Wayback Machine: Light Chicken and Mushroom Marsala
1 of my least preferred words in the English language is “moist.” I do not like the way it slides off the tongue, stabbing it at the finish with a sinister, pointy “t.” The sound squicks me out, like the feel of cheap velvet or foam rubbing against itself. What’s a lot more, “moist” tends to make even the most harmless utterances seem a tiny dirty. Lewd, even. I actively refrain from employing it on a casual basis, especially when describing men and women. Due to the fact, let’s face it: there is nothing creepier than, “Hey Bob, you search moist nowadays.”
This aversion is unfortunate, partly because it is a quite frequent word, but mainly due to the food blogging point. “Moist” depicts almost every variety of well-created meal, and there are number of-to-no substitutes for it. “Wet” connotes a soaking, “soggy” is as well negative, and “humid,” well … let’s not even talk about. It’s got to be “moist.” “Moist” implies a cake is nicely produced. “Moist” means cookies are chewy, but firm. “Moist” signifies you may be consuming Alex’s Slightly Altered Light Chicken and Mushroom Marsala.
I got this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, who got it from the June 1995 problem of Gourmet. And man oh man, is it ever moist. It’s moist-esque. It’s the hostess with the moistest. The chicken is fundamentally braised in broth and marsala wine, which not only imparts a marvelous flavor to the mushrooms, but y’know … the moist issue.
The original recipe named for skin-on chicken breasts and much more butter than I was cozy with. So, to cut the body fat, I:
- Employed boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Only utilised oil to sauté the mushrooms and onions, as an alternative of a butter/oil combination.
- Diminished the olive oil by a third.
It came out beautifully and went really effectively with egg noodles. All told, it really is a classy, earthy meal-for-four below eight bucks. Not as well shabby. And most certainly moist. (*cringe*)
Chicken and Mushroom Marsala
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.
two complete boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 28 oz), halved
two teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
two/3 onion, sliced thin
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced thin
1/3 cup Marsala
two/3 cup chicken broth
1-1/two tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1) Gently pat chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a significant skillet, heat oil more than medium-substantial heat. Add chicken and brown in two separate batches. When completed with each, transfer them to a plate so juices may redistribute all through meat.
two) Add onion and mushrooms to skillet. Cook a handful of minutes, until finally “liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated,” stirring occasionally. Add Marsala. Stir. Cook until Marsala is almost gone. Add broth, chicken, and any chicken juices pooling on plate. Simmer till chicken is totally cooked, about 15 minutes, turning once halfway by means of. (I had really thick cuts, and this still timed out perfectly.) Move chicken back to plate.
three) Retain the sauce simmering until finally it reduces to about 1/3 cup. Kill heat. Salt and pepper the sauce to taste. Add butter. Stir sauce till butter is just melted. Serve chicken with sauce. Garnish with parsley.
Approximate Calories, Body fat and Cost Per Serving
352 calories, 9.75 g body fat, $ 1.63
2 complete boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 28 oz): 875 calories, 9.9 g fat, $ three.48
2 teaspoons olive oil: 79 calories, eight.9 g body fat, $ .06
1-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter: 153 calories, 17.three g body fat, $ .15
2/three onion, sliced thin: 42 calories, .1 g body fat, $ .32
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced thin: 50 calories, .eight g excess fat, $ 1.50
1/3 cup Marsala: 142 calories, g excess fat, $ .61
two/3 cup chicken broth: 64 calories, two g excess fat, $ .16
1-1/two tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves: 2 calories, g body fat, $ .25
TOTAL: 1407 calories, 39 g excess fat, $ 6.53
PER SERVING (TOTAL/4): 352 calories, 9.75 g body fat, $ 1.63