Chicken Marsala is a super easy dish you can whip up in less than than 30 minutes and get “restaurant” flavor. If you pick up pre-sliced mushrooms and “paillards”* from the grocery store, you can make it even faster.
Traditional Marsala uses veal, but I haven’t eaten veal for a couple of dozen years. Another change I’ve made to the traditional version is to add chopped shallots and a clove of garlic, because doesn’t everything taste better with shallots and garlic? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a chicken paillard.
Enjoy this chicken marsala recipe!
- 2 chicken breasts butterflied and pounded thin. You'll end up with 4 pieces.
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 medium shallot minced
- 1/2 pound mushrooms sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry Marsala wine depending how thin you want the sauce
- Salt and pepper
Dredge breasts in seasoned flour.
Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over a medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the chicken pieces, 2 at a time depending on the size of your skillet, and cook about 2-3 minutes per side, until light golden brown, remove and cover with foil. Keep warm in oven.
Heat 2 more tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons butter to skillet, and add mushrooms, shallots and garlic. Saute until the mushrooms are light golden brown.
De-glaze pan by adding the Marsala to the pan and scrapping the bottom. Cook a couple of minutes until sauce is reduced a bit.
Add 2 tablespoons of butter, whisking to incorporate.
Return the breasts to the pan to warm in the sauce.