When you’re craving Italian food, don’t limit yourself to pasta! This flavorful, Creamy Chicken Marsala is topped with a dreamy, mushroom sauce you won’t believe came from your own kitchen!
Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms
A few weeks ago, on one of the first really crisp fall nights, we met up with some friends at a quaint little Italian spot in Broad Ripple Village. The tables filled quickly as we browsed the menu and sipped our wine. Bill ordered chicken Marsala, one of their specialties. He happily let me eat all his delicious, wine-soaked mushrooms.
You may remember he has a faux allergy to what he calls fungus. I’ve heard his “I’m deathly allergic” response so many times over the years. Always said with a smirk to get out of eating foods he’s not fond of like nuts, pineapple, mint and on and on. I was smitten without even tasting the chicken!
Restaurant Worthy Italian Chicken Marsala
But I digress. I knew I’d have to recreate this dish at home. Ambrosia’s version did not contain cream, but the addition created a lovely richness to the sauce. This elegant entree is equally as appropriate for a weeknight meal as it is for a dinner party. So much depth of flavor layered within each step of this recipe. Reducing the chicken broth, the addition of fresh herbs, the Marsala (did you know wine was a flavor enhancer?) all are key in making one outstanding entree. This chicken marsala with herbed mushrooms will be a dish I make again and again!
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Used in This Recipe:
- Citrus Press (the best tool for juicing lemons, limes, and oranges for recipes)
- Emile Henry Oil Bottle/Oil Cruet (I keep this pretty ceramic bottle on my kitchen counter filled with extra virgin olive oil)
- Pro-Line Meat Mallet (I use this to make chicken cutlets and pork medallions)
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 10 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon minced sage
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry Marsala
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme
Preheat oven to 200º.
Pour broth into a sauce pan and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Then set aside.
Cook shallots in 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet, stirring for about a minute until they start to get some color. Add mushrooms, sage, a bit of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are cooked and start to brown. Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.
Put flour into a pie plate. Gently pound chicken till about 1/2 inch thick. I place them in a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour on both sides. Shake off excess.
Heat olive oil and remaining butter using the same skillet. Saute the chicken, flipping after first side is browned.
When both sides have browned and chicken is just cooked through, remove chicken to a heat proof dish. Place it in a warm oven if desired while you make the sauce.
Add the Marsala to the skillet and bring to boil over high heat, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. After about 30 seconds, add broth, cream, reserved mushrooms and cook till sauce thickens slightly. Add the lemon juice and thyme. Serve the chicken with mushroom sauce.
Recipe adapted from Gourmet.
Feel free to use all sage or all thyme, but I like the combination of both.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 624 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 21g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 187mg Sodium: 948mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 43g