Chicken with wild mushroom–marsala sauce

4
2
2
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
Prep
5 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Wild mushrooms give this classic chicken dish an elegant appearance which makes it a great option for serving company or for making a special family dinner. Marsala wine lends a tantalizing nutty flavor to the pan sauce which adds to its upscale flair. Pair this hearty chicken with roasted asparagus spears or haricot verts (tiny French green beans). Sautéed spinach with fresh garlic would also make an outstanding accompaniment. Halving the chicken breasts lengthwise helps to speed up the cooking which is another benefit if you’re short on time. If you are unable to find mushrooms already sliced and opt for whole shiitakes, be sure to remove the stems, which are very tough.

Ingredients

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

20 oz, 4 (5-ounce) halved

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Olive oil

2 tsp

Uncooked oyster mushroom(s)

12 oz, 3 (4-ounce) assorted varieties

Table wine

cup(s), dry Marsala variety

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

cup(s)

All-purpose flour

2 tsp

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

Fresh thyme

2 tsp, chopped, or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the same skillet, then add the mushrooms; cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mushrooms are browned, about 4 minutes.
  3. Whisk the Marsala, broth, and flour in a small bowl until blended. Pour into the skillet along with the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the skillet, turn to coat with the sauce, and sprinkle with the thyme. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, turning the chicken occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Yields 1 piece chicken and generous 1⁄3 cup sauce per serving.