Chicken Saltimbocca is a classic Italian dish that combines tender chicken with the savory flavors of prosciutto and sage. The word “saltimbocca” literally translates to “jumps in the mouth” in Italian, reflecting the burst of flavor this dish delivers. Traditionally made with veal, this chicken version is just as delightful and slightly more accessible for home cooks.

Chicken Saltimbocca


To make Chicken Saltimbocca, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 thin slices of prosciutto
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges (for serving)


Step 1: Prepare the Chicken Breasts

  1. Pounding the Chicken: Place each chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Use a meat mallet to pound the chicken to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. This helps the chicken cook evenly and quickly.
  2. Seasoning: Lightly season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Be cautious with the salt as the prosciutto will add its own saltiness.
  3. Adding Prosciutto and Sage: Lay a slice of prosciutto on top of each chicken breast. Place a sage leaf on top of the prosciutto and press gently to adhere.

Cooking Instructions

Step 2: Dredge and Cook the Chicken

  1. Dredging: Lightly dredge each chicken breast in all-purpose flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Heating the Oil: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Cooking the Chicken: Place the chicken breasts in the skillet, prosciutto side down. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the prosciutto is crispy and the chicken is golden brown. Flip the chicken and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the chicken, as it can become dry.

Step 3: Create the Sauce

  1. Deglazing the Pan: Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside on a plate. Add the white wine to the skillet to deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  2. Add Chicken Broth: Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Finish the Sauce: Stir in the butter until melted and the sauce is smooth. Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon some of the sauce over the top. Heat for an additional 1-2 minutes to warm the chicken through.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken Saltimbocca is best enjoyed with simple sides that complement its rich flavors. Here are some serving suggestions:

  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a perfect match for the savory sauce.
  • Steamed Vegetables: Lightly steamed asparagus or green beans add a fresh, crunchy contrast.
  • Risotto: A classic Italian risotto pairs wonderfully with this dish.
  • Salad: A simple mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette can balance the richness of the chicken.

Garnish the dish with lemon wedges for a bright, fresh touch. The acidity of the lemon enhances the flavors of the chicken and prosciutto.

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Buon Appetito!

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