May 1, 2010

Lighter Chicken Saltimbocca




Chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and sage in a light wine sauce.

I get this dish all the time from my favorite Italian restaurant, but theirs is loaded with butter (butter makes everything taste soo good!). The challenge of making this without all the fat yet keeping the chicken moist took me a few attempts. Last attempt was perfection! Rich and decadent, you would never think "light" when eating this. This dish is restaurant quality, and only 3 points per piece! For the olive oil spray I always use my Misto, which lets me use the oil of my choice, but you can purchase ready made. The prosciutto is salty so this really doesn't require salt. Serve it over your favorite wilted greens.




Lighter Chicken Saltimbocca 
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 piece Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 155.2 • Fat: 4.3 g Protein: 21.7 g Carb: 4.5 g Fiber: 0.2 g 


  • 3 (8 oz) chicken cutlet halves (24 oz total) , fat removed
  • 3 (1.5 oz) slices paper thin prosciutto, cut in half
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine
Cut each breast into two cutlets to make a total of 6. Pound each one to about 1/4".

Season chicken with pepper. Lay a sage leaf on top, then a 1/2 slice of prosciutto, fold over and lightly pound ends of chicken to seal.

Place flour in a shallow bowl and lightly dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess.


Heat a nonstick frying pan. When hot, spray olive oil. Sauté chicken 1 minute on each side. You may have to do this in a few batches.

Remove chicken from pan and deglaze the pan with wine, scraping up any brown bits. Add chicken broth, butter and return chicken to the sauce. Finish cooking on low, 5 minutes. Serve this over a bed of wilted greens and top with sauce.

55 comments :

  1. I cannot wait to try this recipe! Looks yummy!

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  2. one of my all -time favorite dishes!

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  3. I took a cooking class in Florence last year and we made veal saltimbocca and actually they don't use that much butter. We Americans don't seem to trust food that isn't doused in fat! I love saltimbocca and can't wait to try your version. Looks fantastic!

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  4. Healthy Cooking Mag has this one and they serve it with white beans infused with sage. it's delicious.

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  5. Ooh I like the sound of that!!

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  6. This looks so good!

    PS Gina you may want to edit the chicken quantity...24oz is probably a bit more than 3 points ;)

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  7. @Sarah - 24 oz total, raw weight. I guess that sounds confusing? Each piece was 8 oz raw before cooking, 24 total. 4 oz each when cut in half, 3 oz after cooking. Hope that clears it up! Remember, always weight your meat before and after cooking. I wrote an article on that here... Weigh Your Food Cooked Or Raw? http://ginaswwquestions.blogspot.com/2010/04/weighing-your-food-raw-vs-cooked.html

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  8. Looks and sounds positively scrumptious! Will definitely put this on list of things to make this week.

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  9. I'm back on weight watchers and I only get 18 points so this looks like a perfect dinner dish for me. YUM! Printing this right now...

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  10. Wow! This is where it is at Gina! Food that looks and tastes decadent, but isn't. Let's face it, chicken can get pretty boring so this is a welcome change. I seriously can't wait to give this one a go.

    Thanks!
    http://wwfoodie.wordpress.com/

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  11. Looks awesome!! This is perfect when you want to feel decadent! Thanks

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  12. This is great! But count it as 4 points. 3 for the chicken, .5 for prociutto, another .5 for flower/butter/wine.

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  13. Very interesting. When I plug my nutritional information such as calories, fat and finer into calculator it comes to 3 points. Perhaps because WW rounds everything off to a whole point, it counts as 4 points when you do it your way? I'm stumped but I will figure this out.

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  14. wow! what a perfect combo of ingredients and flavors!

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  15. Gina, I just wanted you to know that you have saved my WW life! :-) I was at a point where I felt discouraged because I wasn't finding very good WW recipes. I'll be honest some of the WW sponsored ones are just hit and miss, and after doing weight watchers for a year and a half I was loosing steam (along with 60 plus lbs though). I found your site and have been planning my weekly menus off of it and everything I have tried has been awesome, and my husabnd loves it too, he is very picky about the whole low-fat deal. I now have him convinced to take my mothers day menu from your site. So thank you. This chicken was awesome as well. Thanks for all your hard work. Ever think of putting out a cook book?

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  16. @The Gearharts - I'm so happy you all like everything you've tried and I'm glad this is helping you stay on track!! Have a Happy Mother's Day!

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  17. I don't know that I've ever eaten sage before. Can I find fresh sage in my grocery store, and how well does it keep? This looks delicious!

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  18. You can buy it in the supermarket in the herb section. If you can't find it, you can make it without.

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  19. This was awesome.

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  20. Really really good. My husband love it! He thought it tasted very buttery and rich.

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  21. Thank you for commenting!! I'm happy he thought it tasted buttery and rich, exactly the flavour I was going for!

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  22. New to WW and was dreading the bland food in my future. Stumbled across your site while looking for an easy chicken dish for the family. Found this and it pleased everyone, kids and adults alike. Looks like your site will be my sidekick for the next 3 month journey and well into the future. THANK YOU!!

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  23. Thanks Patrick! Welcome and happy to have you look around!

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  24. Brava, Gina!

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  25. I made this recipe tonight and it was so delicious! My hubby had seconds so there are no leftovers. I also made your strawberries romanoff which was to die for. I am so glad I discovered your website. I'll be cooking with you regularly!! :)

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  26. Hi! I'd like to see points plus value on this one.

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  27. This was absolutely delicious!! We all enjoyed it!

    Could you please update to Points+ :)

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  28. My husband and I are big fans of veal and chicken saltimbocca... So much so that we had it for dinner at our wedding. So when I came across this recipe, I decided to try it. It turned out so delicious, it does NOT taste healthy or lightened up at all. We will be making this again on a regular basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  29. Stacy, thanks for your comment!

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  30. Made this for my boyfriend the other night, but by his request added some a thin slice of fresh mozzarella in each cutlet. Fantastically delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely be making this again.

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  31. Gina, what would the points plus value be for this?

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  32. Thanks so much, can't wait to try it tonight!!! Love all your recipes. Thanks for always helping my family out of our dinner ruts!

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  33. It was fantastic! Both my husband and 3 little kids LOVED it as well. Great recipe to make you feel like you are eating something high fat!

    Stephanie

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  34. Can the wine be subsituted for something else? We don't drink wine.

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  35. Glad the Perera family enjoyed it!

    You can use chicken broth in place of wine.

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  36. what can be subsituted for white wine? i don't have any wine @ home

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  37. Chicken broth works fine in place of wine.

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  38. Soooo good! OMG, I love your site . . . it has given me inspiration with WW! AFter years of trying WW recipes and being disappointed I was so excited to make this and find out it tasted even better than I thought. You are a lifesaver and a godsend :) Can't wait to try more.

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  39. Thanks I'm so happy you liked it!

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  40. This was crazy-good! I sauteed some kale in the sauce...it was awesome! The only thing is that I kept coming up with 6 points plus when I entered it into the recipe builder. I'm really not stressed about it...something this good is totally worth 6 points! And it's a very filling meal with the kale. Thank you so much!!

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  41. Could you bake this in the oven instead of on the stove? 400 @ 30 minutes?

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  42. This was so, so good. The prosciutto and sage blended so well together, and added a great, earthy taste to the chicken. The sauce was flavorful and delicious. My husband loved it, too. This will be going on my regular rotation of meals. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful recipes on your blog! I am a huge fan!

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  43. First of all, I was a little skeptical because the full fat version is seriously one of my favorite dishes. But let me say this was very very good!

    I added some caramelized onions on top of the chicken and sauce at the end..sweet and salty goodness.

    Thanks Gina!! - Kayla

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  44. I made this tonight and it was AMAZING! So flavorful! My hubby AND the kids gave it two thumbs up! Thank you for such a great tasting recipe that I can feel good about serving to my family knowing it is healthy. Keep on cooking!

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  45. I like that you show pics on this one of the steps for preparation. Sometimes as I follow recipes, I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.

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  46. What would be your reccomendation for making this Gluten Free? Not sure what would be the best GF flour to substitute.

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    1. Have you heard of BetterBatter.org? My sis in law uses that stuff in place of regular flour on just about everything.

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  47. HELP PLZ..I'm about to print this recipe off but I dont no what prosciutto is, can someone please help..Thanks Brenda

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    1. prosciutto is a cured ham usually slice very thin and used sparingly...You can get it domestic or imported at most deli sections of the supermarket.

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  48. Making this tonight! My first Skinnytaste dish - very excited!

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  49. I do this a bit differently -- I wrap the chicken breasts in sage leaves and thin strips of prosciutto, then saute them in a teeny bit of olive oil (no flour or breading). Then I make my sauce with chicken broth, lemon juice, and a touch of arrowroot powder for thickening. It's DELICIOUS!

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  50. I can't wait to make this tonight. Just discovered your website and absolutely love it. Thank you for the great recipes.

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