Chicken saltimbocca with basil mash

Chicken saltimbocca with basil mash

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
A delicious combination of ham, basil and chicken which is easy to make and low fat

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal481
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein47g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 2 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 2 slices prosciutto



    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tbsp marsala
  • 100ml chicken stock

For the basil mash

  • 500g potato, cut into large chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2-3 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1-2 tbsp chopped basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Make the mash: boil the potatoes in salted water for 15-20 mins until tender. Drain and mash well. Stir in the milk, then the Parmesan and basil. Season with black pepper and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, sit the chicken breasts on a board and cut through them horizontally leaving one side attached. Open them up like a book and lay a basil leaf on top of each, topped with a slice of prosciutto. Secure with a cocktail stick.

  3. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and add the chicken breasts, hamside down. Cook for 2-3 mins until golden, then turn over and cook for 2 mins more. Pour over the Marsala and allow to bubble for 1 min. Add the stock and simmer for 5 mins until the chicken is cooked. Lift the chicken out, cover to keep warm, then boil the pan juices to reduce a little. Serve with the basil mash and a green salad on the side, if you like.

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Comments (12)

susieone's picture

Very quick and very easy. I used tawny port as I had no Marsala - it was good. I will make this again as everyone loved it.

susieone's picture

Very quick; very easy. I used tawny port instead of marsala (I didn't have any!) and it worked well. It looked quite elegant on the plate and I shall definitely make this again.

annbirchall's picture

Easy to do and incredibly tasty, would happily eat this in a restaurant.

flowerladyofrye's picture

Just made this for tea tonight,Me and my Husband thought this dish was rather delicious and a perfect winter warming dinner & nice and rustic !! so easy and simple to cook. will definately cook it again.

flowerladyofrye's picture

Just made this for tea tonight,Me and my Husband thought this dish was rather delicious and a perfect winter warming dinner & nice and rustic !! so easy and simple to cook. will definately cook it again.

bumblepest's picture

Very easy and tasty. Made this twice now & had appreciative response each time.

ade_in_the_kitchen's picture

Very quick to prep and make, very tasty and well received by my harshest critic, my wife!

hannag's picture

Just made this for dinner - very quick and easy - and really, really tasty - will definitely be making this again :0)

jennypiccolo's picture

Quick, easy and tasty, good for a midweek family meal.

filomena_bianco's picture

A family favourite. Quick, easy and really tasty!

vlaoverton's picture

Yummy! I used a few basil leaves on each chicken breast just for a bit more flavour which was nice. Really easy and quick to cook.

eleanormayo's picture

Really quick and easy saltimbocca recipe, although I couldn't quite figure out how to slit my chicken, so just bashed it flat with a rolling pin instead! And I added an extra splash of marsala at the end for a bit of added richness.

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