Sage and garlic chicken tenders wrapped in prosciutto with lemon pepper dressing


This is a lighter version of the Italian saltimbocca stuffed with fontina cheese, sage and cooked in wine, saltimbocca literally means “jump in your mouth”. Since there is no cheese in those, they are grilled instead of pan cooked and the prosciutto is outside instead of inside the chicken. Those are delicious as a light dinner with a salad, or can also be also served with any vegetable side dish. I served those with leeks and wild mushroom gratin, and it was a good combination. The sweetness of the gratin was very well-balanced with the citrus olive oil dressing I put on top of the chicken.


For 2 to 3 people (it makes 6 chicken strips)

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 6 slices of prosciutto di parma
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper

Lemon dressing

  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Cut the chicken breast in 6 identical strips. Add a little salt and pepper but not too much since the prosciutto gets saltier when cooked. Place one sage leave with two slices of garlic on top of each strip.

Wrap the prosciutto around the strips. Use an inside grill and grill evenly on both sides, until the prosciutto turns into a deep rosy color. If you don’t have an inside grill, you may use a broiler.

For the dressing, add all the ingredients together in a bowl, mix well. When the chicken is well grilled, add one or more tbs of dressing on top of each strip. Serve hot.