Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chicken Saltimbocca with Balsamic Glaze Recipe

The combination of moist chicken, salty prosciutto, creamy mozzarella and sweet balsamic are dreamy to me!  This is an easy weeknight meal or great for having guests over for dinner.  I love to serve chicken saltimbocca with mashed potatoes to pick up all of the delicious balsamic glaze.

Chicken Saltimbocca with Balsamic Glaze Recipe
Recipe slightly adapted from Williams Sonoma
Serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, lightly pounded to an even thickness
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
4 slices of prosciutto, not paper thin
4 slices of mozzarella, sliced thin
3/4 cup dry white wine, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Spread the flour on a plate and dredge each breast, coating evenly and shaking off the excess. Set aside

In a large fry pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter with the olive oil until very hot. Add the chicken breasts and cook until the undersides are golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts over and continue to cook  until they feel firm when pressed in the centers, 4 to 6 minutes more.

Reduce the heat to very low. Sprinkle the breasts evenly with the chopped or dried sage. Top each breast with a piece of prosciutto, then divide the cheese slices evenly among the breasts. Cover the pan tightly and cook until the cheese is melted, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and tent with aluminum foil, being careful not to allow the foil to touch the cheese.

Increase the heat to high. When the pan is sizzling, add the wine  and balsamic to deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits stuck on the pan bottom. Boil until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 Tbs. butter.

Spoon an equal amount of the sauce over each breast, then garnish with a sage leaf. Serve immediately.

1)      Don’t have fresh sage? No worries, just use 1 teaspoon of dried sage 

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