Chicken Marsala

ChickenMarsalaHere is a classic recipe that is a favorite around the house. It’s quick and easy to make and we love the Marsala sauce. Marsala is a wine from the island of Sicily in Italy. It’s a fortified wine similar to Port or Sherry. The wine is made, then it’s been oxidized (which gives it that Sherry quality) then fortified with alcohol to preserve it. Originally it was made this way to survive long ocean voyages, but it just made that way because of the legacy. It’s a great cooking wine, but I’m not a huge fan of sitting around sipping the stuff like regular wine. Most of Marsala has an alcohol content of between 15-20% so it has a bit more of a kick. This recipe has cream in it, but you could substitute more chicken stock and maybe thicken with some cornstarch. Served with mustard roasted potatoes and green beans. Could also be served with some type of pasta.

Chicken Marsala
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Serves: 4
 
Chicken Marsala
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 tbs chopped shallots
  • 5 tbs butter
  • 10 oz of mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tsp fresh sage chopped
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • ½ cup of Marsala wine
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Cook shallots in 3 tbs of butter in a skillet until they turn golden brown, about 1 minute
  2. Add mushrooms, sage, salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms start to brown. 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Put flour in a shallow dish
  4. Cut chicken breast lengthwise to make two thinner breasts
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over moderate high heat
  6. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper then dredge in flour.
  7. Saute chicken in batches. Don’t crowd in the skillet. Until golden on each side. About 4 minutes. Put in a warm oven to keep warm.
  8. When done with chicken, wipe out skillet
  9. Add ½ of Marsala to the skillet over high heat. Stir to scrap up brown bits.
  10. Add chicken broth, cream and mushrooms. Simmer until sauce thickens about 8 minutes.
  11. Add lemon juice and 2 tbs of Marala
  12. Put chicken on serving platter and pour sauce over.

 

Mediterranean diet is good for the brain

OliveOilThis just came up today on the news. The Mediterranean Diet is Brain Food. Here we have another study that shows the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet! Most of this has been put out there before that the diet improves brain function because it has been shown before that Olive Oil improves brain function so it goes that if you do the whole Mediterranean diet you will have better brain function, but this scientific study shows that eating more olive oil will improve cognition significantly! Maybe we should be doing shots of olive oil every morning!