Every time my son goes away to spend the summer with his dad, he comes like with a new favorite food. This summer is was mushrooms. More specifically a cheeseburger with swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms.
We have lots of chicken dinners in our house and one day I asked if he would mind if I made chicken marsala and explained that it was basically chicken with a mushroom cream sauce. He gave his stamp of approval and I immediately knew I wanted to try chicken marsala. I’ve never made it before and it seemed like a tasty, quick dinner to put together.
This meal was a cinch! And delicious! Most of the labor is comes with slicing the mushrooms and shallots. Everything else comes together pretty quickly and we’re eating within 35 minutes.
I wasn’t what to serve it with, so I just put it over angel hair pasta. We loved it so much, my son asked me to replace Taco Tuesday with chicken marsala.
- 1 ¾ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fl oz)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 10 oz mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced – I used baby bella’s
- 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (2 lb total)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Rice or pasta
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
- Bring broth to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over high heat, then boil, uncovered, until reduced to about ¾ cup, about 20 minutes.
- Cook shallot in 3 tablespoons butter in an 8- to 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until shallot begins to turn golden, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, 1 teaspoon sage, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Put flour in a wide shallow bowl. Gently pound chicken to ¼ inch thick between 2 sheets of plastic wrap using the flat side of a meat pounder or a rolling pin.
- Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, 1 piece at a time, shaking off excess. Transfer to sheets of wax paper, arranging chicken in 1 layer.
- Heat 1 tablespoon each of oil and butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté half of chicken, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer cooked chicken to a large heatproof platter, arranging in 1 layer, then put platter in oven to keep warm. Wipe out skillet with paper towels and cook remaining chicken in same manner, then transfer to oven, arranging in 1 layer.
- Add 1/2 cup wine to skillet and boil over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, about 30 seconds. Add reduced broth, cream, and mushrooms, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons wine and 1/2 teaspoon sage.