Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Cannellini Beans

Aired October 1, 2012

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
8 slices prosciutto di Parma or speck (smoky ham)
3 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 small chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 cups passata or tomato pure
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained
A few leaves of basil, torn
Crusty bread for mopping

Season chicken with salt and pepper and lots of rosemary. Wrap each piece of chicken in a slice of prosciutto or speck.

Heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a Dutch oven or deep skillet. Brown the chicken pieces 3 minutes on each side or until ham is crisp; remove to a plate.

To the same pan add remaining EVOO, a turn of the pan, celery, carrot, onion, chili and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook partially covered until soft, stirring frequently 10-12 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cook 1 minute then add wine, stock, tomato pure, beans and basil. Set chicken back into pan and simmer 10 minutes more.

Serve with crusty bread for mopping.

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