Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken saltimbocca is one of those perfect entertaining dishes. It looks so pretty and fancy to serve to company but it is simple to make! Saltimbocca means “to jump in the mouth” and this dish sure does that. I always got so excited as a kid when my Nana Lulu would make it on nights that she babysat. It was fascinating to watch how fast she could put it together, especially since she always loved to take her time in the kitchen. She didn’t want to slave in the kitchen much if she was in charge of her feisty grandchildren though, so it was perfect to give us for dinner. My version of her recipe comes together pretty quickly too!

The key to my chicken saltimbocca was to get the chicken breasts nice and thin. I used my meat mallet to pound it out without tearing it. Oh, and it was very therapeutic after I had a frustrating morning!
The key to my chicken saltimbocca was to get the chicken breasts nice and thin. I used my meat mallet to pound it out without tearing it. Oh, and it was very therapeutic after I had a frustrating morning! Then it needed a generous seasoning of salt and pepper.
I stuffed my chicken saltimbocca with spinach as well as prosciutto to give it some fresh flavor. I just tossed that spinach with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil first to dress it and add lots of flavor!
I stuffed my chicken saltimbocca with baby spinach as well as the traditional prosciutto to give it some fresh flavor. I just tossed that spinach with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil first to dress it and add lots of flavor!
Then it was time to put together the chicken saltimbocca. I layered a paper thin slice of prosciutto onto each of my chicken breasts. The dressed spinach and shredded mozzarella cheese went on top. Then I just rolled each of them up tight like a jelly roll and secured them with toothpicks!
Then it was time to put together the chicken saltimbocca. I layered a paper thin slice of prosciutto onto each of my chicken breasts. The dressed spinach and shredded mozzarella cheese went on top. Then I just rolled each of them up tight like a jelly roll and secured them with toothpicks!
I browned the chicken saltimbocca in a little olive oil on each side. They started to smell so good right from the start! Then chicken stock, lemon zest and lemon juice went in to start to form a sauce around the chicken. I let it all meld together for 15 minutes to get cooked through and super flavorful.
I browned the chicken saltimbocca in a little olive oil on each side. They started to smell so good right from the start! Then chicken stock, lemon zest and lemon juice went in to start to form a sauce around the chicken. I let it all meld together for 15 minutes to get cooked through and super flavorful.

Oh my goodness, when I bit in I was transported to those nights of my Nana babysitting us and putting chicken saltimbocca on the table. The tender chicken with the salty prosciutto, creamy mozzarella and fresh spinach worked so well in a cute little rolled up package! Hope you all enjoy this Italian classic. xoxo

Chicken Saltimbocca
Chicken Saltimbocca
5 from 2 votes
Chicken Saltimbocca
Chicken Saltimbocca
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Chicken saltimbocca is such a classic that looks like a showstopper. It is simple to make though and so incredibly flavorful! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken, Chicken Saltimbocca
Servings: 6
Calories: 185 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 6 whole chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • truffle salt as needed for seasoning
  • freshly cracked black pepper as needed for seasoning
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for searing the chicken
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 slices prosciutto sliced paper thin
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 whole lemon zested and juiced
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken breasts and pound them out with a meat mallet to be really thin. Season them generously with salt and pepper. Then take the spinach and toss it well with the tablespoon of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set it aside. Lay a slice of prosciutto on top of each chicken breast. Evenly distribute the spinach on top of the prosciutto. Lastly, evenly distribute the mozzarella on top of the spinach. Roll each chicken cutlet up tightly, beginning with the tail end and secure them all with toothpicks.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides over medium high heat. Brown the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side. Then pour in the chicken stock, lemon zest and lemon juice. Let the liquid come to a gentle boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover the skillet and let the chicken cook in the liquid for 15 minutes. When it is done, remove the chicken and take out the toothpicks. Let the liquid reduce down for another 5 minutes. Plate the chicken with cooked rice and generously spoon the sauce on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Saltimbocca
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.7g9%
Saturated Fat 1.1g7%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 569mg25%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 1.7g1%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 31.5g63%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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8 thoughts on “Chicken Saltimbocca”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious! I will definitely have to keep it in mind for the times I’m needing to get a little frustration out. lol I love that this dish sounds so flavorful!

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