Monday, May 14, 2007

Chicken with Sage and Prosciutto

This is a very simple recipe to prepare. It has been a favorite in my home for years. The chicken quantities are listed specifically, but can be altered easily according to the number of guests. Just figure one slice of prosciutto and 1-2 sage leaves for each piece of chicken. Enjoy!

6 chicken breast halves
6 chicken drumsticks
6 chicken thighs
18 thin slices prosciutto
18 fresh sage leaves, plus sage sprigs for garnish
1 1/2 to 2 Tbs. olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Trim the excess fat from the prosciutto, then cut the slices to the dimensions of the chicken pieces.

Carefully slide your fingers under the skin on each chicken piece, separating it from the meat but leaving it attached on one side. Place a slice of prosciutto directly on the meat and top it with a sage leaf. Carefully pull the skin back in place and press gently with your palm to secure it.

Arrange the chicken pieces in 1 or 2 shallow baking dishes or in a roasting pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Brush the skin with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Roast until the skin is brown and crispy, and the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced at the thickest part with a fork, about 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy Williams-Sonoma


Suzanne Temple said...

We love this recipe, too, Kristen. I think you made it for us when Jacob was born.

Anonymous said...

I just returned from the grocery and we're having this dish tonight! I can't wait! :)

Anonymous said...

Twas delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will cook this again, but first I must plant myself a little pot of sage as I paid $2.59 for what amounted to a small handful

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Company came;
company consumed;
company raved and raved.

This was an awesome recipe.

Kristen Laurence said...

Wonderful, ladies! I'm so happy you enjoyed it.