Chicken Saltimbocca

Fried chicken goes gourmet if you insert a slice of ham and some sage under the chicken skin.

Chicken Saltimbocca
Ingredients You Will Need:

1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
2 boneless chicken breasts, each split in half
4 slices ham
8 fresh sage leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried sage
2 cups cooking oil

Combine pepper and buttermilk in a bowl or glass pie dish large enough to hold the chicken in one layer, and set aside. Place the flour on a plate, and set aside. Place a slice of ham under the skin of the chicken and place 2 sage leaves or some dried sage inside. Place the breasts in the buttermilk and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Turn the breasts over, and let sit another 20 minutes.

Heat a 1-inch depth of oil in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, and wipe off excess buttermilk. Dust the breasts on both sides with flour and place in the hot oil. Cook about 6 minutes, turn and cook until a golden brown crust forms, about another 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the breasts, and drain on an absorbent towel. Serve immediately.

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