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Stuffed Chicken Saltimbocca

Home::Recipes > Poultry  |  October 2011

Barbecued Chicken Saltimbocca Saltimbocca is a popular dish in Italy, Spain, Greece and Switzerland. The word Saltimbocca literally means 'jumps in the mouth'. The dish is traditionally veal or chicken with prosciutto and sage; rolled up and marinated in Marsala, oil or basic brine. This dish changes slightly depending on the region – this is my take with a little barbecue flair.

This is a great recipe for the grill or smoker. If using a grill you can use a smoker pouch for that perfect smoked flavor. I like to use fruit woods for this dish, but have been known to use mesquite too.


Yield: 12 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes


12-16 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 pkg pre-sliced Provolone cheese
1 pkg prosciutto or tri-pack of soprosata, capicolo and prosciutto
1 bunch fresh sage (optional), chopped
1 disposable aluminum pan
2-3 sticks margarine
1 batch Molé BBQ Sauce, prepared


  1. Using gloves clean and trim the thighs making sure to inspect for proper de-boning.
  2. Unroll the chicken thigh and place on a cutting board. Using a piece of wax paper and a mallet flatten each thigh. An even thickness will ensure it cooks evenly.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with your favorite BBQ Rub or a little seasoning salt.
  4. Layer each piece with cheese and a piece of prosciutto. If I have fresh sage I will add a small amount of chopped sage to the middle. Diced Roma tomatoes go great with the sage too!
  5. Trim the chicken so it is uniform.
  6. Roll up and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Spread out the butter in the aluminum pan and cook using the butter bath method. Cook for 30-40 minutes hour at 300°F – the internal temperature of the chicken should be between 150-160°F.
  8. Remove from the pan and place chicken directly on the grates. Brush chicken with some of leftover butter from pan or turn them a few times before removing from pan.
  9. Cook for approximately 10 more minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken is 170°F.

Preparing Barbecued Chicken Saltimbocca These are great served with warm Molé BBQ Sauce – I created the sauce specifically for this dish. The sauce complements with the savory with a little sweetness.

You’ve never had anything like it. Sit back and let these jump into your mouth!

Tagged: Barbecue Recipe   Butter-Bath   Cheese   Chicken   Grill Recipe  

Last Updated: November 23, 2012

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