Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Chicken Marsala for Two

I had been craving this for a few weeks now and I just discovered that Trader Joes has a decent Marsala for cooking for almost $4.00 a bottle. It's quite a deal. I'm thinking of trying to make some Zabiglione later this week. The fresh sage came from our garden. The herbes de Provence may be a little unorthodox, but I can't get enough of the stuff.

2 large boneless and skinless free range chicken breasts
Salt & Freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp herbes de Provence
2 tbsp unbleached flour
4 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 tsp butter
1/2 lb. crimini mushrooms, sliced
2/3 c. Dry Marsala wine
2/3 c. Chicken broth
Salt to taste

Salt and pepper, then coat the chicken breasts with the herbes de Provence and flour. Reserve the loose flour and herbs for the sauce. In a skillet heat the grapeseed oil to medium high heat. Fry the breasts in the oil. Fry until cooked all the way through. Trick to cooking the chicken without allowing it to get tough is using the grapeseed oil with its high smokepoint. Most cooking oils, including vegetable oils and olive oil have lower smokepoints and can start smoking a catch aflame when you raise the temperature. Frying the meat on a higher heat allows you to cook the chicken quickly, seal in the flavor and renders it more tender. The chicken should have a golden brown coating. Place the chicken in a dish and cover with foil and set aside. In the remaining grease in the pan with the heat on medium, add the butter and sage. Allow the butter to melt. Add the mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are somewhat tender. Then add remaining flour and herbs and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Add the chicken broth and wine stir then and raise the heat. Cook the mushrooms and wine for a few more minutes until sauce is somewhat reduced. Place the chicken breasts on a bed of rice or egg noodles. Pour the mushroom sauce over the breasts and serve with steamed vegetables.

Ooops... I must be tired I just caught the breast comment above. I'm tired... it's nearly my bedtime.


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