Friday, May 2, 2008

Chicken Saltimbocca

In order to appreciate this dish fully, it's time for an Italian lesson:

Saltimbocca = jumps in the mouth
Deliziosi = delicious

Yes, Chicken Saltimbocca is delicious. It's full of flavor and... well... it's wonderful. Let's face it - the name is just cute.

Chicken and Lemon Saltimbocca
Recipe by Giada de Laurentiis, adapted slightly

Total prep & cook time - about 20-25 min

4 veal chops, pounded 1/2 to 1/4-inch thick (I used chicken breasts)
4 thin lemon slices
4 sage leaves, plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped (I chopped flat leaf parsley instead of chopped sage)
4 large slices prosciutto
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (14.5 can) whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the chicken on a work surface and season with salt and pepper. Place a slice of lemon on top of each. Top with 1 leaf of sage. Lay a large piece of prosciutto on each and press to seal. (I used toothpicks)

Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the veal chops in the hot oil, lemon side down. Saute until the prosciutto starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Turn the veal over and saute for another 2 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to a platter and set aside.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken broth and reduce by half. Add the tomatoes, cream, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined and hot. Pour the sauce over the veal and top with the remaining 1 teaspoon finely chopped sage (I used parsley). Serve immediately.

I served this with the pasta side I made with Chicken Rollatini. It complimented the dish well.

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