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Chicken Saltimbocca

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Chicken saltimbocca

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  • one large or two small chicken breast fillets (for two people)
  • salt and pepper
  • a handful of fresh sage leaves
  • 2-3 tbsps grated parmesan
  • 2-4 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
  • a little oil and butter for frying

Preparing chicken fillets for saltimbocca

Remove the skin from the chicken fillets (insert a knife anywhere underneath it and just pull it away).

If you’re using one large chicken fillet, lay it on the board removed skin side down and slice it horizontally as evenly as possible. Keep it cut side up and score it in a diagonal pattern with a sharp knife – it will help the sage and ham stick to it better.

Do the same if you're cooking two fillets – place them skin side down, flatten a little with your hand and score the flesh. Season with salt and pepper, scatter over the sage leaves, sprinkle with most of the parmesan and place the prosciutto slices on top to cover the whole fillet. Cover the whole thing with a sheet of cling film and flatten evenly with a mallet until about half an inch thick. Turn the fillets over, still on the cling film, season this side with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the remaining parmesan. Frying chicken saltimbocca

Heat the oil in a frying pan large enough to contain the fillets, peel them carefully off the cling film and place in the pan, ham side down. Fry for about 3 minutes until the ham crispens and the edges of the chicken start turning opaque. Turn over, add a knob of butter and fry for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.

I like mine with a drizzle of salad cream and green salad or green veg.

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