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Marsala Chicken with Sage and Cremini Mushrooms

Our lightened-up version of a chicken standby has all the intensity of the original. To preserve mushrooms' earthiness, wipe them clean with a damp paper towel instead of rinsing. To showcase their shape, slice through the stem.

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  • Servings: 4
Marsala Chicken with Sage and Cremini Mushrooms

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Place flour in a shallow bowl; season generously with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of chicken in flour, shaking off excess.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add chicken, and cook until golden on the outside and opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm (reserve skillet).

  3. Add mushrooms, shallot, sage, and 1/4 cup water to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing frequently, until mushrooms are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add wine and cream; simmer over medium-high until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Top chicken with mushroom sauce, and garnish with sage.

Reviews (25)

  • JACKIE2830 27 Mar, 2014

    Fabulous/easy! The ONLY change I made with ingredients was the sage - hate sage. Instead used a tsp of my favorite Herbes de Provence. Also, to Judy01, try and find an herb you like and/or cut the amount down to your liking. We're not big spice/herb fans either. Also, I put my oven proof platter in the oven on 200 & placed the chicken pieces on it as I finished sauteing them. When done with sauce, pulled platter out of oven & poured sauce over top. Done perfectly! Had roasted asparagus with.

  • Judy01 19 Mar, 2014

    This isn't actually a review. Iewant to know is the chicken breast actually done or can I leave it in the sauce to heat and cook s little time longer.
    I hate herbs. How will it turn out without sage or anything else.

  • rwa115 19 Mar, 2014

    Love chicken marsala and would love to try this recipe. I don't eat dairy, is there a non-dairy substitute you can suggest for the heavy cream? thank you!

  • y_eliz 5 Mar, 2013

    This was so delicious! My BF and I loved the way it came out. I used boneless thighs and I didn't have sage so I used fresh thyme. I'm so glad I made enough for having left overs because we're already looking forward to dinner!

  • teachermum 25 Oct, 2011

    So good and so easy! I didn't have sage and since my husband doesn't care for sage I did leave it out and it was perfect. I served it with roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. My whole family agreed it should go into the regular rotation.

  • JenniferMacPhail 22 Dec, 2010

    Tried this last night and it was amazing! My husband made it and we used the cooking wine marsala with no changes to the recipe and it was one of the best things we've had in a long time!

  • CinciBetsy 19 Oct, 2010

    I haven't tried dry marsala, but I'd say stick to sweet You can definitely taste the sweetness of the sweet marsala and it really balances out the earthy mushroom flavor.

  • rikaalbers 14 Oct, 2010

    This recipe WAS amazing my entire family loved it and I have a 2 year old. I used Marsala wine from my grocery $5.99. Very DELICIOUS like my 2 year says.

  • stephaniely61 8 Oct, 2010

    Would dry marsala work instead of sweet?

  • VictoriaDawn 6 Oct, 2010

    @Tatana - @abiebaby47- You can make this without cream. Cream thickens into a creamy sauce as it cooks, half-n-half does not give the same texture or thickness, but here's one option that tastes fantastic.

    When the mushrooms are softened, before adding the Marsala, whisk about 3 Tb of flour into the skillet. Cook approximately 2 minutes, then whisk in the Marsala. After the Marsala is incorporated, whisk in 1/2 c chicken stock, simmer until it begins to thicken, whisking occassionally.

  • VictoriaDawn 6 Oct, 2010

    @Tatana - @abiebaby47- You can make this without cream. Cream thickens into a creamy sauce as it cooks, half-n-half does not give the same texture or thickness, but here's one option that tastes fantastic.

    When the mushrooms are softened, before adding the Marsala, whisk about 3 Tb of flour into the skillet. Cook approximately 2 minutes, then whisk in the Marsala. After the Marsala is incorporated, whisk in 1/2 c chicken stock, simmer until it begins to thicken, whisking occassionally.

  • BethLenahan 5 Oct, 2010

    Delicious meal that is in my family dinner rotation. I use thin chicken breasts so the chicken doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Definitely use fresh sage and marsala as they arekey ingredients to get the great flavors that this dish creates. Otherwise, it would be a pretty boring dish. I have substituted mushrooms if cremini weren't available and it was still great.

  • Samantha500 2 Oct, 2010

    abiebaby47, 1. Go to this link for substitution advice, www.ochef.com/420.htm. 2. You can use sherry but it will not be at all the same. Marsala has a very unique flavor. 3. My family prefers dark meat's richness. 4. Half and half works great and less fattening.

  • abiebaby47 1 Oct, 2010

    Sounds great! Can anyone please tell me:
    1. How much dried sage leaves (or dried powdered sage) to substitute if I do not have fresh sage?
    2. Would sherry work as substitute for Marsala?
    3. Has anyone tried this with dark meat chicken? - e.g., boneless skinless chicken thighs
    4. Anyone besides ehguy11 try half and half, how well did it work?
    Thanks!

  • Gretchen5689 30 Sep, 2010

    Tatana, how about an unflavored, non-dairy coffee creamer in place of the cream?

  • Tatana 30 Sep, 2010

    How can I substitute the cream? My hubby is lactose intolerance...and the recipe looks delicious!!!

  • Yochanah 21 Jan, 2009

    Add garlic 3-4 cloves Add back to sauce

  • ri_girl78 16 Oct, 2008

    I love this recipe, as well. The only thing I do differently is I add the chicken back into the pan of sauce and let it simmer for a few. That way the chicken gets coated and every bite is delicious!

  • sheilaparnell 19 May, 2008

    My whole family went crazy for this! They want to know when we can have this again! Thanks Martha as always.

  • NatalieB 8 Feb, 2008

    My family enjoyed this recipe. I used tenders instead of breasts, added a couple cloves of minced garlic with the shallots, and increased the sage. It turned out wonderful! Took 30-40 min (with interruptions) tops.

  • ehguy11 3 Feb, 2008

    First, I love MS Everyday Food. It's a great magazine! I've made this recipe a few timea and tend to tweak it a bit because of what I have on hand. This time I used Chicken Tenders, Baby Bella mushrooms, and Half

  • number1jess 4 Dec, 2007

    I did this recipe a little different. Instead of coating the chicken with flour and frying it in oil, I baked it in the oven with a little bit of that marsala wine, sage, and olive oil. Because I didn't have oil in a pan to make the sauce, I just heated some olive oil, added 2 tablespoons of flour, and then made the sauce as mentioned above. It was so tasty! Roasted sweet potatoes nice addition!

  • tashy1019 26 Nov, 2007

    i loved this recipe; cooking time probably depends on the thickness of the piece

  • krisx2 9 Nov, 2007

    The sauce turned out very well but the chicken a little overdone ... 8-10 mins per side was too much. I should have checked it more often. Otherwise a great meal, and the whole family liked this.

  • lioba1952 7 Nov, 2007

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