Chicken Saltimbocca

As I mentioned earlier in the week, one of the things I love about visiting Ireland is the discovery of new shows. Between Ireland and the UK, they have some pretty good and some delightfully bad shows. One quality discovery I made while visiting was Catherine’s Italian Kitchen

Catherine’s Italian Kitchen features Catherine Fulvio, an Irish native with a Sicilian husband, and the show is filmed between Ireland and Sicily making for some gorgeous scenery as well as some great recipes. Catherine is a graduate of Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School, a place I will take cooking classes at some point in my life.

After seeing the show on television while in Ireland, I was delighted to find an episode being shown on the entertainment system on our Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston.

In the episode I saw, Catherine made a pork saltimbocca, wrapping pork fillets with prosciutto and quickly pan frying them for a flavorful main course. 

prosciutto

Saltimbocca literally means “jumps in the mouth”, and the simple flavors in this dish definitely do excite the palate. I decided this weekend that I would make a quick variation on Catherine’s saltimbocca using chicken instead of pork. I started by dividing two chicken breasts in half and cleaning off the icky parts.

chicken breast

Then I placed the chicken between two cutting boards (only used for chicken, then rinsed and put in the dishwasher!) and pounded them down with my fists until they were very thin.

chicken breast

The thin fillets mean that the cooking time is minimal. Once the chicken was thin enough, I wrapped each piece with a layer of prosciutto so that the entire half of a chicken breast was in contact with it.

chicken saltimbocca

I heated a mix of butter and olive oil in a skillet then gently placed the chicken pieces in.

chicken saltimbocca

For most of the chicken pieces, a few minutes on either side was just enough to make sure they were done. This guy up front was a little thicker, so I ended up placing the pan into the oven for a few minutes to cook through, and we ate the done chicken first.

chicken saltimbocca

I served the chicken with a top secret recipe that I tested for a cookbook that is not yet released. A post on recipe testing will be up later today!

My chicken did not turn out as pretty as Catherine’s pork saltimbocca did, but it was certainly an enjoyable dinner and something I would make again in a heartbeat. Chicken can get kind of dull, and the prosciutto was just the thing to jazz it up!

What was the last cooking show inspired meal you made? Do you have any fun ways of making chicken to make this common protein a little more exciting?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Proscuitto and chicken make an awesome combination. I haven’t been inspired by a lot of TV shows lately but I’ve definitely been inspired by lots of food blogs!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    i have made a similar dish before – the recipe I had called for sage to be wrapped under the prosciutto. I have also enjoyed this traditional Italian dish out in the North End! Such a good reminder of a simple way to spice up chicken. Can’t wait for the top secret recipe!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Mine called for sage too. . . sometimes when you send a man to the grocery store, you don’t always end up with all of the ingredients you need :)

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    2. LauraJayne’s avatar

      I think this is a little ironic, but I was inspired by Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America to make savory pancakes with tomatoes and cheese! The recipe received bad reviews by the chefs, but I thought it sounded delicious – and it was! Like mini pizzas!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Oooh those sound delicious! I will have to add them to my list!

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      2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

        This looks great. You can’t go wrong with proscuitto.

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      3. Emily’s avatar

        I’ve made this with sage (and spinach) — it really doe jump in your mouth and helps jazz up normally blah chicken! I am always inspired by Giada de Laurentis. I just wish I could restrain myself from eating so much like she does :)

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I love Giada too. God love er for being able to stay so skinny!

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        2. Megan’s avatar

          I get inspired by cooking shows pretty often… usually something Ina or Giada makes… like parmesan-roasted broccoli…. and meatballs. This chicken dish sounds awesome. I love the word saltimbocca… and dishes with that concept.

          Can I come to the cookery school with you? :)

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            Absolutely! Ballymaloe Cookery School, if you are reading this, please host a program for Boston-based food bloggers! :)

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          2. Terri’s avatar

            Yum! That sounds easy to make. Can’t wait to read about your secret side dish!

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          3. alicia’s avatar

            I love saltimbocca – anything with prosciutto gets my vote!!

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