Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bella Inspired Chicken and Prosciutto Pita

Do you have favorite place to eat? A favorite dish that you order, at that place, each and every time? To the point which the server doesn't even bring you a menu when she spots you? Well, I do! All of the above! In my dream world, I would be able to visit my favorite restaraunt any day I was craving my special dish but we all know that's not reality, so.... I was forced to do my best to recreate my absolute favorite lunchtime treat. All the credit goes to Bella Cucina, a quaint treasure to our small town.
* Note- this recipe is for a larger crowd. For a smaller batch, half the ingredients*

1 bottle balsamic vinegar
chicken breast- one per person
1 package prosciutto
one large container of spinach
1 red or vidalia onion
1 jar roasted red pepper
1 container feta
Pita- 1-2 per person  

The process is done best in stages. While you are crisping the prosciutto in a pan, like bacon, dice the onion very small and slice the red peppers. Once the prosciutto is crisped and cooled a bit, break apart into small pieces. Set the prepped ingredients aside.

Begin reducing the bottle balsamic vinegar in a small pot. First bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat to simmer. It was need to simmer for 20 minutes, until it has reduced by half. Do not turn heat up. Set aside to cool and thicken.

While balsamic is reducing, cook chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder in the same skillet as the prosciutto. When cooked through, slice it into thin slices.

Add the spinach, prepped ingredients and half the balsamic reduction into a large bowl. Once chicken is cooked through, add it to the bowl and toss it all together to combine. Serve on pita shells, drizzled with the balsamic reduction.

This sounds like a difficult process but trust me when I say, it's not and it's worth it!


  1. Hi I just found your blog a few nights ago. Everything looks so good. This recipe is probably the one i'm wanting to try most! Can i ask, what is the sauce and the other things on the plate with the pita? just curious. BTW i believe i went to school with your husband. I recognize him in your pic. Tell him Katie Hauptman says hi... And I can not wait to try some of these recipes!! Thanks Katie

  2. Hi Katie, so glad you found my blog! The "sauce" is actually hummus for the pita chips. Can't wait for you to try this!

  3. I am having fun i keep going back and forth between your blog and the pioneer woman's trying to make a grocery list! my husband and i feel like we are in a dinner rut, same thing all the time. so i am going to be trying a few of your recipes soon! as soon as i can make a good trip to the grocery store! but i will let you know how they turn out!

  4. Wow!!! What a compliment! I love her blog, I went to Pittsburgh to meet her!