Gordon Ramsay’s stuffed chicken breasts

This recipe for stuffed chicken breasts, or saltimbocca, comes courtesy of Gordon Ramsay's new cookbook, Gordon's Healthy Eating.

Serves: 4


4 large chicken breasts
8 sage leaves
5 heaped tablespoons ricotta
sea salt
black pepper
8 slices parma ham
1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Handful of thyme sprigs


Cut a deep slit along one side of each chicken breast, without slicing right through, then open it out like a book. On a clean chopping board, finely chop four of the sage leaves, then mix into the ricotta and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Lay two Parma ham slices on the board, overlapping them slightly. Put a whole sage leaf in the middle and lay an open chicken breast, slit side up, on top. Spoon a quarter of the ricotta mixture onto the middle of the chicken, then fold the sides together again, to enclose the filling. Now wrap the Parma ham slices around the stuffed chicken breast. Wrap in cling film. Repeat with the rest of the chicken breasts and chill for 1–2 hours to firm up slightly.

Heat the oven to 180°C / Gas 4 and place a roasting pan in the oven to heat up. Heat a heavy-based frying pan and add the olive oil. When hot, fry the Parma-wrapped chicken, in batches if necessary, for 2 minutes on each side until browned. Lay a few thyme sprigs on each chicken breast, then place in the hot roasting pan. Cook in the oven for 12–15 minutes, depending on size, or until the meat feels just firm when lightly pressed.

Rest the chicken, covered, in a warm place for 5–10 minutes. Slice each breast thickly on the diagonal and arrange on warm plates. Serve with steamed greens and light mashed potatoes or a zesty couscous.

Recipe from Gordon’s Healthy Eating by Gordon Ramsay (photos ©Lisa Barber), published by Quadrille. Available at all good book stores.

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