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Chicken Fig Saltimbocca Recipe

Chicken perfectly balanced with savory prosciutto, herbaceous sage, fresh sliced figs and a sweet balsamic fig sauce
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 192 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 10 fresh ripe figs (I used Black Mission figs.)
  • 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar (I prefer an aged variety)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 25-30 leaves fresh sage
  • 3 ounces thinly-sliced Prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Remove stems and quarter six of the figs and place them in a small saucepan. Add ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar simmer until the figs break down and the mixture thickens, about 6 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick a spoon or two more balsamic vinegar.
  2. Pound out 4 chicken breasts until they’re ¼- to ½-inch thick. Be sure they are all the same thickness. If they become too large, cut them in half or even thirds so they’re more manageable.
  3. Remove the stems from 4 more figs and slice them cross-ways into 4 slices each. Salt and pepper the chicken, place two or three fresh sage leaves on each piece, add two slices of figs on top of the sage, then carefully wrap the chicken in a slice of Prosciutto.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan to medium-high heat, then add the prosciutto-wrapped chicken (cook in batches if they don’t all fit). After 4-5 minutes, flip them over and continue cooking until a meat thermometer registers at 165 degrees (F), about another 4-5 minutes. Place the chicken on a platter and cover until all the remaining chicken is cooked.
  5. Throw 8-10 large sage leaves into the sauté pan and “fry” each side for around 30 seconds. They should be crispy. Remove and place on paper towel to drain and sprinkle with salt..
  6. To assemble, plate the chicken, add a few dollops of the fig balsamic sauce, and finish with some crispy sage leaves.

Recipe Notes

When reheating the balsamic fig sauce, add a few spoonfuls of balsamic vinegar or water to bring it back to a sauce consistency.

When fresh figs are not available, dried figs may be used instead.