Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Chicken Marsala

Pal Naomi told me about this recipe awhile back, and since Geri recently gave us her defrosted chicken, I thought it was the perfect time to attempt to make it.  The recipe is from the Once Upon a Chef site.

It came out so good.  I told Naomi it's the ono-est thing I ever made. 

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  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded ¼-inch thick, or chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 
  • 1 (8-oz) package bella or button mushrooms 
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 
  • cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth 
  • 2/3 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, for serving (optional)


  1. Place the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a ziplock bag. Add the chicken to the bag; seal bag tightly and shake to coat chicken evenly. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (Use a stainless steel pan for the best browning. Nonstick will work too, but you won’t get that nice golden color on the chicken.) Place the flour-dusted chicken in the pan, shaking off any excess first, and cook, turning once, until the chicken is golden and just barely cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  3. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the broth, Marsala, heavy cream, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper; use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the pan into the liquid. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and gently boil, uncovered, until the sauce is reduced by about half, slightly thickened, and darkened in color, 10 to 15 minutes (you’re going for a thin cream sauce; it won’t start to thicken until the very end of the cooking time). Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce thickens a bit more, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve.

I'm getting braver at attempting hard recipes.  I think it helps for me to rewrite the recipes like this.  Somehow it seems less intimidating this way.


Honolulu Aunty said...

Oh boy, that looks good! Kinda too hard for me and I don't have Marsala wine. I guess that is a key ingredient or it wouldn't be called Chicken Marsala, right?

Anonymous said...

J, ohh today is grocery day. Gonna pickup the ingredients. Because heavy cream!!! -N

K and S said...

looks so good!

jalna said...

Aunty, I asked Naomi if I could make Chicken "Merlot" instead because that's what we had. She said no and even picked up the Marsala from Tamura's in Kaimuki for me when I couldn't find it at Foodland.

N, good luck!!

Kat, I feel like making it again.

DNakamaru said...

Looks super ono!

Haven't been reading all your posts cuz been busy with different stuff.
Hope all is well with you.

Chet Colson said...

I like that the dish has a lot of mushrooms. Creamy texture looks so appetizing.

jalna said...

Hey Dean! Nice hearing from you again!

Chet, I like the mushrooms too.

Susan said...

Wow, that looks like a gourmet dish! Your hubby and son must be tickled to see you cooking these gourmet looking dishes. : )