Saltimbocca alla Romana

Italian Saltimbocca

Preparing this dish is simple. Its flavor is irresistible - it jumps right into your mouth ("salt-im-bocca"). An Italian everyday dinner consists of at least two courses: pasta, soup, or risotto followed by meat or fish with vegetables or salad. Saltimbocca is a popular second course. 
We recommend pasta seasoned with a simple sauce as the first course.
Make the recipe again: Try authentic Saltimbocca alla Romana with fresh sage leaves and thin slices of veal. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3


  • 1.5 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into 6-8 thin large slices
  • 8 slices prosciutto (raw ham), very thin
  • 3/4 lb spaghetti or other pasta
  • 1 cup black olives sliced
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Saltimbocca Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Sage
  • [2] Sun-dried tomatoes

Suggested Sides

  • fresh Italian bread sliced
  • asparagus, cauliflower, or broccoli cooked
  • spinach or mushrooms sautéed with garlic


1st course

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Cook garlic for 1 minute.
  • Add anchovies. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Add olives. Cook until olives turn slightly brown.
  • Add cooked spaghetti and 1 cup of the cooking water to the PAN. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle Saltimbocca [2] spices on plated dish.

2nd course - Prepare

  • Cover the chicken slices with PLASTIC WRAP and pound them to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Season them with the Saltimbocca [1] spices in an even layer. Don’t add salt!
  • Place prosciutto slices on top.

2nd course - Cook

  • In a PAN, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Place the chicken bundles in the PAN in one layer, prosciutto side up.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Fry chicken for a couple of minutes until the bottom starts to brown.
  • Add wine. Reduce heat to low. Cover.
  • Let cook for a few minutes until the chicken is done.

2nd course - Serve

  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!


▪ Substitute chicken with veal or pork cutlets.
▪ Substitute chicken with eggplant or zucchini.
▪ Substitute prosciutto with Spanish jamón serrano, bacon, or cheese.
▪ Substitute wine with broth.