Chicken with Marsala, Mushrooms & Gorgonzola

February 9, 2009 | By andrea | Filed in: Chicken, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

I tried this recipe for Chicken with Marsala, Mushrooms & Gorgonzola the other night. It’s from a Fine Cooking article called Chicken in a Flash. I loved the combination of flavors: the earthy mushrooms, dry Marsala and tangy Gorgonzola. Cutting the chicken into smaller pieces made the chicken cook quicker but I’m not sure how much time it saved in the long run since you have to brown several batches of the chicken pieces. Next time I’ll probably try it with whole chicken breasts instead of cutting them into pieces. The recipe doesn’t make a ton of sauce so you might want to double the sauce if you like lots of it. I served the finished dish over penne pasta. Yumm! Note that the recipe calls for dry Marsala not the sweet kind.

Chicken with Marsala, Mushrooms & Gorgonzola
-recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine

Serve with pasta. Serves two to three. 

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
6 oz. cremini or white mushrooms, sliced 1/8 inch thick (about 2-1/4 cups)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry Marsala
1/3 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola (1/3 cup)
1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Trim the chicken, removing the tenders, and slice on an angle into 3/4-inch-thick pieces; season generously with salt and pepper.

In a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan, heat 2 Tbs. of the oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add half of the chicken and cook, flipping once, until lightly browned and just barely cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate; repeat with the remaining chicken. Cover with foil to keep warm.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the mushrooms, season lightly with salt, and sauté, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened and well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds. Pour in the Marsala and scrape the pan with the spoon to loosen any browned bits; simmer until the Marsala is reduced slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer until thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add two-thirds of the Gorgonzola and stir until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste the sauce; add salt and pepper as needed. Add the chicken along with any accumulated juices and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining cheese and the parsley.

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