Ham-and Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken

Ham Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 cup diced cooked ham, rind removed

  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or parsley

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style or whole-grain mustard

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 lb.)

  • 8 ounce green, white, and/or purple asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. For deviled ham, in a food processor combine ham, mayonnaise, onion, tarragon, Worcestershire, vinegar, mustard, cayenne, and a few grinds of black pepper. Cover and process until ham is very finely chopped and almost smooth, scraping processor bowl as needed. Set aside while butterflying chicken breasts (see next step) or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

  2. To butterfly chicken breasts, place each breast half on a flat surface or cutting board. With palm on chicken and fingers away from blade, cut through one side of the chicken breast to within 3/4 inch of the opposite side. Open to lie flat. Pound chicken with flat side of meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness.

  3. To stuff chicken breasts, spread 1/4 cup of the deviled ham on half of each chicken piece. Top with 3 to 5 asparagus spears. Fold unstuffed half over stuffing. Tie closed with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

  4. In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium heat. Cook chicken in hot oil for 10 to 12 minutes per side, until browned and no longer pink (170°F).

  5. If desired, serve chicken with a Mixed Green and Radish Salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
17g Fat
3g Carbs
54g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 929mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 7.1mg 36%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 1021mg 22%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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