Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca

This is one of those dishes whose flavor far outpaces the effort. It’s company-worthy, but also perfectly suited for a Wednesday night casual supper. The sage permeates every bite of the meat and the lemon in the pan sauce gives a pleasant tang against the saltiness of the prosciutto.

This is traditionally made with boneless pork loin chops, which are also amazing.

Chicken Saltimbocca

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 8 boneless pork loin chops)

salt and fresh ground pepper

8 slices prosciutto (Applegate Farms makes a good one with no sugar)

8 large sage leaves, or more if small

coconut oil, butter, or cooking fat of choice

Flattened Chicken

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (bonus points for homemade)

juice and zest of 1 lemon

1) Place thighs on a cutting board on a sturdy surface. Pound with a meat mallet or other tool (I used a jar) until about 1/2-inch thick. Salt and pepper both sides of each thigh. Add 1 slice of prosciutto to inner side of thigh, top with a sage leaf, fold thigh in half, and secure the seam with a toothpick threaded through to hold the ends together.

2) Add cooking fat to a large skillet (not cast iron) over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add chicken thighs, being careful not to crowd. Cook until well-browned on one side (about 7 minutes), flip and cook on the other side until browned and chicken is cooked through (another 7-8 minutes). Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

3) Add more fat to pan if needed and sautΓ© garlic until fragrant (1 minute). Add chicken broth and lemon zest and juice. Crank heat to high and reduce sauce down until it thickens up a bit and the flavors are concentrated (7-10 minutes). Keep an eye on it, since it can go from watery to dry very quickly. If desired, you can add the chicken back to the pan to re-warm. Remove toothpicks and serve chicken with sauce poured over.

Serves 4.



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