Classic Chicken Saltimbocca
"Saltimbocca" is Italian for "jumps in the mouth." Enjoy our variation of the classic Italian dish.
- Servings: 4
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1995
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves (about 5 ounces each)
- 4 ounces Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
- 6 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 16 large fresh sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup Madeira
Slice the tenderloin (the small flap of meat) from chicken breast halves; set aside. Cut each breast on the bias into 3 medallions. Place tenderloins and medallions between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound to 1/16 inch thick. On each piece, layer a slice of Fontina, half a slice of prosciutto, and a sage leaf; secure by threading a toothpick through the layers. Sprinkle underside of each with salt and pepper.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over high heat. Saute half the pieces, chicken side down, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook 1 minute more. Remove from pan and keep warm. Repeat with 1 tablespoon butter and remaining chicken. Remove and keep warm.
Pour Madeira into skillet and let reduce slightly, about 1 minute. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and cook, swirling pan, until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds. Pour sauce over chicken, remove toothpicks, and serve immediately.