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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Sage And Fontina Chicken Involtini

by Giada
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
4 to 6
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Sage And Fontina Chicken Involtini

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If you’re ever feeling bored of ways to cook chicken breast, this is a really fun way to do something different with it. Similar to my steak involtini, this is a great method of transforming a familiar ingredient and giving it a bit of new life.

I especially love this recipe for fall and winter, because the fresh sage evokes so many holiday memories for me. Feel free to switch out the sage with basil for a slightly different flavor profile, and you can really use any melty cheese in place of fontina - like gruyere, provolone, or even a mix of fresh mozzarella and Parmigiano.

Sage And Fontina Chicken Involtini

Sage And Fontina Chicken Involtini

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Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

35 minutes


Giada De Laurentiis


  • 6 (4 1/2 to 5 1/2-ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded thin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 ounces grated fontina cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 14-ounce cans of pomodorini
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the chicken cutlets on a clean work surface with the narrow end facing you. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place one sage leaf crosswise on each of the pieces of chicken. Sprinkle each of the pieces of chicken with 1/2 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of fontina cheese. Roll up the chicken and seal with one or two toothpicks.
  2. Warm the olive oil and garlic cloves in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and remove and discard the garlic. Add the wine and simmer for 2 minutes while scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes to the reduced wine in the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors marry, while gently smashing the whole tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Return the chicken to the pan. Simmer the chicken in the tomato sauce for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and simmer until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the tomato sauce onto serving plates or a serving platter. Slice the chicken into 1-inch rounds. Remove the toothpicks. Place the chicken over the sauce and serve hot.

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