Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas

Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and PeasRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch


You can substitute bacon for pancetta, and cream cheese for mascarpone.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half and about 2 tablespoons sauce)
Total time: 37 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 37 Minutes
Total: 37 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 387
Fat 17.9 g
Satfat 6.4 g
Monofat 6.8 g
Polyfat 3.1 g
Protein 42 g
Carbohydrate 7.7 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Cholesterol 134 mg
Iron 1.5 mg
Sodium 630 mg
Calcium 50 mg


1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 ounces pancetta, chopped
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed


1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove garlic from pan using a slotted spoon; reserve garlic. Increase heat to medium-high. Add pancetta; sauté 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan using a slotted spoon; reserve pancetta.

2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; sauté 4 minutes on each side. Remove chicken from pan. Add wine; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook until the liquid almost evaporates (about 3 minutes). Return chicken to pan. Add stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan.

3. Add mascarpone to pan, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Combine water and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; stir in pancetta, garlic, and peas. Cook 1 minute. Serve sauce over chicken.