Looking for an easy sandwich recipe for lunch or to take along a fun summer picnic? This chicken and prosciutto sandwich is piled high with delicious toppings that will make your belly do a happy dance! There’s a little sweet from peaches, some savoury flavour from crispy prosciutto and chicken (and a whole lotta tasty).
Hello there friends!
As we’re officially into summer, peach season and most definitely picnic season, today I’m sharing a scrumptious crispy prosciutto sandwich with chicken, peach and basil (oh, and a little balsamic reduction for good measure). A toasted sandwich never tasted so good!
This sandwich pairs wonderfully with frozen strawberry lemonade, may I add.
What Makes this Prosciutto Sandwich So Delicious!
- There’s juicy chicken breast
- Crispy, salty prosciutto
- Creamy mozzarella
- Sweet peach
- Savoury, aromatic basil
- Balsamic reduction
Sounds yummy, right?
What is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is a type of Italian dry cured ham typically made from the leg of pork. It takes anywhere from months to years to make (cure) and it really is an art.
Prosciutto is buttery, a little salty and completely delicious! You could find it in the deli section of your supermarket and it’s often sold pre-packaged, thinly sliced.
I definitely didn’t grow up eating prosciutto, but hubby and I regularly enjoy these days because it’s just so versatile (and, of course, tasty).
Other Ways to Enjoy Prosciutto
- With charcuterie boards
- Melon salads with mozza or bocconcini
- Wrapped around asparagus and dunked in jammy eggs
- Wrapped around stuffed chicken breasts
- On pizza
- And so much more!
Do I Have to Cook Prosciutto?
No, prosciutto is ready to be enjoyed as is (which I often (okay, like, always) do upon opening a package).
Having said that, for this prosciutto sandwich recipe I opted to cook (or more like crisp) the prosciutto. Why? For sandwiches I tend to enjoy the texture the crispiness adds.
Plus, when you bite into the sandwich, you’re not pulling all of the prosciutto out in one bite. Plus, crispy prosciutto? It’s kinda awesome.
If you’d rather not crisp the prosciutto and just enjoy as is, that’s okay too!
How to Cook Chicken Breasts In The Oven
For this recipe, I used one small boneless, skinless chicken breast. To cook:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place chicken breast onto a sheet pan or in a cast-iron pan.
- Season chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Drizzle with a little olive oil.
- Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes (or until the internal temperature at the thickest part reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit and the juices run clear). Use a food thermometer to be sure.
- Let chicken cool a little before slicing so the juices reabsorb.
Note: Because chicken breasts can vary in size and thickness, your cook time may vary. Just ensure you cook the chicken until it is completely cooked through!
How to Assemble This Sandwich
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Spread mayo on one side of the toasted bread.
- Top the bottom slice with mozzarella and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Add cooked chicken.
- Next layer on that crispy prosciutto.
- Layer peach slices, basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
- Cover with top slice to form the sandwich and enjoy!
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More Recipe Tips & Variations
Opt for store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time!
Don’t have balsamic reduction on hand? Try a drizzle of honey!
Swap out apple or pear for the peach.
Arugula works lovely instead of basil
Like a little heat? Try some chili flakes.
I kept the chicken breast really simple with just a little salt and pepper. Feel free to season with some Italian seasoning if you like.
Want to lighten things? Cut your bread slices on the thinner side and reduce the prosciutto by half. It’ll still taste delish!
Want to indulge a little? Opt for brie cheese instead of mozzarella. Super yum too!
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Hope you love this chicken and prosciutto sandwich recipe as much as we do!
If you make this easy Italian sandwich recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed! Thank you!
Chicken Prosciutto Sandwich (with peach)
- 8 ounces boneless and skinless chicken breast (or use store-bought cooked rotisserie chicken)
- pinch salt
- pinch black pepper (for mozzarella and chicken breast)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 slices sandwich bread (your favourite bread)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons light mayo (or to taste)
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella , cut into slices
- 4 slices prosciutto (about 50 grams or about 1.5 to 2 ounces)
- 1 peach , sliced
- few leaves fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic reduction (or honey)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place chicken breast on a sheet pan (or in a cast-iron pan). Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil.
- Bake chicken breast for about 23 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and juices run clear. Once cooked, transfer the chicken breast to a plate to rest (while you are preparing the rest of your sandwich) before slicing. Alternatively, you can use store-bought cooked rotisserie chicken to save time.
- Meanwhile, crisp prosciutto by placing in a non-stick pan on the stovetop over medium heat, cooking until crispy (just a few minutes), turning once. Watch because it can burn quickly. Alternatively, you can place in the oven with the chicken during the last 5 to 8 minutes of cook time or until the prosciutto reaches your desired doneness. Again, watch carefully, because prosciutto can burn quickly!
- Toast bread and smear mayo on one side of all 4 slices of bread.
- Distribute mozzarella and a pinch of black pepper between 2 of those slices of bread (over mayo).
- On top of mozzarella, distribute cooked chicken, then crispy prosciutto, peach slices, basil and balsamic drizzle. Top with remaining slices of bread (mayo side on the inside) to form the two sandwiches. Enjoy!
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.