Monday, August 15, 2011

Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta & a Giveaway

Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta

I love Chicken Marsala.

There is just something about the taste of that Marsala wine and the tenderness of the mushrooms that makes my mouth tingle.

When I came across this recipe I beamed.

Chicken Marsala mixed with pasta? Be still my heart.

Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta 1

I found this recipe on What's Cookin Chicago. Joelen has lots of great recipes, but this one grabbed me and made me make it. Recipes do that you know?

I served this to friends last week and they LOVED it. It's a keeper!

I did change things up a bit, like I always do. Not too terribly much though.

Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta
adapted from a recipe at What’s Cookin Chicago
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces or strips
1- 10oz package of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup Marsala wine
½ cup chicken broth
¼ cup half & half (or heavy cream)
1 pound pasta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan + more for serving
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh basil, finely chopped

Season the chicken with salt & pepper. Cook the chicken in a large skillet with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Transfer to plate when done.

Boil the water and cook pasta until al dente.

While the water is boiling add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan then add the garlic, mushrooms and onions. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes. Put the cooked chicken back into the skillet. Add the Marsala, chicken broth and half & half. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Cook until sauce has thickened. About 3 – 5 minutes.

Drain the pasta and reserve ½ cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the same skillet and add in ½ cup of Parmesan & the chopped basil. Cook until the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce (about 1 minute). Add in reserved cooking water if needed.

Season with salt, pepper and garnish with a sprinkling more of cheese.

THE GIVEAWAYS!
Last post I promised a giveaway of Trader Joe's Sugar Chocolate & Coffee Bean Grinder didn't I?

I know not everyone lives near a TJ's. We've only had ours about a year and I love it. So many different and interesting items there, two of my faves being the Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce and the Fig Butter. LOVE! But today we are talkin' about sugar that you grind, just like a salt grinder except delicious flakes of sugar goodness crackle down on your goodies.

I sprinkled some on my Stuffed Strawberries, but I can imagine this on cakes, cupcakes, in your coffee, on your toast...endless possibilities that I want you to experience...so I'm giving away THREE grinders to three lucky people.

Choc sugars

To win leave a comment......WHAT WOULD YOU SPRINKLE THIS CHOCOLATE SUGAR ON?

I'll pick three winner on August 19th.

If you don't have a blog.....LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS so I can get in touch with you please.

If you blog or Facebook this giveaway let me know and I'll throw an extra chance in for ya.

GOOD LUCK!!
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