Chicken Marsala

Introduction

Indulge in the savory flavors of Chicken Marsala, a classic Italian dish that combines tender chicken, earthy mushrooms, and rich Marsala wine sauce. This recipe is sure to impress your family and guests with its delicious taste and comforting aroma.

Why Make This Recipe

Chicken Marsala is a perfect choice for a cozy dinner at home or a special gathering. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, this dish offers a gourmet dining experience without the hassle. The combination of flavors in the Marsala wine sauce creates a tasty and satisfying meal that everyone will love.

How to Make Chicken Marsala

Ingredients:

  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (or more as needed)
  • ¼ cup flour (plus 1 Tablespoon for later)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup Marsala wine
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Optional garnish: parsley

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthways to create 2 thin pieces. Pound the chicken pieces to about ¼ inch thick.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a deep large skillet.
  3. Coat each chicken piece with a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Shake off excess flour and place the pieces into the hot oil.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until fully cooked and golden brown. Remove the chicken from the skillet and cover with foil.
  5. Melt butter in the same skillet, then add mushrooms, diced onion, and cook for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and minced garlic, cooking for another minute.
  7. Whisk in Marsala wine and simmer for a minute.
  8. Add chicken broth and heavy cream, bring to a boil, then simmer to thicken the sauce for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Return the chicken to the skillet and heat for a few minutes until heated through.

How to Serve Chicken Marsala

Serve Chicken Marsala hot, garnished with parsley if desired. This dish pairs well with pasta, rice, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

How to Store Chicken Marsala

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Chicken Marsala

  • Use thin chicken cutlets for quick and even cooking.
  • Deglaze the pan with Marsala wine to capture all the flavorful browned bits.
  • Adjust the amount of salt and pepper to suit your taste preferences.

Variation

For a lighter version of Chicken Marsala, substitute heavy cream with half-and-half or Greek yogurt for a healthier twist.

FAQs

  1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts? Yes, you can use chicken thighs for a juicier and more flavorful alternative.
  2. Is it necessary to use Marsala wine? Marsala wine adds a distinct flavor to the dish, but you can substitute with a dry white wine or chicken broth if needed.
  3. Can I make Chicken Marsala ahead of time? While best served fresh, you can prepare the sauce in advance and reheat it with the chicken when ready to serve.

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