Chicken Marsala: A Delightful Dish with Perfect Wine Pairings

Chicken Marsala

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dish, Chicken Marsala is a fantastic choice. Despite not having made it in years, I decided to surprise my wife with this classic Italian dish. The result? A mouthwatering meal that left us wondering why we don’t make it more often.

The Recipe

Here’s a simple recipe for Chicken Marsala that serves 2:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, split and boneless (4 individual breasts)
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt (for dredge)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (for dredge)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 cups Fresh Mushrooms, sliced (preferably baby Portobello)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Marsala Wine
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (for sauté)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (for sauté)

Instructions:

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and black pepper. Lightly coat the chicken breasts in the mixture, shaking off any excess.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Place the chicken in the oil and cook until the bottom is lightly browned, around 2-3 minutes.
  3. Turn the chicken and add the mushrooms, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté together for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the Marsala wine and allow it to reduce by half, then add the chicken stock.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. About a minute before it’s done cooking, add the unsalted butter and stir it into the sauce for extra flavor.
  7. Plate the chicken, top it with the mushrooms and sauce, and voila! A delicious Chicken Marsala that rivals any Italian restaurant.
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Wine Pairings

When it comes to wine pairings for Chicken Marsala, it’s best not to overpower the dish. A full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay, Viognier, or Chenin Blanc, or a light to medium-bodied red like Gamay, Pinot Noir, Frappato, or Grenache Gris complement the flavors perfectly. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Michel Guignier Morgon Vieilles Vignes, Beaujolais, France: This Morgon from Michel Guignier offers a deep, red fruity nose with beautiful herb tones and a touch of orange peel. On the palate, it is full-bodied and beautifully delineated, with a fine core of fruit and stunning length and grip on the finish. A classic bottle of Morgon that showcases the true potential of Beaujolais.
  • Valle dell’Acate Frappato Vittoria, Sicily, Italy: Valle dell’Acate’s Frappato is a stunning wine with sliced strawberries and sour cherries on the nose and palate. It has a medium body, fresh acidity, and a clean finish. Delicately fruity and utterly delicious, this wine is a true gem.
  • Point North Pinot Noir, Oregon: Point North Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine with notes of dark cherry, tart raspberry, ripe strawberry, and cola. Balanced by moderate acidity, soft tannins, and subtle oak, it offers exceptional value for the price. A wine that showcases the best of Willamette Valley and Umpqua appellations.
  • LOLA Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California: A pale golden-hued wine with notes of Gala apple, pineapple, and candied lemon. The palate reveals a pleasant acidity that travels across the tongue, alongside beautifully balanced tropical fruit and citrus zest flavors. With a touch of oak and a hint of minerality, this Chardonnay offers a delightful balance reminiscent of Bourgogne Blanc.
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Conclusion

Chicken Marsala is a delightful dish that you can easily recreate at home. The recipe is straightforward, and the result is a flavorful and satisfying meal. Pair it with one of the recommended wines, and you’ll have a culinary experience that rivals any Italian restaurant. So why not treat yourself and enjoy the pleasures of cooking and dining in the comfort of your own home?

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