Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca

 

Prosciutto, slices of Gruyère, and fresh sage leaves are enveloped in chicken breasts, then cooked in Marsala wine. A really quick dish to prepare that is irresistible.

 

Chicken Saltimbocca
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 85g (3 oz) Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
  • 12 fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) Marsala (½ cup)

  • To serve
  • Mashed potato or polenta go well with this dish to help soak up the delicious sauce.


  1. Method
  2. Using a rolling pin, first flatten each piece of chicken between two sheets of cling film/wrap. Then pat dry and season.

  3. Now lay a slice of prosciutto on each chicken breast, cover with the Gruyère and scatter over the sage leaves. Fold in half lengthways and coat in the flour.

  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet and cook the chicken over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

  5. Now add the Marsala, cover the pan and gently simmer for about 5 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm in the oven.

  7. Increase the heat and reduce the liquid by half.

  8. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.

 

Summer Fruit Glory

Summer Fruit Glory

 

Summer Fruit Glory is a quick summer dessert to prepare that looks very impressive. Layers of mascarpone and strawberry yogurt, summer fruits and amaretti biscuits soaked in Marsala. Delicious!

 

Summer Fruit Glory
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 250g or 275g tub mascarpone
  • ½ x 500g pot strawberry yogurt
  • 12 strawberries, hulled
  • 140g (5 oz) raspberries (1¼ cups)
  • 140g (5 oz) blueberries (¾ cup heaped)
  • 1 tbsp icing/powdered sugar for dusting
  • 225g (8 oz) amaretti biscuits (about 24)
  • 4 tbsp Marsala, medium sherry or brandy

  • You will also need 4 x pretty glasses, sundae glasses or short tumblers.


  1. Method
  2. Whisk the mascarpone and yogurt together until smooth.

  3. Reserve 4 strawberries, 8 raspberries and 8 blueberries for decoration, then lightly mix the other fruits together in a small bowl and dust with 2 teaspoons icing/powdered sugar to sweeten.

  4. Crush the biscuits.

  5. Now begin layering the glasses. First, divide half the biscuits between the glasses, spreading them evenly over the base. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the Marsala (or whatever you are using) over the biscuit crumbs.

  6. Spoon a quarter of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuit crumbs and smooth the surface.

  7. Next, divide half the fruit between each of the glasses and then layer with another quarter of the mascarpone mixture and smooth the surface.

  8. Now, sprinkle the remaining biscuit pieces over the mascarpone mixture and add 2 more tablespoons of the Marsala (or whatever you are using). Add another quarter of the mascarpone mixture and smooth the tops.

  9. Finally spoon over the remaining fruit and finally the last quarter of the mascarpone mixture.

  10. You should now have 4 layers of the mascarpone mixture, 2 layers of the amaretti biscuits and 2 layers of fruit.

  11. Halve the reserved strawberries and decorate each glass with the reserved fruit.

  12. Sieve over a dusting of icing/powdered sugar just before serving.

Updated: August 5, 2018

Thyme Chicken Marsala

Thyme Chicken Marsala

 

Marsala, an Italian wine, traditionally flavours this classic dish. The chicken breasts are sautéed and served on a bed of sautéed red pepper and carrot sticks. A thyme–marsala sauce is then poured over and the dish is served with linguine.

 

Thyme Chicken Marsala
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 small red peppers, cut into julienne strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) dry Marsala wine (⅔ cup)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  • To serve
  • linguine (I can recommend the De Cecco brand)

  • You will also need a large sauté pan.


  1. Method
  2. First put four plates in a warm oven.

  3. Now place a chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film/plastic wrap and, working from the centre to the edges, pound lightly with a rolling pin to flatten. Repeat with the three remaining pieces of chicken.

  4. Spread the flour over a plate. Then coat each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess and transfer to a clean plate. Set aside.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat. Add the carrot strips and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Then add the red pepper, garlic, and seasoning and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender.

  7. Divide the vegetables amongst the four plates and return them to the oven to keep warm while cooking the chicken.

  8. Depending on the size of your pan this may be needed to be done in two batches. So, pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan, add the chicken and, over a medium heat, sauté for 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and keep warm in the oven.

  9. Reduce the heat under the pan to very low. Add the wine and thyme and scrape up any crusty bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir for 1 minute. You just want the wine to warm through but not evaporate.

  10. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and serve with linguine.

Updated: August 5, 2019