Chicken Valdostana (Pollo alla Valdostana) is a delicious Italian recipe, made with thin pan-seared chicken cutlets, prosciutto, and fontina cheese in an easy white wine sauce. The step-by-step instructions are down below to give you the confidence to make this wonderful recipe. If you are more experienced go right to the recipe card.
For this recipe, you will need thin-sliced chicken cutlets, oyster mushrooms, prosciutto, fontina cheese, chicken stock, dry white wine, unsalted butter, and flour. The exact amounts are down below in the recipe card.
How to make Chicken Valdostana
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- Ingredients shown: block of fontina cheese, thin slices of prosciutto, and 2 large oyster mushrooms. Preheat oven to 375f.
- Grate enough fontina (approximately ¾ cup) to lightly cover each piece of chicken or use pre-sliced fontina cheese.
- Remove dirt from mushrooms with a paper towel and slice into ½" strips like shown.
- Prepare the chicken by arranging the cutlets on a plate and filling another plate with a cup of flour for dredging.
- Pat the cutlets dry with a paper towel and lightly season both sides with a touch of salt and pepper. Dredge the cutlets in flour and shake off excess. Just light flouring is all that's needed. The flour helps absorb the moisture and allows the chicken to sear better.
- Make sure to use an oven-safe pan and if required pan sear the cutlets in batches. In a pan on medium heat add 1-2 Tbsp of butter and 1 Tbsp of olive oil. After the pan is hot, add the flour dredged cutlets and sear for 2 minutes per side. Use another bit of butter and oil for the second batch. Set aside all the seared chicken on a plate.
- In the same pan saute the oyster mushrooms over medium-high heat.
- When brown and cooked through (approximately 5-7 minutes) remove the mushrooms and set aside.
- To the same pan add the ¾ cup white wine and ¾ cup low sodium chicken stock. Turn heat to high.
- Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge all the flavor bits. Let the sauce cook for 5 minutes to reduce by half. Don't worry, the sauce does not have to be reduced exactly by half. Add in 1 more Tbsp of butter and mix to incorporate.
- Turn heat off and place the chicken in the pan.
- Add one slice of prosciutto on top of each cutlet. Layer the mushrooms on top of the prosciutto and finally top with the fontina cheese. Spoon a touch of the sauce on to each cutlet and bake in the oven.
After 5-7 minutes the pollo alla valdostana will be fully cooked. The prosciutto and mushrooms will be covered by the bubbly cheese. Spoon some of the pan sauce over the top and serve.
What to serve with chicken Valdostana
In the pics, the chicken valdostana is paired with a side of broccoli rabe. Other great sides to pair it with are sauteed spinach with garlic, sauteed Italian broccoli, or green beans. A simple side of garlic spinach or a green salad would be nice too.
- Double or triple recipe - If making a lot of chicken, use a sheet pan for finishing instead. Sear all the cutlets and arrange in a lightly oiled sheet pan stacked with the prosciutto, mushrooms, and cheese. Top each cutlet with some of the sauce and bake for the same amount of time. The extra sauce can be kept warm and spooned over the top after baking.
- How to get a good sear on the chicken - Take your time getting the pan hot with the oil and butter before adding the chicken so the chicken sears right away. Make sure the chicken is nice and dry before dredging as well.
Chicken Valdostana substitutions
- meat - Pork or veal cutlets or chops can be substituted.
- mushrooms - The mushrooms are completely optional, but are a nice addition. Oyster mushrooms can be cut into large pieces that hold well under the cheese, but any mushroom is fine.
- wine - White wines such as Pinto Grigio or Chardonnay work well in the valdostana sauce, but use any dry white wine you have. Dry vermouth can also be used.
- tomato - A couple of san marzano plum tomatoes crushed and added to the sauce with the wine and stock create added richness and body. The taste with the added tomatoes is quite similar to the sauce in this amazing chicken sorrentino recipe.
- cheese - You can substitute mozzarella or a soft provolone for the fontina cheese.
- salt - Salt is kept low. Prosciutto, fontina cheese and chicken stock will add considerable sodium to the dish. Adjust accordingly.
More recipes with thin-sliced chicken breasts
- Chicken involtini - Rolled cutlets with garlicky spinach, mushrooms, and fontina cheese.
- Chicken saltimbocca - Chicken layered with prosciutto and sage in a tasty white wine sauce.
- Spinach mushroom chicken - Chicken breasts with spinach and mushrooms in a garlic white wine sauce.
- Chicken marsala - Pan-seared chicken with mushrooms in a delicious sauce.
- Chicken piccata - Chicken with lemon, capers, and white wine sauce.
- Chicken francese - Egg-battered cutlets in a tangy butter sauce.
- Chicken Florentine - Chicken cutlets in a creamy spinach white wine sauce.
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- 4 large chicken cutlets thin sliced
- 1 cup flour
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large oyster mushrooms stems removed and sliced
- ¾ cup fontina cheese
- 4 slices prosciutto
- ¾ cup dry white wine
- ¾ cup low sodium chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- ½ teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste
- Grate fontina cheese. Clean and slice oyster mushrooms into ½" strips. Preheat oven to 375f and set rack to middle.
- In an oven safe pan heat 1-2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil (enough to coat pan) on medium heat. Pat dry chicken cutlets and lightly season both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge cutlets in flour and shake off excess. Pan sear the cutlets for 2 minutes per side then remove cutlets and set aside. If required work in batches adding another Tbsp of butter and olive oil to second batch.
- In the same pan saute mushrooms over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes or until brown. Use a touch more oil and butter if the pan is dry. When mushrooms are finished remove and set aside.
- Turn heat to high and add the ¾ cup chicken stock and ¾ cup white wine. Cook for 5 minutes to let the sauce reduce. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge all brown bits. Add in 1 Tbsp of butter to the sauce and stir to combine.
- Turn heat off and place the chicken in the pan. Top chicken with 1 slice of prosciutto per cutlet. Next, place the mushrooms on top and finally evenly distribute the fontina cheese. Spoon a touch of the sauce on top of each cutlet and place pan in oven to finish cooking.
- Remove the chicken valdostana when the cheese is bubbly and the chicken is fully cooked through (about 5-7 minutes). Enjoy!
- Fontina cheese, prosciutto and chicken stock contain salt. Adjust extra salt accordingly.
- Mozzarella or soft provolone can be substituted for the fontina.
A fantastic traditional recipe. Have used it before and am visiting again to remind me what to buy.
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for leaving the review!
I was going to make this this week. I can’t figure out where all of the carbs come from. Can you explain please? Thanks.
Hi SK. I just reran the nutrition info. It turns out the carbs were way too high. Now they are only 8.8 grams per serving. Hope that helps.
I too saw the carb was way to high. Glad you reran the recipe. Being on the keto diet iwasnt going to make this . But i will know. In your future videos. Why not mention that particular recipe is Keto friendly
Ive tried several of your recipes and they always turn out fantastic ,this one is no exception. Thanks for making me look like I know what to do in the kitchen
Hi DJ. Glad this one was another hit. I appreciate the support!
Thank so much, we were so bored of chicken til we found you!
Hi Dawn, haha thank you! I'm happy I was able to help with the chicken recipes!
I made this after eating at a restaurant the week before. I can't say I was disappointed. It tastes the exact same and just as delicious as the restaurants.
Hi Vanessa, thanks for the comment and I'm so happy you enjoyed the recipe!
I knew from reading the ingredients, then watching your video that this was going to be a delicious recipe. We just finished dinner and this was a big hit.
Served mine with roasted Yukon potatoes and yellow grape tomatoes, and steamed broccoli florets. Squisito! Thanks again, Chef Jim, for another easy, tasty recipe the whole family enjoyed.
Hi Anne, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the Valdostana. It's definitely one of our favorites. Thank you for the comment!
like your recipes and use them regularly. but WHY are you bending over all the time now.?
In my older videos, I had to bend down due to my camera setup. In my more recent videos (at least the past year to year and a half) I have a different setup and don't need to bend anymore. If you're seeing bending, you're watching an older video. I am assuming you're watching the chicken valdostana video since that's the post you're commenting on - that video was released on 1/1/2021 and is nearly two years old.
Delicious recipe! I didn’t have oyster mushrooms, but I made it with a mix of fresh shiitake and small cremini, sliced thin. They worked well.
Many of your dishes are similar to what I ate growing up in an Italian-American home. Your instructions are clear and the results are always delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
Hi Phyllis, I'm so happy you enjoyed the valdostana and really appreciate the comment! Thank you!
Do you use Fontina Val D'Aosta ? Besides that one and a younger Fontal also from Italy, all others I find are domestic Fontina. What do you advise? Thank you.
Hi Den, I use either Danish or Italian fontina depending on which one is available. I don't recall seeing domestic in the store. Use whichever you have access to.