Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chicken marsala...

Whenever we visit Olive garden, the Italian restaurant, the man always orders Marsala for himself. So I was thinking to try my hand on that. I searched for the recipe of chicken marsala in the Internet, and to my surprise it is a very quick and easy dish one can make. Marsala is a simple Italian dish where sauteed chicken cutlets are served with mushroom and Marsala wine reduction sauce. In the restaurant they served it along with some potato wedges, I went for the potato wedges as well as some freshly made angel hair pasta. It was our last night dinner and we enjoyed it so much.

This button mushroom image is going to be my entry for "Color Me Photography Challenge Series". The month of June is for 'Color Me White Month'. I'm really excited to join this event. This wonderful event is hosted by Priya Elias of The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen.

Now back to the Chicken Marsala recipe.

Things needed to make Chicken Marsala:

(Recipe adapted from

For the chicken cutlet:

  • Chicken breast: 1
  • All purpose flour: 1/4 cup
  • Dried parsley: 1 tsp
  • Salt
  • Black pepper powder
  • Butter: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp

For the Marsala sauce:

  • Button Mushrooms: 100gm
  • Shallots/red onion (very finely chopped): 1/4 cup
  • Butter: 2 tbsp
  • Marsala wine: 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Chicken broth: 1 cup
  • Heavy cream: 2-3 tbsp
  • Dried parsley: 1 tsp

For pasta and potato wedges:

  • Angel hair pasta
  • EVOO: 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder
  • Green pea (blanched): 1/4 cup (optional)
  • Fresh parsley chopped to garnish
  • Potato cut into cubes with skin
  • Oil to fry potato

Steps of making Chicken Marsala:

1. Wash and pat dry the chicken breast. Cut the chicken breast into two equal halves. From a single breast piece you can make 2 servings.

2. Cover the chicken breast pieces with cling film and gently pound with the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin.

3. Season the chicken pieces with salt, black pepper and dried parsley, on both sides.

4. Take all purpose flour on a flat tray or plate, dredge the chicken pieces with the flour.

5. In a flat pan heat butter and olive oil, shallow fry the chicken pieces to red-brown color. Drain excess oil and keep it on paper towel lined plate.

6. Keep the cooked chicken on a hot oven to keep it warm.

7. On the same pan add more butter and oil, add chopped onion. Cook till the onion turn red-brown in color. Add sliced mushrooms. Cook for 4-5 min. Add chicken broth and cook over high heat for 3-4 min. Add wine and heavy cream and cook till the sauce reduces to thick. Switch off heat, add extra 1 tbsp Marsala wine to the sauce and mix well.

8. While the sauce is getting ready, cook pasta according to the directions on packet. But never wash the cooked pasta. Toss the pasta with EVOO, salt and black pepper powder. Add blanched green pea, if using.

9. Fry the cubed potato till evenly browned. Keep the skin of the potato.

10. Place the pasta and the chicken cutlet on the serving plate. Pour the Marsala sauce over the chicken cutlet. Put some potato wedges, garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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  1. Chicken marsala is my favorite dish too.I go to Olive Garden thinking this time I am going to try something new but always end up with this.
    Your style of preparation looks really yummy.

  2. What beautiful plates you have Chitrangada :) Your Chicken Marsala looks delish - time to try my hand at it :D

    And thank you so much for sending the click to Colour Me.

    1. Priya,
      You are most welcome. And thanks for stopping by.

  3. This is so easy to make and yet, promising so much taste. Will try this some time, may be with sherry.

  4. I had never heard of it, thought you were talking about Chicken masala!!lol. The dish looks super yummy and super inviting.

    1. Amrita,'s an Italian dish. But give me option I will also choose masala over Marsala ;)

  5. i love this like you cse am a fan of olive to try this sometime

  6. A yummy & beautiful preparation.. Looks nice :)

  7. Tempting pictures I must say. =) I understand why your husband always end up ordering this dish it's simple but so very flavorful. Thanks fro sharing!