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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Chicken Marsala - A Random Recipe

The Random Recipe challenge at Belleau Kitchen had a helping hand from Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog this month. Dom asked her to count her cookbooks and then randomly select a number... she chose to ignore this and went for her lucky number 17...  so that is what we all have to do this month. Simply count our cookbooks from left to right and stop at number 17... and then select a recipe randomly from this book.

 Book no. 17 on my shelf is this Betty Crocker Cookbook which I brought back from the US. I opened the book with some trepidation hoping that I wouldn't get a recipe with difficult to source ingredients, but fortunately it opened in the chicken section and this recipe for Chicken Marsala.

Chicken Marsala (serves 4)
from Betty Crocker Cookbook (Tenth Edition)

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup dry Marsala wine or chicken stock

1.  Between sheets of clingfilm, flatten each chicken breast to 1/4 inch thickness.  In a shallow dish, mix the flour, salt and pepper.  Coat chicken with flour mixture, shake off excess flour.
2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Cook garlic, mushrooms and parsley in oil for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
3. Add chicken to pan.  Cook about 8 minutes, turning once, until brown.  Add wine.  Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the centre.

The recipe suggests serving this with pasta, but I served it with mashed potatoes and cabbage and it was very good.  I did use rather more mushrooms than in the recipe and didn't have any Marsala so used white wine instead.  I felt it needed a bit more seasoning but my husband thought it was fine just as it was.  The bonus is that this is a low fat recipe!

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At 20 March 2012 at 21:10 , Blogger Unknown said...

This is like the perfect dish for me. I adore a wine soaked chicken with mushrooms! I'm very impressed that you struck gold with Betty Crocker. Gawd bless her! And thank you for your continuing support and participation!! Xx

At 21 March 2012 at 16:48 , Anonymous Corina said...

I always hope to pick a nice easy recipe for this challenge too! and I'm almost always happy if it's a chicken one

At 21 March 2012 at 22:02 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Oh I love Marsala. I don't drink an awful lot but I do always have a bottle of Marsala for cooking. I think chicken and mushroom goes so well together too.
Yours looks like a really comforting and tasty plate of food.

At 27 March 2012 at 08:49 , Blogger Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Delicious! Love the mushrooms added in the recipe. I've got to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! have a lovely day

At 4 April 2012 at 01:43 , Blogger Javelin Warrior said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and checking out my selected Random Recipe - I really appreciate it. It was my first RR and it was great fun.

The chicken marsala looks perfect for a fast and easy dinner - I'm always looking for new ideas to perk up chicken this sounds delicious...

At 10 April 2012 at 12:50 , Anonymous chiken recipes said...

I love chicken marsala- never make it at home and I don’t know why! Need to get my hands on some marsala wine first.
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