Prosciutto skewered chicken with fried sage leaves

Prosciutto skewered chicken with fried sage leaves

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins

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Serves 2
This succulent chicken dish makes a great Saturday night treat for two

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal667
  • fat48g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.96g


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts fillets
  • 4 slices of prosciutto or smoked streaky bacon



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

  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 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…

  • handful of sage leaves



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 4 tbsp double cream or crème fraîche
  • cooked pasta, to serve



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…


  1. Put the chicken breasts between two sheets of greaseproof paper and beat with a rolling pin until roughly twice their original size. Lay two rippled slices of prosciutto on top of each breast and secure with cocktail sticks. Dust each breast lightly with flour, then season with salt and pepper. (Can be made several hours ahead up to this point, and chilled.)

  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, drop in the sage leaves (they should sizzle) and fry for 30 seconds until just crisp. They can burn quickly so watch them. Lift out the leaves with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Add the butter to the pan, let it melt, then fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked and well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Pour in the wine, stirring well to scrape all the lovely sticky bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the mixture bubble until the wine is reduced by about half. Stir in the cream or crème fraîche, put the chicken back in the pan and heat through. Scatter the fried sage leaves on top and serve with pasta tossed with a little olive oil and some freshly chopped sage leaves.

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28th Jun, 2017
This recipe is delicious, in an unassuming kind of way. I use Lidl Black Forest ham, which is like prosciutto, but tastier. Also, do it with potatoes and salad or vegetables, not pasta. Definitely the more sauce there is, the better. Chicken definitely doesn't need to cook for longer if it is pounded out enough, and is tender and easy to eat.
6th Jun, 2017
Have made this dish a few times now and I have to say it is absolutely beautiful! Have used either streaky bacon or prosciutto, but the the latter is better. Other half loves it and now our treat when we have an evening off together.
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22nd Feb, 2017
Delicious!!! Best dinner I have had in ages. So yummy!! Would have liked a little more sauce, next time I will double the recipe. Served with fresh spaghetti, which I had added some fried garlic and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Looking forward to making again. Big hit in my household. Thank you
28th Aug, 2013
Not sure what the point of the fried leaves is, but it was absolutely gorgeous. The chicken needs longer to cook, but it's still very quick and very easy.
13th Aug, 2013
Delicious! Really tasty but simple to make. Will be making this again!
30th Mar, 2013
Very tasty, must have reduced wine too much as sauce was a bit thick and not much of it, also chicken needed cooked longer than stated.
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30th Aug, 2012
One of the most tasty dishes I have ever cooked - chicken breasts quite thick so cooked for longer and added creme fraiche a it later.
19th Jul, 2012
Ehehe this is a famous Italian recipe, "saltimbocca alla romana" (literally "roman way jump-in-the-mouth" o.o)...very nice though! My mom cooks them often! :)
30th Apr, 2012
Made this for Valentine and made quite an impression. Very easy to make, and is really tasty.
11th Feb, 2012
Very tasty & so easy. will def make again. Made for my fiancee for our anniversary dinner ad went down very well :)


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