Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Chicken and Mushroom Marsala




For many of us who visit Smitten Kitchen's blog, there's always something interesting to look at and the recipes are both accessible and delicious. The Chicken Marsala dish was all of the above. It's not fussy to make, generally ingredients that we have in our cupboards and the taste is impressive. The other quality thing that I liked about this dish is that if you have leftovers, warming them up the next day doesn't seem to take away from the flavour.

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 whole boneless chicken breasts with skin (about 2 1/2 lbs), halved
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
3 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided 1 1/2 and 2 T
1 onion, sliced thin
3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced thin
1/2 cup dry Marsala wine
1 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves

Directions

1. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper (I didn't use salt and found it was fine without it).



2. In a large heavy skillet heat oil and 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over moderately high heat unti hot but not smoking and brown chicken in 2 batches, transferring with tongs to a large plate as browned.
3. Discard all but 1 Tbsp fat from skillet and saute onion and mushrooms, stirring occasionallly until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated.


4. Add Marsala and cook mixture, stirring, until Marsala is almost evaporated.



5. Add broth and chicken with any juices that have accumulated on plate and simmer, turning chicken once, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken with tons to a platter.
6. Simmer mushroom sauce until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
7. Remove skillet from heat and stir in remaining 2 Tbsp butter and salt and pepper to taste, stirring until butter is just incorporated.
8. Spoon mushroom sauce around chicken and sprinkle with parsley.

The bonus of this dish is that it can be an everyday meal or a company meal. I doubt very much you'll hear a single complaint.

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NEWS FLASH!!!

We've just heard from Christine Cushing. She's finished tallying the results of submissions for Tried Tested and True Two. We'll have the top 3 winners for you in the next day or so!!!!!


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28 comments:

Elly said...

Mmm, looks delicious! Chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes, and my husband's too. It's one of the few things he will actually request. I add a little sherry to mine and elminate broth altogether for extra booziness, lol.

Lisa said...

Chicken looks great! And so does the potatoes.

Lori Lynn said...

I'm a big fan of Marsala in cooking. GREAT flavor! This recipe looks delicious.

noble pig said...

Can't wait to see the winners! How fun.

That marsala also looks Marvelous! Good ole' smitten kitchen!

canarygirl said...

Ooooooh! This is one of those perfect type dishes. And you *know* I love to cook with wine. ;) Some for the food, some for the chef. lol Good luck to all of the TTT participants! :)

nicisme said...

I am a fan of Marsala too, and this looks really good!

Elle said...

Just look at those onions and mushrooms! yum!

kittie said...

I'm just loving the flavours in this!

Adam said...

Chicken Marsala has to be one of my favorite Italian dishes ever. I just love the flavors, and the mushrooms just hit it home. I like how you included that leftovers would work great too. I've never thought of that.

Complaints? Of course not, them would be fightin words

Ivy said...

I know I will love this recipe but I have to find a substitute for Marsala. Do you think a cherry brandy will work?

That Girl said...

I love the idea of chicken marsala when the chicken is already cut - it must cut the cooking time a lot.

Deborah said...

I love hearing about successes from recipes off other blogs. This does look like a winner!

Ben said...

The star of this dish is definitely the Marsala (and the mushrooms) What's not to love? :-p

giz said...

That girl - cutting in small pieces seems to work for me only because I tend to eat unconventionally in the family room and not like normal people at a kitchen table.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Mmmm, Theres nothing like the smell of Marsala simmering on the stove! Great meal, and a big favorite of ours!

Grace said...

i love it when leftovers of a dish are just as good as the first time around. it makes all the difference when you're cooking for one or two, trust me! :)

Fran Z said...

I have not made any marsala is awhile, but was craving it today- and then saw your blog! Thanks for cooking it up for me!! ;)

bunny said...

so few ingredients for such a great looking dinner! this looks so good, i've never made it before. another good chicken recipe!

Dee said...

I've wanted to try this dish the minute I read about it on the SK site, but Marsala is a very overpriced in Malaysia, so I've been restraining myself :(

I love how blogging takes neighbourliness to such an international scale - the family recipe passed over a fence, so to speak. Did that make sense at all?

Antonio Tahhan said...

I just bought some marsala wine today to make zabaglione! Now I'll definitely be setting some aside to make chicken marsala this week - I love it!

Beth said...

I love chicken marsala. I often order it at our local restuarant. Will have to give it a try at home

Teresa said...

This looks great! We just visited a new wine shop and I picked up a good bottle of marsala with some hazy plan to make a dish like this. I can't wait to try it!

OhioMom said...

Chicken Marsala ... yummy! Leftovers for a sandwich the next day :)

kat said...

yummy, wonderful! I'll have to save that one for a single girl night as Matt won't like the mushrooms, what a wimp!

Larissa said...

Chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes of all time. This looks delish.

glamah16 said...

I can imagine how delicious this is. Cant wait for the winners to be announced.

Darius T. Williams said...

I'm loving your chicken marsala - minus the mushrooms. I'm totally stealing this idea - it looks too damn good not to - lol.

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

melissa said...

I loved the smitten kitchen Marsala, it was my jumping off point. So easy yet so good. You hit the nail on the head when you said it could be everyday food or company food. Looks perfect!

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