Chicken Marsala

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
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.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

October 2011