Chicken Cutlets "Saltimbocca" with Prosciutto and Sage
Total: 1 hr 15 min
Active: 1 hr 10 min
1 of 4 servings
This is really an excuse for me to combine two of my favorite dishes: chicken cutlets and saltimbocca. The piney sage leaves and salty prosciutto give the cutlets a real boost of energy and flavor. I like to use finely ground breadcrumbs, and when I have time on my hands, I might even bread them twice (just bread them again in the same manner after the first time). I love biting through that layer of breading and then getting the lemon and red wine vinegar on the one hand and the prosciutto and sage on the other.
Prepare the cutlets: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken cutlets with salt. Put the eggs and breadcrumbs into two separate wide shallow bowls. Dip each chicken cutlet in the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Shake any excess off each one. Transfer to the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
Cook the sage and prosciutto: In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil. Tear 2 of the prosciutto slices into smaller pieces and add to the oil in the skillet. Cook over low heat until crispy, 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining prosciutto. Remove the prosciutto from the skillet and add the sage leaves. Cook until they turn pale in color and become crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Season with salt. If the skillet looks dry, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Remove the skillet from the heat, stir the garlic into the oil and season with salt. Allow the garlic to simmer in the warm oil for about a minute to cook off the raw flavor. Transfer the garlic and oil to a medium bowl.
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or fit with a wire rack.
Cook the chicken: Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until it smokes lightly. Working in batches, add the chicken cutlets to the pan in a single layer and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the cooked cutlets to the baking sheet. Season with salt. Place the baking sheet in the oven to keep the chicken warm. Repeat with the remaining cutlets.
Make the vinaigrette and finish the dish: Whisk the vinegar, lemon juice and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil into the bowl with the reserved garlic and oil. Taste for seasoning. Arrange the cutlets on a serving platter and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Top with the sage leaves and prosciutto.
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