Greek Island Chicken Saltimbocca

Didi Dalaba

By
@didicoffeegirl

This recipe won me 3rd place at the Hell's Kitchen-Kitchen Floor Cook Off.

It's a very simple but extremely tasty chicken recipe, w/ a myriad of flavors that "just pop" in your mouth.


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Serves:

4-6

Prep:

1 Hr 30 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Ingredients

2 medium
(to large) skinless boneless chicken breasts fillet in half horizontally

SUNDRIED TOMATO, ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE

1/3 c
sundried tomatoes in oil (excess oil mopped off)
1/3 c
roasted red peppers in oil (excess oil mopped off)
1 clove
garlic pressed
1 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp
water (use the reserved sun dried tomato water)
1/4 tsp
salt
1/8 tsp
pepper
1/2 c
mayonnaise
1/3 c
sour cream

CHICKEN FILLING

1/2 c
soprassetta sausage diced (or any hard dried cured sausage)
1/4 c
panko bread crumbs
1 Tbsp
parsley (fresh)
1 Tbsp
marjoram (fresh, or 1/2 tsp dried)
1 clove
garlic pressed
3 Tbsp
water
4 slice
kasseri cheese (or another sharp aged cheese, like a nice parmesan or asiago)
pinch of salt & pepper

ARUGULA GREENS

4 c
(or so) arugula greens
2 Tbsp
balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 Tbsp
olive oil
pinch of salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350F.

Start by taking your chicken breasts and fillet in half. Set aside. Meanwhile prepare your sundried tomato red pepper sauce. In a small saucepan, re-hydrate your tomatoes by boiling them for a few minutes till nice and plump. Take out and throw directly in the food processor, reserve a few tbls of the water. To the processor, add the peppers, garlic, oil, salt & pepper and water. Pulse till all ingredients are smooth. In a bowl add the mayonnaise and sour cream, add the red pepper sauce and mix till thoroughly incorporated. Chill till ready to use.
2
On a flat surface, add your chicken breasts and season w/ a pinch of salt & pepper. Lay on the cheese. Set aside.
3
In a saute pan, add the diced sausage on medium and start to saute. Once the sausage starts to pop, add the crushed garlic, saute for a 1 minute more. Add the water and saute for another minute or so till the water is almost gone. Turn off heat, add the bread crumbs pinch of salt & pepper and the fresh herbs.
4
Spread 1 - 1-1/2 Tbls of filling onto the chicken. Roll the chicken breast jelly roll style and secure the end with a toothpick(s). Set aside and continue with the rest of the chicken
5
In a saute pan, add 3 Tbls of olive oil and heat pan. Once hot, add your chicken seam side down and saute on all sides till nicely brown.

Place the chicken in the oven and bake 20-25 minutes till baked thru, remove. (I used an oven proof saute pan, but if you need to transfer to another pan, please pour the juices from the saute pan over the chicken to bake, the flavor is amazing).
6
In a bowl, add your arugula greens. Add the balsamic, oil and pinch of salt. Toss till thoroughly incorporated.

Add the arugula greens to your plate. Drizzle with a few tsps of sundried tomato sauce over the greens.
7
Add your chicken over the greens and drizzle w/ the sundried tomato sauce. I served this dish with pan seared potatoes, but whatever side you want is fine.

Enjoy!!

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