Paleo Chicken Marsala
Marsala wine is walking a fine line by calling it paleo but then I’ve been known to have 18 items in the “15-item only” line so I’ll be a rebel with this one. But by all means, if you find a suitable paleo substitute for marsala wine, knock your socks off. That being said, this recipe is paleo(ish), dairy free and gluten free so that’s pretty good I’d say.
First of all, I want to give mad props to http://www.grandbaby-cakes.com/2015/03/skinny-chicken-marsala/ for providing the basis for this recipe. I changed up a couple of things like using arrowroot starch (paleo and gluten free) and using bone broth instead of chicken stock because I wanted to amp up the nutritional stats.
First, split each chicken breasts in half (you’ll have 4 pieces total) and place them between plastic wrap or in a big plastic bag and hammer away. Pound those babies till they are about a 1/4″ thick. Normally I would use a meat mallet but I don’t have one so I improvised.
Season generously with sea salt and pepper then dredge in the arrowroot starch. You can use regular or gluten free flour if you aren’t concerned with being paleo. Tap off the access and repeat until all 4 pieces are dredged.
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. When good and hot, place chicken in pan. Leave chicken untouched for around 3 – 4 minutes to brown. Once browned, turn over and repeat on the other side. Set aside.
I cooked my chicken 2 pieces at a time so they wouldn’t be too crowded in the pan. If you have a really big pan, you can cook them all at once.
While your chicken is cooking, chop your shallots and slice mushrooms. I used my new portable food processor for the shallots and bought pre-sliced shitake mushrooms so the only thing I really had to chop were the button mushrooms.
Once chicken is done, place on a plate and set aside. Add another 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and another 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Add shallots and garlic to the pan. Saute for a couple of minutes until shallots are soft.
Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 – 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though. Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.
Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.
- ***I ALWAYS RECOMMEND USING ORGANICS WHENEVER POSSIBLE***
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
- 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup shallots, diced
- ½ cup chicken bone broth (can substitute with regular chicken broth)
- ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch, separated
- ⅓ cup marsala wine
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Butterfly each chicken breast in half making a total of 4 pieces.
- Place pieces between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound to about ¼ inch thick.
- Salt/pepper each piece generously.
- Dredge each piece in arrowroot starch and shake off access.
- Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter in a large non-stick pan on medium/high.
- Place chicken in pan and leave untouched for about 3 - 4 minutes until browned. Turn over and repeat on the other side, set aside.
- Heat other ½ tablespoon of olive oil and unsalted butter.
- Saute garlic and shallots until shallots are softened. About 2 minutes.
- Add mushrooms next and sprinkle with a ¼ teaspoon of sea salt. Saute for about 4 - 5 minutes until mushrooms are browning and soft, not mushy though. Add the remaining tablespoon of arrowroot starch and stir for about a minute to thicken up the sauce.
- Add marsala wine and cook off for a minute, scraping the burnt bits from the bottom of the pan if any.
- Add bone broth and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Return chicken to the pan and nestle the breasts in the mushrooms sauce, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes, flip breasts over and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Serve over brown rice, quinoa, farro or zucchini noodles or eat 'as-is'.