Monday, December 12, 2016

From Italy with Love ~ Chicken Marsala!

For traditional' Chicken Marsala you have to use chicken cutlets (breast), mushrooms, and 'Marsala' wine  ~ Marsala can be classified as being both white and red.

The chicken cutlets are coated in flour, and then briefly sautéed ~ browned on both sides in a combination of butter and olive oil. Then, you remove the cooked chicken from the pan, and use the juices remaining (adding a bit of chicken stock) in the pan to make a Marsala reduction sauce. The sauce is made by reducing the wine to nearly the consistency of a syrup while adding chopped onions, champion mushrooms and fresh herbs. 

As for the base, I think that a linguine pasta is the perfect choice. It should be cooked off to the side in a rolling boil of salted water. When the pasta is tender you are ready to serve. If you want to slightly warm the chicken a bit before serving, then lay the cutlets back in the skillet with the sauce for a couple of minutes. Remove the cutlets and pour the sauce over the pasta and the chicken ... serve immediately.

~ Tutti a Tavola! 

*This dish can be made the alternative brainy way too by using inexpensive semi sweet white wine; and, if you prefer not to use wine as children might sit to the table, then just don't use wine. To achieve a similar taste without using wine just add a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice and 1/4 tsp of honey or organic cane sugar.

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