Chicken Saltimbocca is a weeknight-friendly dish that takes 25 minutes to make! Thin chicken breast cutlets are wrapped in fresh sage and prosciutto, cooked in a butter wine sauce, and topped with provolone cheese. There’s so much flavor, and it pairs beautifully with sides like Potato Gratin and Roasted Brussels Sprouts!

Chicken Saltimbocca Sliced On Wooden Board with Provolone Cheese

Saltimbocca Chicken is easily one of the Italian classics, and what’s lovely about it is it’s full of flavor, but also a relatively light dish. It’s a protein-heavy preparation with bold flavor from fresh sage and quality prosciutto.

I worked at an Italian restaurant in high school and college that was well-known for their trinity of classics: Marsala, Piccata, and Saltimbocca. I have tended to cycle through these classics in my kitchen as well, because they’re good weeknight workhorse kinds of recipes.

While these three classics are traditionally made with veal cutlets, veal is pretty hard to find. Fortunately, chicken takes nicely as the stand-in. Just as I did in my Easy Chicken Marsala recipe, we will make Saltimbocca Style Chicken for this tasty dish.

Provolone Topped Prosciutto Chicken In Skillet

This recipe is gluten-free, as I do not think it’s necessary to dredge the cutlets in flour. We will thicken the sauce by reducing down the wine and broth or stock, and save the breading for the Chicken Cordon Bleu!

Tips for Best Results

Take the chill off the meat – Ideally, remove the chicken breast from the fridge an hour before you plan to cook. I always do this meat now, after experiencing how essential it is for steaks like Grilled Ribeye. It’s the same thing with this Glazed Spiral Ham. If the meat isn’t super cold as a starting point, then it requires less cooking and will dry out much less.

Use good prosciutto – It’s absolutely wild how much quality varies with prosciutto. You don’t need to use totally top-of-the-line stuff here, but do use a decent prosciutto from Parma or another kind that tastes good out of the package.

Consider the cheese – In my experience, Chicken Saltimbocca is most often made with provolone. I worked at an Italian restaurant in high school and college, and provolone was the preferred cheese for the dish. It’s what I use here too, but know that it more adds creaminess and gooeyness, and not really flavor. I’m fine with that because the prosciutto and sage are the dominant flavors of the dish. However, I’ve also experimented with Fontina and Gruyere and had great results. You can also get away with no cheese at all.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

The Chicken Saltimbocca ingredients are actually quite minimal. You’ll need prosciutto, fresh sage, provolone, salt, and pepper for the chicken, and you’ll need butter, chicken broth, white wine, and a wine vinegar for the sauce.

Chicken Saltimbocca Ingredients On the Counter In packaging

Step by Step Overview:

Chicken breast is the cut you’ll need here, though in cutlet form. This just means the breast has been cut into thin pieces that cook quickly.

Purchase chicken breast cutlets from the store to make this especially quick and easy. But also know you can cut them yourself.

Because breast cutlets are a little more expensive, I’ll usually cut my own for this recipe and for recipes like Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Chicken Milanese.

Carefully slice through the middle of the breast, applying pressure on the meat with a flat palm on top.

Slicing Breast Through the Center To Make a Cutlet

Next season the cutlets evenly with salt and pepper on both sides.

Grinding black pepper onto cutlet pieces

Lay fresh sage leaves on top of each cutlet. You can do as much or as little as you want. I like to cover most of one side, with about 4 leaves per piece.

Adding Sage Leaves On Top of Cutlet Pieces

Next wrap each piece with prosciutto, completely around the front and back.

Chicken Wrapped In Sliced Prosciutto di Parma

Melt butter in an ovenproof skillet, then add the prosciutto wrapped cutlets in a single layer.

Pan Searing Prosciutto Cutlets In Butter

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until the meat is almost cooked through.

Searing the Prosciutto Wrapped Cutlets In Butter

Repeat in batches as necessary, keeping the meat warm and covered on a plate, to collect any juices that come out.

Chicken Breast Wrapped In Prosciutto and Sage

Once all the meat is cooked, add white wine to the pan.

Pouring White Wine Into Skillet for Reducing

Simmer to reduce the wine down, making sure to whisk and incorporate the leftover brown bits in the pan into the sauce.

Chicken Saltimbocca Sauce with Wine and Chicken Stock

Next add chicken broth or stock.

Pouring Chicken Stock Into Skillet For Reducing Sauce

Again, simmer to reduce the broth for about 5 minutes, until it thickens slightly.

Reduced Chicken Saltimbocca Sauce

Then at the very end, add 1/2 tsp of vinegar to balance the sauce with a little acidity.

Adding Red Wine Vinegar to Chicken Saltimbocca Sauce

Add the meat back to the pan, in addition to all of the juices on the plate.

Adding Chicken Back to the Skillet with Juices

Cover each piece of chicken with a slice of provolone cheese.

Adding Provolone Cheese Slices In Skillet Before Broiling

Pop the pan under the broiler for about a minute, until the provolone melts and just begins to brown.

If you desire, during this time, you can do a quick fry of any leftover sage leaves in some olive oil. It’s not needed for flavor, as there’s already plenty in the dish, but it can be fun for presentation.

Chicken Saltimbocca with Provolone On Top

Serving this Recipe

Serve the Chicken Saltimbocca in the pan whole, or you can slice all of the pieces up for serving, and plate it on a dish.

I recommend adding a side of Rice Pilaf, Herb Mushroom Barley, or Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

Saltimbocca Chicken Sliced On Wooden Board

What to Do with Leftovers

My family loves this recipe so much, we will eat this cold out of the fridge! Or quickly reheat in the microwave until warm.

You can also chop it up and add to a Cobb Salad or Kale Caesar Salad.

Recipe FAQ

How do you store leftover Chicken Saltimbocca?

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How do you reheat Chicken Saltimbocca?

Microwave on half power for a minute or two until warmed through (timing will depend on how much you’re reheating and the wattage of your microwave). Or you can warm in a 300F oven for about 10 minutes.

Can you freeze leftover Chicken Saltimbocca?

Yes, store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Can you make Chicken Saltimbocca ahead of time?

You can complete all the prep work by wrapping the breast cutlets in the sage and prosciutto, but I recommend cooking the meat fresh. Fortunately, it only takes about 15 minutes.

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Sliced Chicken Saltimbocca On Wooden Board

Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken breast cutlets are wrapped in sage and prosciutto, cooked with a wine butter sauce, and finished with provolone cheese.
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets* (I had 6 pieces)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (I add this by eye, but about 3/4 tsp)
  • 1 bunch fresh sage leaves (about 4 leaves per breast, or 24 total)
  • 4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup white wine**
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1/2 tsp white or red wine vinegar
  • 6 slices provolone cheese***

Instructions 

  • Ideally, remove the meat from the fridge an hour before cooking, to warm up slightly at room temperature. If this is not possible, it's no problem.
  • Season the cutlets evenly on both sides with the salt and pepper.
  • Lay four sage leaves across the top of each cutlet (or as much as you'd like), then wrap tightly in prosciutto.
  • Preheat the oven broiler on high.
  • In an ovenproof skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the prosciutto wrapped cutlets in a single layer, then pan fry about 3 minutes on each side, until the meat is mostly cooked through, to at least 155F inside. Depending on the size of the skillet you're using, you may need to cook in batches. If so, keep the cooked meat covered in foil while cooking.
  • Remove all the meat to a plate, then add the wine to the pan. Increase the heat to high to reduce the wine to about half, which should only take a minute or two.
  • Add the chicken broth to the pan, and reduce until the sauce thickens, which should take about 5 minutes. See blog photo if needed.
  • Add the meat back to the pan, along with any juices from the plate. Lay a slice of provolone cheese on top of each piece of chicken, then pop the pan under the broiler for a minute or two, until the provolone is melted and just starting to brown.
  • Serve immediately while hot. Enjoy!

Notes

*You want to use breast cutlets here so the meat can cook through quickly. For ease, you can purchase these at the store, or you can buy chicken breasts and cut them in half through the middle yourself. However, depending on how big the breast pieces are, you may still need to pound them further so they are no more than 1/2 thick. 
**Any relatively dry white wine will do. There’s not a lot used here, so it’s usually okay to use whatever you have on hand.
***The provolone doesn’t add a ton of flavor here, it more adds richness and gooey melty cheese. It’s okay to skip it if you want to. You can also try other kinds of cheese like Fontina or Gruyere.
Leftovers: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Reheating: Microwave at half power for a minute or two until warmed through. Timing will vary depending on how much you’re reheating and the wattage of the microwave. You can also reheat in a 300F oven for about 10 minutes, until warmed through.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 196mg, Sodium: 1410mg, Potassium: 973mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 435IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.