A Dinner to Impress: Kind-of Chicken Saltimbocca w/ Spicy Fries

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, there is a chance you heard me bragging about this dinner the other night. I believe what I said was “the dinner I made tonight was insane! I still have the flavors dancing on my tongue.” Now, that may seem a little dramatic, but wait until you make this dinner, you’ll get it…

I put out an SOS to Twitter for dinner ideas involving chicken cutlets, and Lena mentioned she was making America’s Test Kitchen’s Chicken Saltimbocca that evening. That was all the inspiration I needed! My recipe formed in my head as I mentally took inventory of what I had in my kitchen. Unfortunately that inventory did not include sage or prosciutto, which is how we ended up with “Kind-of Chicken Saltimbocca”.

For some reason my mind would not let go of serving my dinner with spicy fries, even though I was confused about the combination, and not sure it would work. Maybe it is just because I have habaneros on the brain. But boy did it ever work! This is a dinner I will be remembering for a long, long time, you know, the kind that makes you sad when it is gone…

Kind-of Chicken Saltimbocca

Click here for printable recipe


  • 5 or 6 chicken cutlets
  • Paprika
  • Adobo Seasoning (or seasoning salt if you don’t have Adobo)
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 10 oz frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed of excess juice)
  • 1 large garlic clove (peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 14oz Chicken Broth
  • You will also need toothpicks (woods, not plastic)


  • In a food processor or blender, combine spinach, cream cheese and garlic clove
  • Pulse until well mixed
  • Sprinkle both sides of each chicken cutlet with paprika, Adobo and pepper (use your judgement in how much seasoning you like)
  • Take 1 heaping tablespoon of spinach mixture and place it at the beginning of one long end of a cutlet.
  • Roll the cutlet over the spinach until you get to the other end of the cutlet
  • Secure this end with a toothpick
  • Close both sides of the chicken roll-up using a toothpick for each side
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan with high sides
  • When oil is hot, add chicken rolls
  • Brown chicken rolls on each side, about 3 – 5 minutes
  • Add chicken broth and lemon juice to the pan
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir up any of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan
  • Bring to a boil
  • Cover and allow to boil slowly for 20 minutes
  • Remove chicken from pan. Place on a plate and cover with foil
  • With lid removed, allow sauce to boil rapidly for about 5 -10 minutes or until it has reduced to half (make sure to keep an eye on it and stir frequently)
  • Remove the toothpicks from your chicken rolls
  • Plate chicken with sauce drizzled over the top, and extra sauce on the side

Spicy Fries


  • 2 large Idaho Potatoes (washed well)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 habanero (washed, seeds removed, sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 tsp Adobo Seasoning (or seasoning salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cut potatoes into shoe-string sized fries
  • Rinse potatoes well
  • Place cut potatoes, habaneros and garlic in a bowl or a large ziplock bag
  • Drizzle olive oil over potatoes
  • In a bowl, mix together the seasonings
  • Sprinkle seasoning mixture over the potatoes
  • Mix everything very well (or shake if using a bag)
  • Place potatoes in a 2 quart casserole pan
  • Bake for 15 minutes, stir and repeat until potatoes are desired “doneness”
  • Cooking time will depend on the cut of your potato and the dish you use, but should take about 40 minutes
  • I give mine a 5 minute broil at the end to make them crispier. If you do this, make sure to keep an eye on them because they will burn fast!

6 Replies to “A Dinner to Impress: Kind-of Chicken Saltimbocca w/ Spicy Fries”

  1. I love saltimbocca and love how you said the flavors were dancing on your tongue because saltimbocca means jumps in the mouth. Great way to put together this fabulous dish with stuff you had in the house.

  2. I’m looking at the blog and my mouth is watering.. I offically have my Sunday night dinner planned:) Good bye boring chicken! Thank you!!

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