Chicken Saltimbocca with Asparagus
Star chef Mario Batali makes his version of the classic Italian saltimbocca with tender chicken and the sweet Italian dessert wine called vin santo
SUGGESTED PAIRING-An aromatic Pinot Grigio.
- 1 pound thick asparagus
- Eight 3-ounce chicken cutlets, pounded 1/8-inch thick
- Ground pepper
- 16 sage leaves
- 8 slices of prosciutto
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup vin santo
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Cooking time 45mins
Adapted from food&wine.com
Cook the asparagus in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Drain and cool under cold running water; drain and pat dry.
Season the cutlets with salt and pepper and place 2 sage leaves on each cutlet. Wrap each cutlet in a slice of prosciutto, pressing to adhere. Spread the flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the chicken in flour, dusting off the excess; transfer to a baking sheet.
Set a rack over a baking sheet. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add half of the chicken and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden and just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the rack. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and chicken.
Add the vin santo and stock to the skillet and boil over moderately high heat until the liquid is reduced by half, 4 minutes. Whisk in the butter. Pour half of the sauce into a bowl. Add half of the chicken and asparagus to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until hot, 2 minutes. Season with salt; stir in half of the parsley. Transfer the chicken and asparagus to plates and pour the sauce on top. Repeat with the remaining sauce, chicken, asparagus and parsley.
HOW TO NOT OVER COOK CHICKEN "Cook it until almost white throughout, then finish it in the sauce for just a few minutes".
ASPARAGUS TIP-"Asparagus is always better underdone than overdone, so if in doubt, take it out."
BEST SUBSTITUTES-"Swap the prosciutto for mortadella, coppa, or paper-thin pancetta or bacon. I love the crunch of asparagus, but green beans, fennel or even young scallions in season could work too."