Friday, July 27, 2012

Fantastic Foodie Friday~Chicken and Shiitake Marsala

Marsala, a fortified Italian wine recognized for its golden brown color and sweet, nutty flavor, is used in both sweet and savory dishes. Along with the smoky mushrooms in this recipe, the wine creates a rich, aromatic sauce. Dry sherry is a good substitute for Marsala. Made this recipe and it was delicious! There was not enough sauce. I increased to 2 cups of Marsala and 1 stick of butter. Probably increases the calories but it's definitely worth it!  Also, you can change out the mushrooms and use baby portabella mushrooms.

Sautéing brings out the shiitake mushrooms' strong smoky flavor. Doing so in Marsala, a nutty and sweet fortified wine, creates a surprisingly complex flavor profile with just a few ingredients.

Pantry Checklist:
  • Chicken breasts (4)
  • Fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • Marsala wine (or dry sherry)
  • Green onions
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 14 minutes


  • Preparation
  • (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • (3 1/2-ounce) packages shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • green onions, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup) and divided 
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. 1. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet.
  2. 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken and drippings from pan; set aside, and keep warm.
  3. 3. Heat pan over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms. Coat mushrooms with cooking spray; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add wine and 3 tablespoons onions. Cook 30 seconds over high heat. Reduce heat; add butter, stirring until butter melts.
  4. 4. Add chicken and drippings to pan, stirring gently. Place chicken on platter. Spoon mushroom sauce over chicken; sprinkle with remaining onions.

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