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Chicken Marsala

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
If you’re selecting a dish to serve to company,  you can’t miss with this classic Italian chicken dish.  This version is particularly tasty because you coat the thin pieces of chicken in a mixture of flour and ground pecans.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup pecan pieces, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces assorted mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

How to Make It

  1. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add 2/3 cup pecans, and cook, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

  2. Process flour and remaining 1/3 cup pecans in a food processor until finely ground; place flour mixture in a large shallow bowl.

  3. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; lightly dredge in flour mixture.

  4. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter with olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Remove chicken from skillet.

  5. Add mushrooms and shallots to skillet; sauté 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add broth and Marsala to skillet, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Return chicken to skillet, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

  6. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; spoon mushroom-Marsala mixture over chicken, and sprinkle with parsley and toasted pecans.