Chicken Saltimbocca. Tender slices of chicken breast, lightly sauteed and rolled with prosciutto, cheese and fresh sage leaves. Served with a rich tomato cream sauce and a side of pasta. Who said a chicken dish can’t be elegant? It’s fast and easy too. For dinner tonight, here is my take on an old classic.
- 6 chicken cutlets, sliced or pounded to 1/4″ thickness
- 6 slices of good quality prosciutto
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- Romano cheese, freshly grated
- olive oil
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, sliced thin
- sage leaves
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup cream of mushroom soup
I purchased thin sliced chicken cutlets to save time. If using larger boneless breasts, slice them yourself and pound to 1/4″ thickness. Season the cutlets with salt and pepper, dredge them in flour and lightly brown both sides in olive oil. The chicken does not need to be cooked through at this point, we will finish it in the oven. Don’t crowd the skillet, work in batches if needed.
Remove to a plate and top each piece with 1 slice of prosciutto and a sage leaf.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese, as much as you like.
Roll up each slice and secure with toothpicks. Top each with another sage leaf. Place in a baking dish with a little white wine, and finish in the oven at 325º for 15 minutes.
While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. Using the same skillet, add olive oil, tomato paste, garlic and sage leaves. Cook 1 minute.
Add the wine and the broth, then whisk in the flour. When the mixture is smooth, stir in the cream of mushroom soup. Remove the sage leaves.
I served the Chicken Saltimbocca with a side of rigatoni pasta and zucchini. I cooked the zucchini right in the pasta water.
To serve, remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle with tomato cream sauce.
Toss the remaining sauce with the pasta and finish with more cheese and fresh parsley.
There you are, an elegant meal ready in just 30 minutes. Make it for your someone special. You will get rave reviews, maybe a marriage proposal!