Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chicken Marsala

Last night I made chicken marsala for dinner. When I make this dish, I loosely follow this recipe from Gourmet June 1995.

Instead of cooking the chicken in a large skillet, I bake it in the oven at 350. I line a cookie sheet with foil, drizzle a bit of olive oil on the foil, season the chicken with pepper (no salt), and bake. Last night it took about 40 minutes for the chicken breasts to cook.

Meanwhile, I cleaned & sliced the mushrooms and sliced some onion. I put a wee bit of olive oil and a bit of unsalted butter in a skillet, let the butter melt, then added the onion and mushrooms. We like a lot of mushrooms. I think I sliced all the whole mushrooms from two 8-oz containers.

While the onions & mushrooms cooked, I washed and cut broccoli & carrots for our veggie. The other part of the meal was dinner rolls from the new Giant Eagle.

After about 15 minutes, I added the marsala to the skillet. In the past, there sometimes wasn't enough sauce for the meal (we usually eat butter pasta with chicken marsala and the mushroom-onion sauce is also spooned over the pasta) so I added an extra 1/4 cup marsala.

SP came home and he made us each a cocktail using the newly purchased limoncello, schnappes, and fresh squeezed orange. So tasty!By then it was time to add the chicken broth to the skillet. I added an extra 1/2 cup. Since the chicken had finished cooking and had been resting, SP sliced it and when the mushroom-onion sauce was ready, we added the chicken to the skillet to warm it up a bit.SP poured the contents of the skillet into a casserole -- this way, after dinner the leftovers can go right into the refrigerator. No need to dirty up an additional serving bowl. The nice thing about this dish is that the sauce will keep the chicken moist, even when we re-heat it.A very tasty meal of chicken-mushroom marsala, rolls, and steamed veggies. We were ready for the Steelers game!

We had our hot tea and more birthday cake while watching the game. I'm glad I forgot to put on my Polamalu jersey because I got orange icing on my shirt. Oops. I did remember to wear my Steelers socks and use my Steelers mug. They haven't lost since I started wearing the socks... (I can hear SP snickering at my silly superstitions)!!! And, yes, I have been washing the socks after each wearing.

During the game, I flipped through the new yogurt cookbook and did some crossword puzzles while SP read the newspaper and some magazines. The Steelers won! We stayed up for the whole game and as soon as it was over, we got ready for bed.

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