Chicken Saltimbocca with Artichoke Sauce

chicken_saltimbocca_artichoke_sauceNote: Halve the recipe if you want to make just enough for 2 people or make the whole recipe and freeze the extra chicken and sauce for a meal later in the month

Makes 4 Servings
Hands-On Time: 35 Minutes
Total Preparation Time: 45 Minutes

Suggested Accompaniments
spinach sautéed with garlic chips and couscous

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds) See Note
12 large fresh sage or basil leaves
2 to 3 oz thinly sliced prosciutto di Parma
1/3 c unbleached all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1/3 c dry Marsala or sherry
One 14-oz can artichoke hearts
1 c Homemade Chicken Stock
T unsalted butter

Sprinkle a small amount of water into a large resealable plastic bag. Place a chicken breast half in the bag and close, leaving 1/2 inch open. Pound the bag with a rolling pin or meat pounder until the breast is about ¼ inch thick; remove and set aside. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.

Put 3 sage leaves on the less smooth side of each pounded chicken breast. Cover them with the prosciutto and press until they adhere. Cover the breasts and chill them for 10 minutes. Cut each breast crosswise in half.

Spread out the four in a pie plate lined with wax paper or parchment. Season half the chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste. Working with one piece at a time, coat the chicken with the flour, lifting the wax paper on both sides to move the piece around; shake off the excess flour.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot; reduce the heat to medium. Sauté the chicken for 2 minutes per side, or until the pieces are golden and just cooked through; remove them to a plate and cover them loosely with aluminum foil. Repeat with the remaining oil and chicken.

Add the Marsala to the skillet; bring it to a boil, scraping up the brown bits at the bottom of the pan, and simmer for about 1 minute, or until the pan is almost dry.

Drain and coarsely chop the artichoke hearts (about 1 1/3 cups). Add them to the skillet along with the chicken stock and simmer until reduced by half. Return the chicken to the skillet and simmer just until reheated. Add the butter to the pan and swirl until it has melted. Divide the chicken among 4 dinner plates; spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve.

Note: Or use 1 1/4 pounds thin chicken cutlets (about 7), which will not need to be pounded or cut in half. Just make sure to distribute the sage leaves and prosciutto evenly among all the cutlets.

Cook’s Notes
Here is a quick way to dress up quick cooking couscous: follow the instructions on the back of the package for the correct amount of couscous to serve two, using chicken broth as the liquid. Then when the couscous is done, stir in some enough additional chicken broth and freshly grated Parmigiano reggiano to make it creamy.


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