I’m the type of person that can eat pasta all year round. Maybe it’s my Italian roots, but pasta is never off the table as a dinner option. While pasta with meat sauce (my lazy version of bolognese) is the most common pasta I make because it’s super easy and doesn’t require a lot of hands-on time (essential for weeknight cooking), I do love to experiment with other recipes.
This recipe is a long-time family favorite of ours. It is a bit lighter than the tomato-based sauces I favor, making it perfect for any time of the year. In fact, I make it most frequently during the summer when my garden is producing more sage than I know what to do with. This recipe cooks up fairly quick, is forgiving in the quantities of ingredients used, and is bright with flavor. It also scales really well, when we are entertaining and need to feed a crowd. Besides, a little leftovers never hurt – they never last long in my house.
Chicken Scaloppini Saltimbocca
served with French Bread and Sage Butter
Adapted from Veal Scaloppini Saltimbocca Bon Appetit, Sept 2002
Ingredients for Chicken Scaloppini Saltimbocca
- 1 box spaghetti
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 c. white cornmeal
- 1 Tbs. herbes de Provence
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 to 1 1/2 lb. chicken cutlets, cut into chunks (or, pounded thinly and then sliced)
- 1/2 c. (about 4 oz.) thinly chopped prosciutto
- 1/3 c. chopped fresh or frozen sage (see recipe note below for information on preserving and using frozen sage)
- 1/2 c. dry Marsala wine
- 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 c. butter (1/2 a stick)
Mix cornmeal, herbes de Provence, salt and pepper in a large ziplock bag. Seal and shake to mix thoroughly. Add chicken and shake again, ensuring that all pieces are coated.
Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, prosciutto, and sage. Saute.
Meanwhile, start boiling a pot of water for the spaghetti, and cook according to package. If finished before the chicken, toss with olive oil and keep warm.
When chicken is browned and cooked, add Marsala wine, chicken broth, and butter. Reduce.
Toss chicken and sauce with spaghetti.
Serve hot sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired, with a side of French Bread and Sage Butter (recipe below).
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- Feel free to adjust quantities of chicken, sage, and prosciutto to taste. I like more sage and prosciutto than the original recipe calls for, but tend to use whatever is in a package.
- Preserving Sage: This particular recipe does well with fresh or frozen sage. When my herbs are overflowing in the summer (or maybe you just didn’t finish the package you had bought for another recipe), I trim them back and freeze the sage leaves to be used in this recipe (as well as these Blood Orange Sage Vodka Sodas). To freeze, place sage – cleaned with stems removed – in a single layer on a wax or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 24-48 hours. Transfer to an airtight freezer bag until further use. To use, remove sage from freezer. Chop when still frozen. Use in recipe as directed (still frozen or defrosted are both fine.)
- 1-2 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Combine all ingredients so that butter is well mixed.
Sage Butter will keep for a week or two in the fridge.
Here’s a quick appetizer you can have on hand for unexpected guests. I have frozen this both when directed as well as the completely finished pesto (with the Parmesan), and it is good both ways. I serve this in a bowl, and let everyone help themselves, but you can also pre-spread the pesto onto toast or bread.
I’m hoping for leftovers, as I’d love to try this mixed in pasta with a little olive oil and red pepper flakes, or stuffed in a chicken breast. If you beat me to it, be sure to let me know how you liked it!
Artichoke Parmesan Pesto
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
Ingredients (Before Freezing):
- 1-8 oz. pack of frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
- 1 c. fresh parsley
- 1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 c. olive oil
More Ingredients (After Freezing):
- 2/3 grated Parmesan
- bread or cracker of your choice…. for grilling, toasting, or serving plain
In a food processor, chop the artichokes, parsley, walnuts, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, scraping the sides as necessary. With the food processor in, add the olive oil.
If freezing, transfer to an airtight container (or pre-portion into an ice cube tray and wrap tightly with plastic wrap). Freeze for up to 1 month.
Mix in Parmesan cheese (2 tsp. per ice cube if you’re freezing it that way).
Serve as part of a platter of dips, breads, and crackers (including homemade pita toasts), and allowed everyone to help themselves. If you prefer, toast some bread, spread the pesto, and serve.