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Thursday, April 3, 2014

A-Z Challenge C is for Chicken Marsala

A-Z Challenge Letter C. C is for Chicken Marsala. I took an amazing cooking class on the five basic sauces where I learned this recipe for chicken Marsala. I was the only kid there. I am so happy they allowed me in. It's hard to find classes where they accept kids because in commercial kitchens there are a lot of liabilities. But I have great knife skills and handle them with care. I am also very serious about my cooking and when I'm in the kitchen, I'm all business. (Unlike the majority of 12 year olds I know, LOL.) This chicken Marsala recipe is awesome. It's always been one of my mom's favorites, so she was thrilled. Especially when I came home and recreated it for our family. They licked the pan clean!!

Yummy Chicken Marsala:
4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1/2 cup of flour
salt and pepper to taste
dried oregano and thyme to taste
4 tbsp oil
4 tbsp butter or margarine
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Marsala wine
4 ounces demi-glaze (to make it quick from scratch pop back in tomorrow for letter D-I will be posting it there)

Slice the chicken breasts in half making 2 thin cutlets and placing them between two sheet of plastic wrap. Pound the chicken cutlets until about 1/4" thickness.

Combine the flour, salt, pepper and oregano in a mixing bowl and dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Cook chicken breasts on medium high heat for about 2-3 minutes on the first side, until lightly browned.  Turn breasts over to cook opposite side for and additional 2 minutes.  Remove the chicken and place on a paper towel covered plate.  Add the mushrooms to skillet. Saute the mushrooms 1-2 minutes, until the mushrooms are lightly browned.  Continue to stir mushrooms.  Deglaze the pan with the Marsala wine and reduce the wine slightly.  Add the demi glaze and place the chicken back in to the pan and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

This recipe will yield four servings. (Which is never enough for my family- we have to double it.)


  1. This sounds great. I do a baked garlic chicken with butter that turns out really nice.

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

  2. I want you to make that chicken again soon. Like tonight. And the next night, and the next. It was SO good. And worth every penny we paid for that class! xoxoxo

  3. I love Chicken Marsala. I know I told you that I am a pescetarian, which means I don't eat meat or fowl, only fish (including shellfish), but there is a chicken meat substitute sold (a soy product I'm sure) that doesn't taste too good, or a lot like chicken, all by itself, but in a good sauce and doctored up enough as in Chicken Marsala it is great.

    I'm going to wait for you demi-glaze recipe tomorrow and then try your version. So far it looks to be much more simple than the one I've been making. This A to Z Challenge of your is working out very nicely for me. Keep up the good work, Faith.

    1. Thank you so much. I hope you like it. My mom LOVES it. Good luck with adopting the recipe!

  4. This looks like a yummy recipe. How cool that you are able to take classes at a young age. A professional chef in the making :)

    1. I hope so, one day! I was very lucky they let me in. My Dad had to come with, but once I was there, it was clear to everyone I can hold my own. It was my intention that once I proved myself they would hopefully invite me back. And they did!! I am so happy- I really, really want to learn. I really want to be a Chef one day.

  5. So you're not sneaking gulps from the Marsala bottle are ya????? Cause I know your Mom and she might not like it (she was hoping to save it for herself... KIDDING!!!! :)

    1. Ironically, this kid IS quite generous with the Marsala... Somehow, we always need more!!! I wonder how that happens, every time.

      Funny story, when Faith was little, I had some girlfriends over and left a pitcher of Sangria on the counter. Someone, "rescued" the fruit out of it and ate it all. I found her sitting on the floor in the kitchen holding her stomach. Slurring her words she's like, "Hey Mom, I think that fruit went bad. It tasted funny!" HA. She's had the nickname of wino ever since.