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Chicken Saltimbleu

I made this awhile back and never posted the recipe. My husband came up with the name, which I think is so clever because the dish combines the concepts of Veal Saltimbocca and Chicken Cordon Bleu. (You go, baby!)
I made a honey mustard pan sauce to pour over top and the flavor combination was incredible. (Think ham and cheese sandwich with honey mustard…)

Here’s what I did…
-Pound out however many chicken cutlets you want with a heavy-bottomed skillet. (Cover the chicken with plastic wrap so your skillet doesn’t get gooky. Technical term.)
-Season with s&p and sage. You can use either fresh or dried…if you use dried, use enough to lightly dust the chicken. If it’s fresh, lay 3-4 leaves down.
-Cover the meat with very thinly sliced deli ham and Swiss cheese. (or fontina)
-Roll the chicken tightly and secure with toothpicks. Try to keep all the ingredients inside the roll.
-Season the outside with s&p and dredge in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs.
-Sear in an oven-proof skillet using a butter and olive oil combo.
-Transfer to a 375* oven when all sides are golden brown.
-Cook until done. The cooking time depends on how big your breasts are (no offense), how your oven works, etc. I’d say check them after 12-15 mins.
-Take the meat out and keep warm while you make the sauce…
-Put skillet back on stove top, (with a pot holder, please…remember, it’s hot), add more butter or oil if it’s dry. Add about 1 TB or more of flour, whisk until combined, and allow to cook for a few seconds. Add a spoonful of Dijon mustard, about the same amount of honey and enough chicken stock to make a sauce. Stir until combined and taste. Does it taste good? What does it need? It should taste like a warm, rich honey mustard sauce.
I served mine with roasted broccoli and tri-colored carrots.
(*please don’t forget to take the toothpicks out)

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3 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous August 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wher do you find tri-colored carrots? My stores have ORANGE!!

  • Reply Everyday Champagne August 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Those carrots were a unique specialty store find. Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. usually have things like that. I don't have the budget to shop in places like that on a regular basis but on special occasions we do.

  • Reply cary August 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    mmmm. sounds amazing. and very beautiful too.

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