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Delicious, Heart Healthy Chicken Marsala

Delicious, Heart Healthy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish full of flavor and elegance. You are for sure to wow your dining companions with this recipe. This dish encompasses succulent, juicy chicken simmered in a marsala and mushroom sauce.

There are several variations of this Italian classic, with some not being the healthiest for you. However, the key and star ingredient in all of them is the marsala wine mushroom sauce. Marsala is a popular fortified dessert wine with hints of vanilla, brown sugar, apricot, and tamarind. Some recipe variations make this sauce thick and creamy. However, this version of the marsala wine sauce keeps it pretty simple and waist-friendly.

Believe it or not, the marsala wine not only gives this dish its savory flavor but also provides much of its health properties. The wine and mushrooms provide antioxidants that help to fight off cellular damage. Cellular damage leads to premature aging, disease, and cancer. There’s also research that suggests mushrooms may help prevent or slow down age-related cognitive decline.

This heart healthy chicken marsala is incredibly quick and easy to make, making it the perfect weeknight meal.

Heart Healthy Chicken Marsala

Few ingredients, but plenty of flavor, make this an easy and elegant recipe.

Recipe Source: Stay Young At Heart

Ingredients

⅛ tsp ground black pepper

¼ tsp salt

¼ C flour

1 Tbsp olive oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 oz each)

½ C Marsala wine

Fresh lemon juice, from ½ lemon

½ C chicken stock (skim fat from top)

½ C sliced mushrooms

1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Mix black pepper, salt, and flour. Coat chicken breasts with seasoned flour.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Place chicken breasts in the skillet and brown on both sides. Then remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  3. To the skillet, add wine and stir until the wine is heated. Add lemon juice, chicken stock, and mushrooms. Stir to toss, reduce heat, and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce is partially reduced.
  4. Return the browned chicken breasts to the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  5. Serve sauce over chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Recipe courtesy of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.