to a small baking dish, wipe pan with absorbent paper and repeat with 20gm butter and remaining involtini, then pour pan juices over and roast until just cooked through (5-10 minutes).
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining butter in pan until foaming, add remaining sage, cook until sage is crisp and butter is nut brown (1-2 minutes). Serve involtini with polenta and a drizzling of sage butter.
Note White polenta is available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute regular polenta.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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