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Chicken Saltimbocca

I was searching the Cook’s Illustrated website for dinner ideas, and I came upon this. I remembered seeing it a while ago and thinking that it sounded good, so I decided to give it a try. I was sure glad I did! I liked the combination of the ham and prosciutto. The sauce was also very good. I really like basic white wine and butter sauces, so I was pretty sure I would like this. The sauce had a bit of a bite, so if you don’t want a strong wine taste, you might want to reduce the wine a bit. Otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Chicken Saltimbocca

½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Ground black pepper
8 thin-cut, boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets (about 2 pounds), trimmed of ragged
edges as necessary
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves, plus 8 large leaves (optional)
8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into 5- to 6-inch long pieces to match the chicken (about 3
ounces)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 ¼ cups dry vermouth or white wine
2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and chilled
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
Table salt

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Combine flour and 1 teaspoon pepper in shallow dish.

Pat cutlets dry with paper towels. Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off any excess. Lay cutlets flat and sprinkle evenly with minced sage. Place 1 prosciutto slice on top of each cutlet, pressing lightly to adhere; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to shimmer. Add sage leaves (if using) and cook until leaves begin to change color and are fragrant, about 15 to 20 seconds. Using slotted spoon, remove sage to paper towel-lined plate; reserve. Add half of cutlets to pan, prosciutto-side down, and cook until light golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook on other side until light golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to wire rack set on rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and cutlets, then transfer to oven to keep warm while preparing sauce.

Pour off excess fat from skillet. Stir in vermouth, scraping up any browned bits, and simmer until reduced to about 1/3 cup, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Turn heat to low and whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Off heat, stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper. Remove chicken from oven and place on platter. Spoon sauce over cutlets before serving.

Source: Cook’s Illustrated March 2008

3 Responses

  1. This looks great! You should also try Giada’s Chicken Saltimbocca recipe – its great too!

  2. This looks really delicious!

  3. wooooow, that looks yummy. Good job!

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