Skinny Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca
With January here I have been thinking about ways to eat lighter but of course I am not willing to sacrifice anything in the way of flavour! When contemplating dishes that are full of flavour one of the first that comes to mind is saltimbocca , an Italian dish where meat is topped with sage and prosciutto, which is just packed full of flavour! Although saltimbocca is typically made with veal the chicken version is also really good and it is so simple to make that you can easily do it on a week night! This dish is as easy to make as cooking the chicken until both the sage and prosciutto is nice and crispy and then making a quick lemon pan sauce which adds even more flavour and capers are sometimes added to the sauce. If you are looking for a way to eat a bit lighter without sacrificing any flavour, this chicken saltimbocca is definitely a tasty way to go!

Note: Another version of saltimbocca, called saltimbocca alla Romana, is made by rolling the sage and prosciutto up in the meat but I like the simplicity and easy of just wrapping the chicken up with the prosciutto with the sage leaves underneath.

Chicken Saltimbocca
To keep things on the healthier side I served the chicken saltimbocca on a bed of simply sauted swiss chard which collected all of the extra tasty lemon and caper sauce.

Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

Chicken wrapped in salty prosciutto with crispy fried sage served in a lemon caper sauce that is just bursting with flavour without all of the calories.

  • 4 (6 ounce) chicken breasts, boneless, skinless and pounded thin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8+ sage leaves
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 lemon, juice (4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  1. Season the chicken in salt and pepper and wrap in the prosciutto securing 2 leaves of sage between the prosciutto and each chicken breast.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, add the chicken and cook until the prosciutto is crispy and the chicken lightly golden brown and cooked, about 2-4 minutes per side and set aside.
  3. Add the wine and deglaze the pan, add the chicken broth with the cornstarch mixed in, lemon juice and capers and simmer until reduced by half, about 4-6 minutes.
  4. Add the butter and cook until melted and the sauce thickens a bit, about 1 minute.
  5. Server the chicken topped with the lemon sauce.

Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by adding 8 ounces of pasta and 2 1/4 cups broth or water (or 1 cup of rice and 2 cups broth or water) to the sauce in step 3 and simmer, covered, until cooked, about 12 minutes (or 20 minutes for rice).


Linda Gilmore said...

OMG sounds so good.

Anonymous said...

Looks like an easy and yummy recipe. Will cook this tonight....

Gaby said...

ANYTHING with proscuitto on it is good in my book!! Love this dish!

Kate @Framed Cooks said...

I love saltimbocca but have only ever had the veal version...great idea to make it with chicken. Delicious! Happy New Year to you.


This looks fantastic and I love that it's figure-friendly!

Heather Christo said...

This is totally gorgeous Kevin! looks so incredibly flavorful...

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

This looks absolutely amazing!

Fashionablefoods said...

Fantastic. worth trying for sure..:)
Thanks. I am sure many will benefit. Please do visit too..

marla said...

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes!! Looks wonderful Kevin :)

Maria said...

Josh will love this one!

موسوعة الطبخ said...

mmmmmm beautiful =)
thank you so much

vanillasugarblog said...

I need to make more skinny recipes.
You are way ahead of me Kevin!

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naomi said...

Light and this delicious-um yay, bookmarked!

Alice Duquesnoy said...

I made this tonight and my husband said we will definately have this again! Delicious and so easy to make, what more could you want!

Anonymous said...

You really out did yourself on this one, Kevin! Delicious, easy and elegant.

Blogger said...

oohh wow yummy Fabulous!!

muaah me pani aa gaya!! :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Veal Saltimbocca is one of my favorite things to order in a restaurant. I will definitely try this.

Anonymous said...

How did you do the lemon slices? They make the dish look SO fresh!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Chicken saltimbocca is one of my favorite Italian dishes (and I never eat it with veal). I think wrapping rather than rolling is a much prettier (and simpler) presenation too. I like your use of capers. I would not have thought of it.

Alexis said...

Made this tonight and my four year old ate a huge serving and asked for seconds. A big hit! Thanks for posting. :)

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I just place the lemon slices into the sauce as it simmers.

Kathi Petersen said...

Made this tonight, it was fantastic!! I had it with homemade ricotta gnocchi, great combination, with sauted spinach. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

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