Ingredients and Tools You’ll Need
To make delicious Chicken Marsala, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
As for tools, you’ll need a large skillet or sauté pan, tongs, and a meat mallet (or rolling pin) to pound the chicken. Additionally, you may want to have a meat thermometer on hand to ensure that the chicken is cooked through. With these ingredients and tools, you’ll be well on your way to making a flavorful and satisfying Chicken Marsala dish.
Preparing the Chicken
Before you start cooking your Chicken Marsala, you’ll need to prepare the chicken breasts. First, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Then, place them in a plastic bag or between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
Next, dredge the chicken in flour, shaking off any excess. This will help create a crispy crust when you cook the chicken.
In a large skillet or sauté pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and the pan is hot, add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Use tongs to flip the chicken and be careful not to overcrowd the pan, which can cause the chicken to steam instead of sear.
Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it to a plate and cover it with foil to keep it warm. The chicken is now ready to be paired with the Marsala sauce for a delicious Chicken Marsala dish.
Making the Marsala Sauce
One of the key components of Chicken Marsala is the rich and flavorful Marsala sauce. To make the sauce, start by adding sliced mushrooms to the same pan you used to cook the chicken. Cook the mushrooms for a few minutes until they release their juices and start to brown.
Next, add the Marsala wine to the pan and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Let the wine simmer for a few minutes until it has reduced by about half. Then, add the chicken broth and bring the sauce to a simmer.
Let the sauce cook for a few more minutes until it has thickened slightly. Finally, stir in some chopped fresh parsley for a burst of fresh flavor.
Now that the Marsala sauce is ready, it’s time to add the cooked chicken to the pan and finish cooking the dish.
Cooking the Chicken and Sauce Together
With the Marsala sauce prepared, it’s time to add the cooked chicken back to the pan and finish cooking the dish. Place the chicken back into the pan with the Marsala sauce and spoon some of the sauce over the chicken.
Simmer the chicken and sauce together for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is heated through. Be sure to spoon the sauce over the chicken a few times while it simmers to ensure that it’s fully coated in the delicious Marsala sauce.
Once the chicken is fully cooked and coated in the sauce, it’s time to serve and enjoy your Chicken Marsala dish.
Serving and Enjoying Your Chicken Marsala
To serve your Chicken Marsala, start by arranging the chicken on a serving platter or individual plates. Spoon some of the Marsala sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with additional chopped parsley for garnish.
Chicken Marsala pairs well with a variety of sides, such as mashed potatoes, rice, or roasted vegetables. Consider serving a green salad or bread on the side as well.
Once everything is plated and ready, it’s time to sit down and enjoy your delicious and satisfying Chicken Marsala dish. The combination of tender chicken, flavorful Marsala sauce, and hearty sides is sure to make for a memorable and enjoyable meal.