Chicken and mozzarella in tomato sauce

Chicken and mozzarella in tomato sauce
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 25 min

In this fun Italian recipe, you flatten chicken breasts with a rolling pin to make a quick supper bursting with mozzarella and Parma ham.


  • 4 skinned chicken breasts
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 500g tub fresh tomato pasta sauce
  • 75g pitted black olives
  • Handful shredded fresh basil leaves, plus 8 whole leaves
  • 125g mozzarella ball, cut into 8 thin slices and patted dry with kitchen paper
  • 4 slices Parma ham


  1. Using a rolling pin, flatten the chicken breasts between 2 sheets of cling film into 5mm thick escalopes. Brush with a little olive oil, season, and cook in a hot frying pan for 3-4 minutes, turning halfway, until cooked and golden.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. In a small pan, heat the pasta sauce until hot. Stir in the olives and shredded basil.
  3. Pour into a shallow ovenproof dish, lay the chicken on top and cover each escalope with 2 mozzarella slices, 2 basil leaves and 1 slice Parma ham. Grill for 5-6 minutes, until bubbling. Serve with olive oil mash and green vegetables.


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