Fireworks went off in my mouth upon taking my first bite of this dish. Hello love at first taste. The flavors are a bit complex, although the preparation is not, this is definitely my-kinda meal. I decided to opt for fresh spinach in lieu of the frozen type recommended in Giada's recipe, and I also used bigger chicken breasts because well, that's all I could find. Because my chicken was so thick, I had to use kitchen twine instead of toothpicks to hold the roll taught.
When you visit the deli in your local supermarket, ask for a 1/4 pound of prosciutto sliced paper thin. A 1/4 pound should be more than enough for this recipe. If you have prosciutto left over, wrap them around chunks of melon for a delicious afternoon snack.
Chicken Saltimbocca [Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis]INGREDIENTS
- 6 (3-ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded to evenly flatten
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 paper-thin slices prosciutto
- 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed <<-- I used fresh spinach [about 4 bunches]
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 (14-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Squeeze the frozen spinach to remove the excess water. Season the spinach with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, toss the spinach with 1 tablespoon of oil to coat.
Arrange an even, thin layer of spinach atop the prosciutto slices. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over each. Beginning at the short tapered end, roll up each chicken cutlet as for a jellyroll. Secure with a toothpick.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook just until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice, and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Simmer the cooking liquid over high heat until it is reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 5 minutes. Season the cooking liquid with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove toothpicks from the chicken. Drizzle the reduced cooking liquid over the chicken and serve immediately.