Chicken Marsala

20150615_165337 (1600x1060)Mmm… this is so easy to make!  The link is to Emeril’s recipe but there isn’t much variation in the recipes that I’ve found on line.  The easy to yummy ratio is right up there with peanut butter jelly sammiches.  The green beans were steamed and then sauteed in garlic butter and a splash of balsamic vinegar and were very good that way.  I’m no cooking purist, the Zatarain box mix rice was on point for this.20150615_165351 (1600x1060)

Mashed Potato Pr0n – Chicken Marsala

DSC_9929 (1600x1060)I usually make a batch of wild rice mix from a box but was persuaded to make mashed potatoes for this dish after seeing it done that way over at r/tonightsdinner.  These potatoes have a lot of sour cream and a couple garlic cloves and are pretty good all by themselves but the Marsala gravy is really killer on them.DSC_9931 (1600x1060)Tyler Florence has a recipe that calls for prosciutto so I gave it a shot.  It’s good but I’m not seeing much benefit from it being in there.  I may have not done it right.  Anyway, if you don’t have it you can leave it out and you will still have a very good result.

Friday Recipe Exchange: Braised Italian Chicken

Braised Chicken

I’m travelling this weekend, but didn’t want to leave you without a recipe exchange two weeks in a row. This is a repeat from several years ago (have we really been doing it that long?). My life is pulling me in twelve different directions right now and only a few do I have control over. That probably means between now and the big holidays, we’ll have more repeats. Once I move into my new house, I’ll be back into the cooking groove…and in a better kitchen that doesn’t make feel all stabby and want to throw things.

I have a couple of recipes that I made recently that I’ll try and put together for next week. But no promises, if next week unfolds anything like this week.

No Bixby update this week, but a few pictures of how much he’s grown, here. There is no hiding his Great Dane lineage now. BTW, in case you didn’t know it, Mrs. J works at the local shelter and JeffreyW always has lots of photos of the residents. This is a particularly cute bunch.

On to the recipes:

Chicken is our default theme tonight.

First up, Quick and Easy Barbecue Chicken, recipe here.

Grilled Lime Chicken, and additional marinade ideas, here.

JefferyW is fond of Chicken Marsala, photos and recipe here.

I’ll be out trick or treating with eight year olds tonight. What are you scaring up for the weekend? Cooking up anything good in your cauldron?

Tonight’s featured recipe:

Braised Italian Chicken

  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin on
  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Dried: basil, oregano, rosemary, cayenne pepper, pepper, salt, thyme


  • 6-8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini cubed
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4-6 button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic or equivalent
  • 1/2 cup good red wine
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 14 oz can of diced tomatoes or equivalent (I use unsalted)
  • 2-15oz cans of tomato sauce (again, I use unsalted)
  • 2 tsp dried basil (or fresh equivalent)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
  • Pinch of rosemary
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 10-16 oz of favorite pasta (I like angel hair with this dish)

Bowl, Saucepan, Skillet, Baking dish or Dutch oven

In a bowl, mix together about 2 cups of flour and a good amount of the spices. Wash and dry thighs. Dredge in flour and fry in large skillet in about 1/2 cup of olive oil (I start with skin side down and do not touch it until it moves easily when I nudge it with a fork, then I flip it). When browned on both sides, remove to a plate with paper towels to drain a bit. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and add diced vegetables, cook until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute, then add wine, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to mix well. Let simmer, covered, on the stovetop while chicken browns.

In baking dish, add enough sauce to come 1/2 way up the side of the baking dish. Nestle chicken in the baking dish, skin side up. Now here is the important part, ladle additional sauce AROUND the chicken as needed, but DO NOT cover the top. Leave enough room for the browned top of the chicken to remain above the sauce. This lets it braise and the skin still stay crispy. Bake, UNCOVERED, for 1 hour and 30 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, check to make sure the sauce is barely bubbling, if it is boiling, reduce heat to 300 degrees. Chicken is done when it gives easily, but not falling off the bone.

Leave remaining sauce on the stove to simmer on low while the chicken cooks, you’ll probably want extra for the pasta. Prepare pasta just before chicken is done.  Serve with salad or green beans and a nice deep red wine.

Prep time is a lot on this meal, so I suggest it for weekends or special guests. I also doubled the sauce and froze 1/2 for another meal.

Tonight we also get a glossary:  What is braisingWhat is deglazing?

That’s if for this week. Have a safe Halloween. Boo! – TaMara


Chicken Marsala

DSC_7772 (1600x1060)This always looks like a dish that took a lot of bother to make but it isn’t like that at all.  Pound some breast meat flat and dredge it through seasoned flour and brown it in butter and olive oil.  Take it out long enough to saute mushrooms in the same pan, then deglaze with the wine.  Put the chicken back and cover, simmer until the chicken is done.  It may take a half hour start to finish.  Today the veggies are from one of those steam in the bag items you find these days in the frozen food section.  Good for a quick and easy veggie fix, not as good as from fresh.

Chicken Marsala

I’ve done this one before and I bet I’ll be doing it again because it is some good eats.  I won’t offer much comment this time, the pics will be self explanatory.  I had carrots and broccoli for sides the last time, just a bit lighter for this one.  The tomato-mozz-basil seemed like a no brainer when I got to thinking about what to fix for a side.  Next time I may do garlic mashed potatoes with the chicken.  I make some killer garlic mashed potatoes.


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Chicken Marsala

Looks like leftovers again today, so I’ll go to my archives for a recipe.Pound flat some split chicken breasts, dredge them in seasoned flour, and brown them on both sides in butter and olive oil. heat up a pan and add some butter and olive oil When they are browned nicely remove them from the pan.  Add some sliced buttons, adding more butter and oil as they will soak it up.toss in some sliced button mushroomsWhen the buttons are looking good add the marsala wine, about two cups or so.  now for the good partStir the wine as it reduces by half, then add two cups of chicken stock.  I also used some dried parsley, a few tablespoons worth.  (If you have some good fresh parsley use it, but wait until later to add that, stir it in just before serving.)  after the wine reduces by half, pour in 2 cups of stockPut the browned chicken back in, cover, and simmer for twenty or thirty minutes.  return the chicken to the panNow uncover the pan and turn the heat up to reduce the sauce to the proper consistency, and finally, add a pat of butter to finish uncover and turn the heat up to medium, reduce the sauce until it suits you.  Add a pat of butter to finish the sauce.I served the chicken with a wild rice mix, along with steamed broccoli and carrots.  The bread rolls are great for soaking up the gravy when you go for that last drop.  Trust me, you’ll want to!chicken marsala-serving suggestion

Ps: click the pics!  They smell better that way!  LOL