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Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken saltimbocca is just so delicious. Imagine the sweetness of the Marsala wine and the slight saltiness of the Parma ham along with chicken fillets that have been cooked just right so the chicken is really tender.

Chicken Saltimbocca
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The sauce for saltimbocca is so simple to make and cheesy mash goes perfectly - I can't imagine for one minute that Italian's would serve it with saltimbocca, but it is nice!

What is Chicken Saltimbocca?

What is chicken saltimbocca? Saltimbocca is an Italian term that means 'jumps in the mouth'. 

Typically made with veal or chicken fillets that are wrapped with prosciutto (Parma ham) slices and sage leaves, then cooked until golden.

Ingredients in Chicken Saltimbocca

  • 2 chicken breast fillets - skinless
  • 2 slices of Parma ham
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 50g salted butter
  • 6 small sage leaves
  • a handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 100ml Marsala wine
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put the chicken breasts on a chopping board and cover them with cling film. Using something flat and 'bashable' bash out until they are flattened. Don't go too mad as you don't want to tear them.

Season with a little salt and pepper. Place 3 sage leaves on each breast and lay a piece of Parma ham on top. Secure with a wooden skewer.

Saltimbocca ready to cook

In a large frying pan, heat the oil and half of the butter on a medium heat. Once it's nice and hot, place the chicken in the pan, ham side down. Cook for 2 minutes until browned. Turn and cook for a further 3 minutes until just cooked through.

When that's done, remove and put the chicken onto a plate and cover with foil.

Pour the Marsala wine into the hot frying pan and with the help of a wooden spoon, start to deglaze by scraping up the lovely gooey bits on the bottom. Over a high heat simmer for 2 minutes until slightly reduced.

Now, stir in the remaining butter then season with salt and pepper. Return the chicken and any juice to the pan, throw in the chopped parsley.

Spoon over the sauce and cook for just one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and remove the skewer from the chicken and serve immediately.

Chicken Saltimbocca Recipe 

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  1. Back from holiday?

    I keep meaning to get round to buying some denhay air dried ham and trying that out.

  2. That looks yummy! It looks a great way to enjoy chicken breasts :)

  3. Yum! I'm looking forward to that mash recipe!!

  4. Looks loaded with deliciousness Jan!

  5. It looks wonderful delicious!

  6. Mmm that looks delicious Jan!

  7. This looks wonderful...very refined...from the assembly to the final plating...me hungry!

  8. Hey Jan, I have passed on The Kreative Award to you.

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