If you have a dinner coming up where you would like to impress someone, or you simply happen to be a fan of the dish, then Chicken Marsala is a recipe that you can't afford to overlook. While many people may think that it is too difficult to make (after all, it is on the menus of quite a few fantastic restaurants), the truth is that it is entirely possible for anyone to make. Granted, it can take a little bit of work, and about 30 minutes of time, but you can get it done.
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, approximately 4 ounces
- 8 ounces freshly sliced mushrooms
- 3 cups Marsala wine
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Prepare the chicken. Remove the chicken breasts from the store packaging, and then place them between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat tenderizer, mallet, or some other similar implement, pound the chicken breasts until they are about 1/4 inch thick. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley, and mix everything together. Dredge the chicken through the mixture and then set the chicken aside.
- Mix the oil and butter. In a large non-stick skillet mix together the oil and butter, with the temperature of the burner set at medium high. Be careful that you don't let the mixture scorch, and when everything is mixed, you can proceed to the next step.
- Add the chicken. Once the oil and butter have completely mixed, it's time to add the chicken. Allow the chicken to remain in place until it starts to turn a light brown color (which should really only take about three minutes at most).
- Add mushrooms. Turn the chicken over, and then add the mushrooms to the mix. Allow the chicken to cook until it is a light brown color on the new side, and stir the mushrooms a bit to prevent them from sticking.
- Reduce heat, add wine. Pour the Marsala wine over the chicken and mushrooms, and then reduce the heat to a medium low setting. This will allow the wine, mushroom, chicken, and other flavors to mingle nicely.
- Cover and simmer. Place a cover or lid over the skillet, and allow everything to simmer for about 10 minutes. Once the time has passed, everything should have mixed nicely into a fantastic tasting sauce.
- Prep side dish. While the chicken and sauce is simmering, you have ample time to prepare a great side dish to go with it. Ideally, you can serve things like rice, pasta, and potatoes (both mashed and roasted). Simply choose your favorite, and prepare them like you normally do.
- Remove and serve. After the appropriate amount of time has passed, simply remove the chicken and sauce and serve it. Sit back and enjoy your meal, you have earned it.