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Chicken Saltimbocca

In this easy Chicken Saltimbocca recipe, chicken breasts are rolled with spinach, onions, garlic, and feta, and then simmered in a tasty tomato-based sauce. Low-carb and gluten-free, this is a tasty and comforting meal your family is sure to love.

Tasty Spicy gluten-free Chicken Saltimbocca

We loved this Chicken Saltimbocca as it is such an incredibly flavorful dish. Served by itself, it is a low-carb, gluten-free meal that’s as tasty to indulge in as it is easy to make.

In our home, we eat a lot of curry. I grew up with curry. Oftentimes, it is the easiest and tastiest thing I can make for dinner ~ especially in a hurry. But now and then, I take a break from curry to try out something different. 

These days, something different for us tends to revolve around loading up frozen pizzas, having a snack night (aka eat what’s there night), and doctoring up a rotisserie chicken.

Ingredients to make Chicken Saltimbocca with a spin

It’s been a hot minute since I made anything Italian.

In fact, it’s been quite a while since I even had pasta.

But, as I perused the products offered on sale, I was reminded of a rolled up chicken dish Giada De Laurentiis shared. After a quick search for “rolled up chicken Giada De Laurentiis” on Google, I found out about Chicken Saltimbocca.

Spinach filling for Chicken Saltimbocca with a spin

What is Chicken Saltimbocca?

Chicken Saltimbocca is a dish that involves pounding out chicken, seasoning it, then layering it with prosciutto, spinach, and Parmesan, rolling it up, and cooking it until it is deliciously browned.

I wanted to add my spin to this dish, so I dug into the annals of Google a bit more. I didn’t want to leave out any key ingredients that gave it its name of “Chicken Saltimbocca.”

Rolling up chicken stuffed with spinach feta for Chicken Saltimbocca with a spin

My digging revealed that Saltimbocca meant “jump into the mouth.” In other words, a chicken dish so tasty that your taste-buds will be begging for more immediate indulgence of this deliciousness. 

Several Saltimbocca recipes called for the use of boneless veal cutlets, prosciutto, fresh sage leaves, butter, and white wine.

But, I chose to put a spin on Giada’s version. Just like her recipe, I pounded out the chicken, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and used frozen spinach.

What are the ingredients in this Chicken Saltimbocca?

You will need the following 10 ingredients to make this easy meal:

  1. Olive oil
  2. Onion
  3. Garlic cloves
  4. Frozen spinach
  5. Jalapeño
  6. Chicken breasts
  7. Feta
  8. Little Italy in the Bronx Sauce
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
  10. Parsley to garnish

I opted to leave out prosciutto. I also used feta instead of parmesan and sautéed the frozen spinach with onion, garlic, and jalapeño ~ for a bit of a kick.

Then I rolled up these pounded out, spinach and feta stuffed, chicken breasts. I secured these with a toothpick and browned them in the same pan I used to sauté the onion, spinach, and garlic in.

Tasty Spicy Chicken Saltimbocca

Then, instead of calling it a day, I added in some of the Little Italy in the Bronx Sauce I found at Publix during the Everyday Delicious Italian Night promotion.

I also added in a bit of onion and garlic and let the gently browned rolled chicken breasts hang out in that simmering delicious sauce for a hot minute or two.

Enjoying Chicken Saltimbocca with a spin

When my daughter and I had our first bite of this Chicken Saltimbocca, the second one literally “jumped into our mouths.”

We loved this Chicken Saltimbocca as it is such an incredibly flavorful dish. Served by itself, it is a low-carb, gluten-free meal that’s as tasty to indulge in as it is easy to make.

However, I had also brought home some of The Rustik Oven Bread. My daughter lightly toasted up a few slices and we used them to sop up any remnants of that tasty sauce off of our plates.

Everyday Delicious Italian Night at publix with Chicken Saltimbocca

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Tasty Spicy Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken Saltimbocca (with a spin)

5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Shashi
In this easy recipe, chicken breasts are rolled with spinach, onions, garlic, and feta, and then simmered in a tasty tomato-based sauce. Low carb and gluten free, this is a tasty and comforting meal your family is sure to love.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • ½ a jalapeño
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp feta
  • 2 cups Little Italy in the Bronx Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley + feta to garnish


  • Peel and chop the onion as well as the garlic cloves. Divide the chopped onion and garlic into two piles. 
  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a pan over medium heat and add one of the piles of onion and garlic to it and sauté about 5 minutes.
  • Add the frozen spinach and turn the heat up a bit so liquid in spinach evaporates out.
  • Sauté spinach with onions and garlic about 5-7 minutes until spinach is heated through. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Take mixture off the heat and set aside to get to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, lay out the 4 chicken breasts and pound them out until they are flattened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Then, add a layer of the spinach mixture on each and top that with a little bit of the feta. Do this with all the chicken breasts.
  • Then, gently roll the chicken breasts up and secure with a toothpick.
  • Using the same pan that the spinach was sautéed in, add the remaining tbsp of olive oil to the pan and place it over a stovetop set to medium heat and place the rolled and secured chicken breasts into the pan.
  • Let chicken sauté for about 5 minutes or until browned.
  • Flip rolled stuffed chicken over so the browned side is facing up.
  • Add in the remaining pile of onions and garlic and the Little Italy in the Bronx Sauce. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • When time is up, remove the pan from heat. Spoon a bit of the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle on some parsley and more feta.
  • Serve as is or with The Rustik Oven Bread.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 871mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g
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  1. David @ Spiced says:

    I absolutely love Chicken Saltimbocca, and I’ve gotta say that your version sounds quite tasty, Shashi. This looks like the perfect comfort food for a chilly evening! Plus, you know how we feel about Italian food in our house – YUM!!

  2. Chris Collins says:

    I’ve never actually had Chicken Saltimbocca but it looks truly delicious! I’ll have to try out the recipe ASAP 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    This looks so tasty! I love the different spin you have put on this recipe too, such a great idea.

  4. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    This sounds so flavourful and delicious! I could definitely see my whole family enjoying this and it is great that it is low carb too!

  5. Eva says:

    What a spectacular twist! As an Italian, saltimbocca are quite a staple to me – when in doubt, sauté that chicken in white wine! But the addition of all those other ingredients here makes this dish so interesting and rich. And a smart way to get your kids to eat veggies!

  6. angiesrecipes says:

    Looks delightful! I love the sauce…a simple and delicious chicken recipe.

  7. Regina says:

    so tasty