Chicken Saltimbocca for Two

Posted 22 April, 2011 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 30 Comments

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Wellllllll…it doesn’t have to be for two. It just happens that I was feeding two (Scott and myself) when I made this meal. I had some leftover prosciutto that I needed to cook up, so I googled Chicken Saltimbocca and modified a recipe from Williams Sonoma (more or less halved). Apparently Saltimbocca means “jump into the mouth” and oh my gosh is that what it did. I can’t believe how easy and tasty this recipe was.

Chicken Saltimbocca

Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded to an even thickness
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter (divided)
1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried sage
2 slices prosciutto (mine were long and thin enough to fold over)
1/2 cup mozzarella
1/3 cup dry white wine (used cooking wine)

Directions:
1. Trim fat from chicken and pound to about 1/2 inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper
2. Pour flour into a shallow bowl or plate and dredge each breast (both sides) in the flour
3. Melt 1/2 tbsp butter with the olive oil in a skillet and when melted and pan is hot add chicken
4. Saut√© chicken on medium high heat until cooked through–about 4-5 minutes on each side
5. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle each breast evenly with sage (little goes a long way!)
6. Add prosciutto to each chicken breast and then grated mozzarella’s on top of the prosciutto.
7. Cover the skillet and heat until cheese is melted. Remove to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm
8. Increase heat on skillet and add wine. Stir to scrape up the browned bits and cook until wine is reduced.
9. When wine is reduced, add remaining 1/2 tbsp butter until melted and spoon mixture over chicken
10. Freakin’ enjoy. Looks like a lot of steps, but is pretty easy and yummmmmm.

The asparagus was also wrapped in prosciutto, drizzled with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, and roasted in the oven at 400 degrees. I didn’t pay attention to how long it was in the oven. Maybe 15 minutes? (edited again: asparagus was a little overcooked–explanation in comments). But also yummmmmmm.

So…hope this Saltimbocca jumps into your mouth!

I tried this recipe as part of the Whip Up Something New Challenge, a challenge that encourages you to dig through your untried recipes and get cooking.  My cousin Michelle is hosting the challenge this month so be sure to pop by and see all the participants. I hope you’ll join us from month to month!

Every weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  “Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.”  Hope you’ll join the fun!

30 Responses to “Chicken Saltimbocca for Two”

  1. *Softdrink – Ha! Figured that would totally go unnoticed. ;)

    Scott has Oral Allergy Syndrome which somehow means that he can’t have most fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s the protein that his body rejects, so if it’s cooked or processed enough (can eat canned stuff and really cooked veggies/fruits) then the protein breaks down and he can eat it.

    No salad. No corn on the cob. No Strawberry Shortcake. It stinks big time but we try to work around it as much as we can.

  2. I love crunchy asparagus, so it kinda stood out for me. And I’ve never heard of that, so thanks for explaining it. I really hope avocados aren’t on the taboo list. Because life without guacamole would be a drag.

  3. I’ve never heard of someone being allergic to crunchy veggies before. Not a fun thing to be allergic too – at least it wouldn’t be for me. I love veggies of any kind. This looks so yummy – chicken of any kind is my favorite!

  4. Yes! Chicken Saltimbocca is one of my favs. I usually have it at Maggiano’s, one of my favorite restaurants. That and the lasagna. This recipe looks good, I’ll have to mention it to Steph. I bet she’d make it in a heartbeat.

    Pax

  5. This looks really good. I just made a chicken last night that was very similar but with feta and oregano. I’ll have to try this one.

    Your poor husband. I couldn’t imagine not being able to eat fresh strawberries or pineapple. I hate my vegetables mushy so that would be a big bummer. That’s nice that you’ve found a way to make it work.

  6. Your pictures are making my mouth water! I hadn’t heard of OAS before reading your post, but I’m curious. I experience a mysterious allergic reaction to something, and I’ve been wondering if its related to certain fruits / veg, but haven’t figured it out yet.

  7. *Softdrink – Avacado and Bananas are no nos no matter how cooked. So no guac. But that doesn’t stop me from eating it!! ;)

    *Darlene – The dish was very yummy and so easy. Couldn’t believe how tender the chicken was.

    *Paxton – Yes, I love this dish at Maggiano’s as well–or Buca di Beppo. The dish was really easy–probably hardest part is finding the proscuitto?

    *Carol – I’m still in shock at how good this meal was. ;) Will definitely make again–easy one to impress company!

    *Kristi – ooooh, been a long time since I’ve had feta. Can’t wait to eat that soft cheese again! ;) Scott LOVES canned pineapple–and I admit I kind of like it better than the fresh stuff. Not sure I could give up fresh berries, though!

    *Bermuda – Supposedly the allergies are supposed to peak in the 20s or 30s and then start to go away, so we both have our fingers crossed.

    *Charley – I hope you’re able to figure out your allergies but hope it’s not for something delicious. :( I don’t think OAS is very common–not much is known about it. BUT, the chicken was really good!

  8. That dinner looks delicious; I love asparagus, it’s one of my favorites, but unfortunately I’m the only one in my family who likes it.

    I too had never heard of this food allergy before. I love my vegs cooked very al dente, but my husband has an absolute aversion to any vegetable that is not cooked to death…it’s made for some interesting mealtimes over the years :)

  9. Chicken Saltimbocca is like my brother’s favorite dish..I should make it for him sometime.

    never to be able to eat corn on the cob..so sad.

  10. Looks delicious and I have chicken breasts in fride. I feel for Scott. I had the best corn on the cob last evening!

  11. Sounds yummy! And Michelle’s a cousin of yours too? I’m impressed by your family’s culinary and blogging skills! :-)

  12. I will make this dish for two reasons: 1)It looks and sounds delicious, and 2) I want to say the word Saltimbocca. Sounds like fun and a good excuse to buy prociutto.

  13. Every time I’ve cooked with wine or beer the food tastes nasty. Maybe it’s because we don’t drink, I don’t know. Wonder how this would taste without the wine.

    Feel free to visit my W C

  14. This looks so good! We do a lot of Chicken Parmagiana which is crumbed chicken like this with a tomato sauce and then melted cheese. This sounds like a nice alternative.

  15. i’ve not heard of this dish before. I did make chicken like this, only didn’t have the idea to add the extras on top.

    Thanks for the heads up about OAC. New to me even though I have a whack of allergies, all that nice green stuff growing outside, but not to foods.

  16. *TheBookGirl – Ha! Sounds like our husbands would go on great together. I like my veggies crisp as well, but alas…

    *Caite – Seriously, this recipe was unbelievably easy! Definitely going to incorporate some of the steps into other recipes as well.

    *Nise – This the season for corn on the cob, too! I always request it when going to my parents for dinner. Too lazy to cook for myself.

    *Joanna – Haha! Yes, I have a LOT of cousins, but Elise and Michelle are the only ones I know of actively participating in the challenge. Makes it fun!

    *Beth F – Guess when you don’t realize what you’re missing…Luckily we’re able to find some ways around the allergies. And yes, this dish was great!

    *Peaceful Raeder – Thanks for visiting!

    *Elise – Love proscuitto as well but don’t have many excuses to cook with it. Hope this turns out well for you!

    *Margo – Isn’t Saltimbocca lovely? And I love that it means “jump in the mouth”! Enjoy!

    *Blacksheep – It’s Weekend Cooking! Hmmm…how to make this dish healthier…? Good luck! ;)

    *Faith – The wine in this dish could be completely skipped–just stop at the melted cheese and you’re good to go! But all of the alcohol burns off with the cooking.

    *Marg – LOVE Chicken Parm but I’ve never attempted to make it. Definitely on the list. This one is also a nice Italian dish–a little lighter than Chicken Parm?

    *Heather – I bet this would be good with Ham as well–easier to find than the proscuitto. Hope your allergies go away soon with the change in seasons!

    *Sam – I love asparagus as well and never tried to cook it in the oven before. Liked it much better than steaming it! I always tend to overcook it that way.

  17. This looks delicious. Easy enough for a quick weekday meal. I’m going to save the recipe to make later. Thanks!

  18. *Michelle – Don’t know how picky your girls are, but the original recipe makes four breasts. Hope you enjoy!

    *Marie – I hope you enjoy it! It really was much easier than it seems it would be.

  19. I’ve never heard of someone being allergic to crunchy veggies before. Not a fun thing to be allergic too – at least it wouldn’t be for me. I love veggies of any kind. This looks so yummy – chicken of any kind is my favorite!

  20. thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Isn’t it a delightful collection of chicken recipes? I find it a wonderful resource for inspiration.