Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the kitchen is so delightful…

I just love it when I haven’t been to the store in days, I find a recipe that looks pretty good, and I actually have the ingredients in the house to make it!

Case in point – last night’s Roasted Mushroom Chicken Marsala!

We haven’t been to the store because we’ve had some fun snow and ice – with more freezing rain about to start any minute. With highs only hitting the teens, the roads have become packed ice and snow. Our latest round of Cold Rain and Snow [cue the Grateful Dead] is only supposed to last until about 5am, tomorrow – an inch of snow and a half-inch of ice down at our level… More than a couple of streets are closed because of fallen trees or stuck vehicles and with plenty of supplies, there’s just no reason to venture out. Besides, kids are sliding down our hill using a kiddie pool as a sled – who wants to interrupt their fun?!?

The chicken dish was compliments of a recipe I found on Food and Wine. It’s one of the few food magazines I still subscribe to. Why I subscribe to any at this point is a mystery – I have literally thousands of recipes filed that I haven’t made yet. I don’t really need any more…

Be that as it may… this came out pretty good.

Roasted Mushroom Chicken Marsala

adapted from Food and Wine magazine

  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup shallots cut into thin rings
  • 2 chicken breasts sliced in half and pounded into cutlets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup Dry Marsala
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • S&P to taste

Heat oven to 425°F.

Toss the mushrooms, garlic and shallots in a 9×13 pan with 1/4 cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss again. Roast on the middle rack of the oven, tossing the mushrooms once or twice, until the mushrooms are softened with crisp, golden edges – 20 to 30 minutes.

Season the cutlets with salt and pepper. Place the flour on a plate and then dredge the seasoned cutlets to coat them all over.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Once hot, sear the chicken in batches, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Transfer the seared cutlets to a plate and set aside.

Add the marsala wine, chicken stock and soy sauce to the pan, with the heat on medium-high, and reduce by half.

Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

Once melted, place the chicken cutlets and roasted mushrooms back into the pan.

Heat for a couple of minutes to warm the chicken, then turn off the heat and serve.


Parsley Buttered Noodles and Green Beans finished off the plate. And dinner only took three pots and a roasting pan!

It was worth it.

And the leftovers became sandwiches for lunch, today.