Chicken Saltimbocca

March 10, 2008 6:09:04 PM PDT
Chef Don Dial, owner of Rocco's Cafe in San Francisco, shows us how to make a delicious Chicken Saltimbocca.

Rocco's Famous Chicken Saltimbocca
from Rocco's Café, South of Market, San Francisco

    2 3-oz. boneless skinless Chicken Breasts
    ½ cup Flour
    ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    ½ cup of White Wine
    ½ cup Chicken Broth
    Teaspoon of Butter
    Pinch of Pepper
    Pinch of Parsley
    2 Slices of Jack Cheese
    2 Thin Slices of Prosciutto
    2 Teaspoons Parmesan Cheese
  1. Pound out chicken breasts and flour both sides
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat the Extra Virgin Olive Oil on medium high
  3. Place floured chicken breasts in sauté pan and then drain the oil
  4. Spread out chicken breasts in the pan without oil in the pan and add a pinch of flour on top of the chicken breasts
  5. Pour 4ozs. of white wine over flour while shaking the pan until the flour dissipates
  6. Add half cup of chicken broth and teaspoon of butter, a small pinch of pepper and small pinch of parsley
  7. Add a slice of jack cheese and a thinly sliced piece of prosciutto on top of the chicken breasts while adding another slice of jack cheese to the sauce
  8. Add a teaspoon of parmesan cheese on top of each chicken breast
  9. Sauté, then reduce
  10. Remove each piece of saltimbocca and place on plate leaving the sauce to reduce longer and thicken
  11. Pour sauce over all saltimbocca pieces and serve

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    About Don Dial, Chef/Owner of Rocco's Café, South of Market:
    Don Dial grew up with Italian cooking in his blood. His mother was a typical Italian mom, always cooking or baking something from scratch, and both his grandfather and uncle ran successful Italian restaurants in San Francisco spanning over five decades. As a young boy, Don would spend many hours helping his mother by rolling dough into little pillow shapes to make fresh Gnocchi pasta, picking fresh blackberries for blackberry pie, or canning peaches, pears and apples for winter.

    By the age of 18, Don was ready to put this valuable experience to use and entered the restaurant business as a line cook for a very popular Italian restaurant in North Beach, quickly advancing to Night Manager. By this time, Don knew that some day he would own his own Italian restaurant in San Francisco.

    Rocco's Cafe is named after Don's grandfather, Rocco Coscarelli, who ran Rocco's Fine Food restaurant for more than 20 years; the key ingredients were quality, quantity, and personality. This old-school Italian recipe for success was passed down to Don, who 17 years ago opened Rocco's Cafe in his honor. Today, Rocco's enjoys a loyal following of regular customers who keep coming back to this South of Market Neighborhood Institution. With Don as Chef everything is Special and each dish is an Original cooked with individual attention.