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Chicken Saltimbocca with Cauliflower Rice as Risotto

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Chicken Saltimbocca with Cauliflower Rice is delicious boneless chicken breast wrapped with prosciutto and pan-seared until the prosciutto is crispy and crunchy and served with cauliflower risotto as the “new rice.” Then everything is topped with a buttery, wine glaze to make this a meal that exceeded my expectations!

This dish is a twist on the expected Italian veal dish, and a change of pace with the new cauliflower rice risotto!  A delicious and satisfying dish without a lot of fuss!

You may have already seen or heard about this new grated cauliflower in supermarkets. Grated cauliflower as the new rice – happens to be the new thing!

Whether you grate cauliflower yourself or buy it in a package, when it’s sauteed, it transforms into a very light, soft texture similar to steamed rice or even quinoa.

For this recipe, I decided to make Chicken Saltimbocca with a side of cauliflower risotto. To make the cauliflower rice as risotto, you simply saute garlic and onions, then add in the wine, cauliflower and blend with grated Parmesan cheese. This, of course, took about 10 minutes since cauliflower cooks up very quickly.


The “new risotto” turned out very light and tasty.  Best of all, it’s healthier and gluten free!  And, it compliments the chicken saltimbocca very nicely.

Chicken wrapped with prosciutto is easily pan-seared for a few minutes on each side until the chicken is fully cooked. The prosciutto adds a smokey and aromatic flavor to the chicken, making it so tasty! Then a quick butter-wine sauce is made in the same skillet for easy clean up.

This dish turned so good, it was better than I ever expected.

The biggest problem I am finding with getting my recipes on our blog, is getting the photos before everyone loses their patience while waiting to eat.  Unfortunately, I took these photos before I blended the cauliflower risotto with the Parmesan cheese.  But trust me – when I finally blended with the grated cheese, it was perfect!

And even better with the buttery-wine gravy poured on top. YUM!


Chicken Saltimbocca with Cauliflower Rice as Risotto

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts – sliced each breast in half, and pounded
  • 1/4 cup flour, to dredge
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves
  • 4 slices Italian prosciutto
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil – divided
  • 4 Tbsp. salted butter – divided
  • 1/2 cup white wine – divided
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves -diced
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped
  • 1 pound grated cauliflower or 1 large head, grated
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 Tbsp. low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions for Chicken and Cauliflower Risotto:

1. To grate cauliflower.  Place cauliflower florets into a food processor and pulse until it’s finely grated.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

2. In the large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add garlic and onion and saute until they soften and become translucent, about 3 minutes.  Add the wine and allow the wine to reduce, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the grated cauliflower to the onion mixture and saute for about a 1 minute to flavor it.  Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth, fresh parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the cauliflower until it’s tender to the bite, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Turn off the heat.  Stir in an additional tablespoon of butter and stir in grated Parmesan cheese.  Keep on stove top to keep warm until you are ready to serve.

4. To prepare the chicken.  In a small plate add some flour and dredge each piece of chicken on both sides.  Place a large fresh basil leaf on top and wrap with one slice of prosciutto. Set aside.
Repeat with each chicken until all 4 pieces are completed.


5. In a skillet, and on medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the chicken breasts.  Pan sear the chicken wrapped in prosciutto until the chicken is fully cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.  Remove and transfer to a platter.

6. In the same skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat, and add 1/4 cup of white wine and 2 Tbsp. chicken broth. Stirring until it reduces a little into a glaze. When butter-wine sauce slightly thickens turn off heat.  Pour the gravy over the chicken saltimbocca and serve with the cauliflower rice beside it.

Serves 4

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  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    February 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    You were very clever using the cauliflower rice for risotto to go along with your delicious chicken. Sounds like a terrific meal.

    • Reply
      February 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you Karen!

  • Reply
    February 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    This is one of my favourite dishes and I have often done it with turkey, but never tried it with chicken before, so your recipe is very timely for the next time I'm preparing a meal for someone! I've never heard of cauliflower rice, but I do love serving quinoa with this dish. Thank you for another delicious recipe idea! Have a happy week!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Sandra! Turkey sounds really good. We will have to try it with turkey as well. Thanks for the idea! Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    February 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Yum! I haven't tried the pre-grated cauliflower rice yet – but I will now! You presented a fantastic dish loaded with everything we love. Outstanding!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Tricia! 🙂

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 10, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I have heard of cauliflower 'rice' but have not yet seen it at the store nor tried making it myself. I am inspired by your recipe – it really looks delicious!

    • Reply
      February 13, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Thank you Sue! I've been playing with the new cauliflower rice with many dishes, and hopefully will have one or two more to share. Have a great night!

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