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What To Serve With Chicken Saltimbocca [15 Delicious Sides]

Chicken saltimbocca is a classic Italian dish that originates from Rome. It’s traditionally made using veal, but I always use chicken. And the chicken is wrapped with prosciutto and sage, resulting in a rich and salty flavor.

Need some inspiration on what to serve with chicken saltimbocca? Here’s my list of 15 go-to side dishes that are guaranteed to impress.

The best side dishes to serve chicken saltimbocca are lemon and herb risotto, roasted asparagus, or an arugula caprese salad. You could also serve a rustic crusty bread or a radish and cucumber salad. For more unique sides try gnocchi in mushroom marsala cream or Mediterranean cauliflower rice.

Lemon and herb risotto

Planning to serve the chicken saltimbocca for a special occasion?

Complete the meal with a side of risotto.

Elegant and luxurious, this lemon and herb risotto is an Italian classic that’ll capture everyone’s hearts.

It’s naturally creamy and has a bright flavor from the lemon, which pairs well with the salty prosciutto. 

Serve the meal with an ice-cold glass of vino and you have a winning combo.

Broiled Italian tomatoes

The combination of these broiled tomatoes and chicken saltimbocca will transport you straight to the streets of Italy. 

The tomatoes are juicy and bursting with sweetness, and the parmesan cheese and parsley topping adds some crunch.

Make the perfect late summer dinner for your loved ones using this 15-minute recipe.

Arugula caprese salad

Arugula caprese salad is one of my all-time favorite salads.

It’s bright and colorful, and super quick to throw together. 

It’s got peppery notes from the arugula, sweetness from the tomatoes, and a touch of creaminess from the mozzarella.


Watch this arugula Caprese salad disappear in a matter of minutes at your next get-together.

Mashed potatoes

Going to be in a rush?

This make-ahead mashed potato has your back.

All you need is five ingredients and a spare 20 minutes.

When you’re ready to reheat the potatoes, it’s as easy as popping them in the oven.

This means you can concentrate on cooking the chicken saltimbocca (or entertaining your dinner guests!). Whatever you prefer. 

Learn how to make these time-saving mashed potatoes here.

Radish and cucumber salad

During the summer months when I don’t want a heavy side, this radish and cucumber salad has become one of my go-to’s

It couldn’t be much more refreshing.

Thinly sliced cucumber and radish are dressed with a tangy dill vinaigrette that will cut right through the salty, rich chicken and prosciutto. 

Head on over to Bowl of Delicious for the recipe.

Gnocchi in mushroom sauce

A fancy dinner doesn’t have to mean long hours in the kitchen.

This 10-minute creamy marsala mushroom gnocchi proves that.

It’s a soft and fluffy pasta dish that has a slightly earthy flavor from the button mushrooms.

And if mushrooms aren’t your cup of tea, you can substitute them with eggplants or artichoke hearts.

The gnocchi along with your chicken saltimbocca makes for a hearty dinner.

Check out the full recipe here.

Roasted green beans

Looking for an easy weeknight side dish?

Well, look no further because these roasted parmesan green beans deliver.

The panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese topping transforms the green beans from boring and predictable, to interesting and delicious.

What are you waiting for? 

Elevate your Monday night with these roasted parmesan green beans.

Crusty bread

This rustic Italian bread has a thick crispy crust and a fluffy soft center that is perfect for mopping up all the juices from your chicken, so not a single drop of flavor is wasted.

You could go for some store-bought bread, but homemade is so much tastier.

And it’s easier than you think, I promise. 

Florentina’s no-knead recipe is great for beginners and experienced bakers alike. You should check it out.

Lemon asparagus

Sometimes the best side dishes are the simplest ones.

These thin asparagus are roasted and then drizzled with smooth lemon tahini sauce.

A few stalks paired with your chicken saltimbocca is enough for a light dinner, but you could also add some bread to the plate if you want something more filling. 

This lemon tahini asparagus is perfect for springtime.


Why not bring a piece of Sicilian summer to your table to go alongside your chicken saltimbocca.

This vibrant eggplant dish is a melody of sweet and sour flavors, with a velvety texture that comes from the combination of tomatoes, capers, and olives. Your guests will definitely be asking for the recipe (which is here)!

Psst… don’t go overboard on the capers, or the whole plate can get overly salty.

Brussel sprouts

Roasted to perfection with a crispy, caramelized outside, these brussel sprouts will add a touch of holiday cheer to your meal (no matter what time of year it is!).

The balsamic glaze adds a sweet-but-tangy note to the savory sprouts and makes them surprisingly irresistible. 

These are a far cry from the mushy boiled sprouts you might be used to.

Julia’s guide has three different ways to make the balsamic dressing.

Buttered noodles

The Italian word Saltimbocca means “jumps in the mouth” and take my word for it, these parmesan buttered noodles will have you feeling the same way.

Serve your chicken saltimbocca on a bed of them for the ultimate comfort meal. 

These buttered noodles will also do a great job of absorbing whatever sauce you’re going to cook the chicken in.

Cauliflower rice

Think pasta might be too heavy for your chicken?

Cauliflower rice is a great side if you want something low-carb and light. 

It will soak up all the flavors from the saltimbocca, just like normal rice, but won’t make you feel over-full afterwards. 

It’s also a sure-fire way of sneaking veggies onto the plate.

This Mediterranean cauliflower rice is warm and nutty.

Leek gratin

Soft, tender leeks baked into an indulgent cheese sauce and then topped with more crispy fried leeks – sounds delightful right?

Just the thought of smothering my chicken with the sauce from this cheesy leek gratin is enough to make my mouth water.

Psst… go for a good quality cheese to get the most out of this dish.

Sautéed spinach

On the lookout for a really simple side? Sautéed spinach is what you’re looking for.

It’s super easy and you only need a few ingredients, most of which are pantry staples like garlic and salt. Spinach is also super healthy and will help balance out the indulgence of chicken saltimbocca.

Pro tip… if you have any leftover, it’s great in an omelet the following morning.

What To Serve With Chicken Saltimbocca [15 Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your chicken saltimbocca.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken saltimbocca side dishes, what to serve with chicken saltimbocca
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 263kcal


  • 1 portion chicken saltimbocca


  • Prepare your chicken saltimbocca according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: lemon and herb risotto, broiled Italian tomatoes, arugula Caprese salad, make-ahead mashed potatoes, radish and cucumber salad, gnocchi in mushroom marsala cream, roasted parmesan green beans, rustic Italian crusty bread, lemon tahini asparagus, brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze, parmesan buttered noodles, Mediterranean cauliflower rice, and a cheesy leek gratin.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 263kcal

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