Involtini di Pollo alla Salvia {Chicken Roulades with Sage}

Roulades sound very fancy but they couldn’t be easier to make. Roulade comes from the French word “rouler” meaning to roll. And that’s exactly what you’re going to do. Roll. Making roulades isn’t just tasty, it’s also a great way to stretch your meal budget.

We transform 4 chicken breasts into 8 pieces {more if your chicken breasts are large to begin with} How do we do that? By pounding them thinly and cutting them into strips. Bonus points because we can work on our stress relief while we’re pounding them thinly with a mallet {or a rolling pin works in a pinch}

Tips/Tricks: I find the best way to pound the chicken is to cover them with plastic wrap. It cuts back on the mess, and makes for easy clean up. Be sure to season the chicken strips well once you’ve cut them into strips, chicken can be on the bland side if not seasoned correctly. If your sage leaves are on the smaller size add an extra one to each strip prior to rolling. Be patient while crisping your bacon, you’ll want that nice texture and crunch on the outside.

I like to serve my roulades over a bed of fresh spinach, or even a bed of mashed potatoes sounds good now that I think about it ; )



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Involtini di Pollo alla Salvia {Chicken Roulades with Sage}
What you’ll need:

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts – pounded thin
8 medium-large fresh sage leaves
4 slices of thick cut bacon – halved
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

What to do:
1. Once you have thinly pounded out your chicken breasts, cut each breast into two strips {slightly wider than your bacon slices}. Season chicken strips with salt and pepper.

2. Place 2 sage leaves onto each strip of chicken. Roll chicken strips. Roll bacon over chicken roll and secure with toothpicks. Continue until all pieces are rolled.

3. Into a frying pan add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken roulades and cook, turning frequently, until bacon has brown/crisped on all sides. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for approximately 10-15 minutes until chicken has cooked through {cooking time will depend on thickness of chicken}

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1
    lisa /

    Hmmm, very interesting, Never tried anything like this and it looks super easy.

  2. 2

    Roulade is one if my favorite dishes but I have never had one with sage! Such a fabulous herb 🙂

  3. 3

    Seriously, I don’t think my stomach could get any louder! I’m coming over! ;-D

  4. 4

    What a fab recipe and your photos couldn’t be better! Love serving stuff on fresh spinach, it just makes a dish so special!

  5. 5

    I can just taste the sage and bacon already! (Between you and me, I agree that pounding the chicken thin is definitely the best part of making the recipe – lol).

  6. 6

    I grow so much sage in my garden every year and I’m always looking for simple, pure ways to use it. This is so perfect, and my husband will love the bacon!

  7. 7

    Ok these little bites look amazing! I am totally going to make these this week. Thanks!

  8. 8

    I love the flavor of chicken with sage! Thank you for adding bacon to make it even better:)

  9. 9

    I have always done these with prosciutto but I love the idea of subbing bacon. And I’m with Lora–love chicken and sage. My daughter saw this up on my screen and said “Oooh what’s that??”

  10. 10

    I can’t believe how few ingredients this takes! And it looks so fancy, too!

  11. 11
    Mylynka /

    YUM! This looks delish!

  12. 12

    Yum! I mean, seriously, bacon-wrapped chicken? All I need now is some cheese sauce to dip it in. 😉

    Just kidding. Maybe. Although I did once eat a sandwich which consisted of grilled chicken, bacon and cheez whiz.

  13. 13

    Paula, this looks absolutely divine! Please can you come over and make it with me for dinner tonight? 🙂

  14. 14

    Mmmm….this looks perfect for my low carb experiment. 🙂 Just favorited on Stumble!!

  15. 15

    OmG! Look at the crust! Gorgeous Sunset red crust. The pictures are absolutely yummy. This is an excellent recipe to encourage spinach eating. Great share !


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