Lighter Chicken Marsala is an easy and healthier version of the classic. Thin-cut chicken breasts are seasoned and seared before simmering with shallots and garlic in a mushroom marsala sauce. Serves 4.
Chicken Marsala is one of my favorite meals. Ever.
Unfortunately for me, I’m the only one who like mushrooms in my house. So I have it once a year while Pat is up north hunting and I reheat leftovers all week long. And I’m not mad about it one bit.
Just like my chicken piccata, I’ve lightened this recipe up by eliminating almost all the flour and switching to whipped butter and amp up the flavor with shallots, lots of garlic and fresh herbs. Serve it all over pasta (whatever half a box of pasta I have already open) and green beans.
To Make This Lighter Chicken Marsala You Will Need:
- chicken breasts
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- whipped butter
- extra light olive oil
- button mushrooms
- fresh oregano and thyme
- unbleached all-purpose flour
- marsala wine
- unsalted chicken stock
Start by seasoning both sides of the chicken with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and paprika. Set this off to the side.
Lightly spray a a 10-inch skillet. Add 1 teaspoon extra light olive oil and 1 tablespoon whipped butter and heat over medium-high heat.
Once hot, sear the chicken 4 to 6 minutes a side.
When the chicken is cooked, transfer the chicken to a clean plate.
To the same skillet, add the last teaspoon of oil plus 1 tablespoon whipped butter.
Then add in 8 ounces sliced button mushrooms, 1 minced shallot, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano and 1 teaspoon thyme leaves with a pinch of kosher salt.
Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have browned and are tender.
Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon flour…
And cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often.
Next, pour in 2/3 cup marsala wine.
Along with 2/3 cup unsalted chicken stock.
Stir to combine, taste and season with salt.
Transfer the chicken back to the skillet and spoon the marsala mushroom sauce over top. Heat through until the sauce is bubbling and has thickened.
Swirl in the last tablespoon of whipped butter and top with fresh thyme leaves for garnish.
Serve chicken over pasta, spoon the thick flavorful sauce over top and with your favorite veggie side. And wine.
I swear, you won’t notice it’s lighter because there is SO much flavor going on! Tender, moist and perfect.
Enjoy! And if you give this Lighter Chicken Marsala recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Lighter Chicken Marsala
- olive oil spray
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, extra light
- 3 tablespoons whipped butter, divided
- 2 large chicken breasts, halved horizontally all the way through
- kosher salt, to taste
- black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
- 1-2 dashes paprika
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon oregano, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup marsala wine
- 2/3 cup unsalted chicken stock
- Spray a 10-inch skillet with olive oil and add 1 teaspoon extra light olive oil and 1 tablespoon whipped butter.
- Heat on medium-high. Meanwhile, season both sides of the chicken with kosher salt, black pepper and paprika. Once the pan is hot, place the chicken into the skillet and cook 4 to 6 mintues a side. When golden and fully cooked, transfer to a clean plate and set off to the side.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the remaining teaspoon extra light olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the whipped butter into the skillet.
- Add the sliced mushrooms, garlic, oregano and thyme with pinch of kosher salt. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring ocassionally, until the mushrooms and shallots are tender. Sprinkle with flour and cook 1 minute.
- Pour in the marsala wine and chicken stock, scrape any brown bits up from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan and spoon the sauce over top, simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of whipped butter to the sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with minced parsely or fresh thyme leaves and serve the chicken marsala with pasta and green beans.
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Not real knowledgeable about whipped butter. Why does this make it “lighter” than regular butter?? Thanks!
Great question, Deborah! Air is whipped into butter making it not only more spreadable, but also less dense. Resulting in less fat content and lower in calories per tablespoon compared to regular butter. 🙂
Good Chicken Food. I like to eat it. So delicious. Your recipe is great. I followed your recipe. It works. I had a really good meal. It took me a long time to cook, but the results were great. Thanks for your useful article.
great, thank you,
love all of these flavors and lightened up for a weekday dinner even better, gives me the excuse for weekend splurges, at least a little!