When I told my daughter I was making Chicken Saltimbocca for dinner, she said, “What’s that?” My response: bacon on chicken. Technically, that is not true, but it is the best short answer I could think of and it describes the essence of this dish. Prosciutto is Italian cured ham, which imparts a savory, salty, flavor that goes well with chicken (or just about anything, for that matter).
Unlike traditional ham in the U.S., thin slices of prosciutto crisp like bacon in this dish for a delightful texture. Add a little sage and a light, lemony sauce and you’ll understand why Saltimbocca [sȯl-təm-ˈbä-kə] literally means to jump in the mouth—it’s that good.