Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

pancetta-wrapped chicken with glazed date sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • ½ 5.2-ounce package semi-soft cheese with garlic and fines herbes

  • 4 thin slices pancetta or prosciutto (about 1 ounce)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup pitted whole dates, chopped

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • cup water

  • Salt and ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Cut chicken in half horizontally. Top each half with one-fourth the cheese. Wrap pancetta around cheese; tuck ends under chicken.

  2. In large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, cheese side up first, over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn; cook 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown and no pink remains in chicken. Transfer to platter; cover to keep warm.

  3. Remove skillet from heat. Add dates, vinegar, and water to skillet. Return to heat. Cook, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes, until sauce is thickened and dates are soft, stirring to scrape up browned bits.

  4. Spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestion:

Wilted greens such as Napa cabbage or escarole.


Substitute blue cheese for the semi-soft cheese with garlic and fine herbs, and used dried cherries in place of dates.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
16g Fat
22g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 573mg 12%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*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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