Chicken Marsala with mushrooms / spinach / spaghetti
What makes this classic dish special is the rich sauce that comes together with sweet, tart Marsala cooking wine after chicken and mushrooms are seared to golden brown. We add wilted spinach for flavor and color and serve it over pasta to create a homey Italian classic.
- Shallots - 1 bulb, sliced
- Mushrooms, any button (sub crimini or porcini) - 6 oz, slice
- Spinach, baby - 4 oz, chopped
- Parsley, fresh - 2 Tbsp, chopped
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved and pounded thin
- Flour, all-purpose - 1/2 cup
- Pasta, spaghetti (sub any pasta) - 8 oz
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Marsala wine (sub any dry white wine or stock) - 1/4 cup
- Stock, chicken or vegetable - 1/2 cup
- Lemons - 1/2, juice of
- Shallots - Slice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Mushrooms / Spinach / Parsley - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Chicken - Halve and thin out with a tenderizer until roughly half as thick. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Chicken - Place flour in a baking dish and dredge chicken in flour until evenly coated on both sides.
- Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add first part of oil. To hot oil, add chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, ~3 minutes on each side (do this in batches and add additional oil if your pan cannot hold all of the chicken). Transfer chicken to a plate and return skillet to the heat.
- Reduce heat to medium and add second part of oil. To the hot oil, add mushrooms and saute, scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan, until mushrooms are golden brown, ~3 minutes. Add shallots and spinach and continue cooking until spinach is wilted and tender, ~4 minutes. When spinach is tender, add wine, and stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce reduces by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Return chicken to the pan and spoon sauce over chicken. Squeeze lemon juice over chicken and top with parsley.
- Serve chicken and sauce over pasta and enjoy!
This meal has 113 reviews
Didn't have shallots so used a little garlic and red onion. Added a little tiny bit of cornstarch to thicken up the sauce at the end. All in all, very delicious meal!
Doubled sauce and added garlic per recommendation then used cornstarch to thicken a bit. Didn't have Marsala so used sherry. Yummy! Second time I cut breasts into tenders. Much easier!
Skipped the wine and I think that's why it didn't turn out great. Fries were soggy - I just don't know how to get sweet potato fries crispy.
Added garlic with the shallots and garlic powder to the sweet potatoes with Italian seasoning
So fast and AMAZING flavor.