Whenever I go to an Italian restaurant, I always tend to lean toward entrees that have marinara sauce as a base. I like alfredo and other rich sauces every once in a while, but I tend to drift away from these meals since I don’t like the weighed down feeling that comes with these orders. Besides, any dinner can taste absolutely delicious when covered in cream and butter. I think the real winning dishes are those that stand out without the heavy sauce overpowering the ingredients.
One dish that always catches my eye, but I rarely order, is Chicken Marsala. I decided to give it a try at home, only a lightened up version. My recipe is not one of a traditional Chicken Marsala, but don’t let that keep you from giving this easy to make, flavor-packed dish a try!
Lightened-Up Chicken Marsala
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin in half OR 6 thin chicken breasts
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup Marsala wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup red wine (I used Pinot Noir)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan, and sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and cook 5 minutes on each side.
Place chicken in an oven-safe bowl and bake in oven 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked through.
Add mushrooms to pan, cooking for 5 minutes.
Add butter to pan, then whisk in Marsala, chicken broth, and red wine in pan.
Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
I then added 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1/4 cup chicken broth, and did my best to mash up the mixture. Since I roasted the veggies instead of boiling them, it didn’t ‘mash’ as well as I would have hoped. However, if you are okay with a rustic mash, this may be the side dish for you.
- Are you a fan of Chicken Marsala?
- What is your favorite dish to order at an Italian Restaurant?
- Do you tend to lean toward tomato-based, cream, or butter sauces when ordering an entree?
- Have you ever tried mashed cauliflower? (If you haven’t, you should! It’s delicious!)