There was a time in my life when I like so many others out there would drive down to one of my local "Italian" restaurants when I was in the mood for one of my favorite dishes, Chicken Marsala. Now I've had this dish hundreds of times but I've only had it done well maybe a handful of times so you can imagine my frustration. Well all this frustration became more than I could take and being the resourceful I guy I am I decided to break the cycle of disappointing Marsala experiences and create a version of my own, one that would live up to my lofty expectations.
Now there are a lot of things I love about this recipe. Right up front its easy, pretty quick to prepare and actually quite cheap to make but it delivers a big plate full of hearty flavors that can only be matched by something like homemade beef stew. I think if you make this dish this weekend you'll find that it becomes one of your favorites and may even get a slot on the weekly rotation.
Grilled Chicken Marsala
Charcoal or Gas Grill 10” Skillet Tongs Wisk Chef’s knife
2 lbs Skinless Chicken Breast 1 lbs Brown Mushrooms 1/2 Yellow Onion 2 Cloves Garlic 1 Tbs Butter 3 Tbs Olive Oil 1 oz Fresh Rosemary 2 Tbs Kosher Salt 2 Tbs Ground Black Pepper 1 Cup Marsala Wine 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth 2 Tsp Potato Starch 2 Tbs Fresh Parsley 2 Tbs Grated Parmesan
Sauce Place skillet with the butter and 1 Tbs olive oil over medium high heat Slice onions and mince garlic and add to skillet once hot While the onions and garlic are browning slice mushrooms Add 1 Tbs salt and the mushrooms to the skillet and toss to combine Brown mushrooms over medium high heat stirring occasionally Once the mushrooms are thoroughly browned (10 to 12 minutes) deglaze the skillet by adding the marsala wine Add the chicken stock and allow to simmer for 10 minutes Add the potato starch and stir in, sauce will thicken slightly Reduce the heat to low Chicken Trim the chicken breast of all fat Thoroughly coat the chicken breast in 2 oz olive oil, 2 Tbs kosher salt, 2 Tbs black pepper and 1 oz fresh rosemary Grill the chicken for 3 minutes on each side or until done Remove from the grill and allow to rest on a platter under foil for 5 minutes Spoon finished sauce over the chicken breast garnish with chopped parsley and grated parmesan
You'll want to serve this one family style from a great big platter in the middle of the table with the sides in smaller platters or bowls. This dish looks really impressive all laid out and your dinner partners will think you are a genius when they tuck into it. As for beverage pairing you can really go two ways with this one. If you want to accentuate the meatiness of the mushrooms and the sweetness of the wine go with a great fall beer like a mai-bock or even a doppelbock. If you want to show off the wine and its more delicate side pair it with an oak aged beer with a little acidity like Dogfish Head Burton Baton.
I hope you all enjoy it.
Grilled Chicken Marsala by Brewforia Beer Market is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Based on a work at brewforia.com.