One Handed Chicken Marsala


I had all my ingredients ready to go for Chicken Marsala but instead, sliced my middle finger on a bowl that I whacked against the cabinet.

The broken edge of china sliced right thru my poor little finger.

I cried and bled and decided not to have stitches, but to make a tight tourniquet out of paper towels instead.

My husband would prepare the dinner that night.

Or so he tried.

The control freak that I am, could not take watching him measure salt and trim the imaginary fat on the chicken breasts. So I took over, one handed.

Get out of my way! I can do it!
I managed to make the dinner, one handed, presentation a bit sloppy, but it tasted even better for some reason!

My husband did the dishes.

I have always loved this dish. It is simple, yet nice enough to serve company.

Chicken in Marsala Cream Sauce:

4 medium size boneless chicken breasts
1 lb. white mushrooms, sliced thin
1 cup of Marsala wine
2 tablespoons butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup of half & half
flour for dredging
salt & pepper
Fresh parsley for garnish

In a dish, add flour, and season w/ salt & pepper.
Dredge your chicken breasts in the flour on both sides, and shake off excess.

Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large heavy skillet w/ some olive oil.
Add your chicken to the hot pan, and cook without disturbing for about 6-8 minutes.

Flip chicken (make sure it is getting a nice crust) with tongs, and add mushrooms to the same skillet. You may need to add a little more oil at this point.

Try not to give in to the urge to move the mushrooms or the chicken, they need to get nice and brown and form a crust.

Cook another 6 minutes until the chicken is cooked thru. Remove the mushrooms and chicken and transfer to a plate and cover w/ foil to keep warm.

To the skillet drippings, add 1 cup of Marsala wine and bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and scrape up brown bits.

Add the cream or half & half and simmer another 2 minutes.
Season with salt & pepper.

Plate chicken breasts and pour sauce over. This time I sliced the breasts and put on a big platter and poured the Marsala cream sauce over with the mushrooms.

Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy.
You can serve this over egg noodles and it would be delish!


Ciao Chow Linda said…
Oh dear - sorry to hear about that nasty accident with your finger. Poor Henry - at least he tried. But you managed to turn out another fabulous dish with one hand tied behind your back. go Stacey!
kat said…
Oh no your poor finger! You pulled out a pretty dinner anyway
Kim said…
Sorry to hear about your finger! I hope that it heals well so that you can get back to cooking with two hands again. A marsala cream sauce sounds divine!
SarahB said…
Oh no! You know the first thing I was thinking was.."she cut her finger with the knives!" You know, you can Crazy Glue cuts together. They use it in the emergency room...same stuff!
Janine said…
I absolutely love chicken marsala - thanks for sharing - hope you finger heals quickly:)
Sorry to hear about your finger! The chicken marsala looks great despite the challenges of that evening.
lisa is cooking said…
Ouch! Hope your finger is feeling better. Your chicken looks fantastic.
Dana said…
I have made it a full year without cutting one of my fingers (knock on wood.) Sorry to hear about your owie!
Donna-FFW said…
Ouch! That smarts. Dish looks wonderful, are you kidding, presntation is as beautiful as always!
StaceyEsq said…
My husband, looking over my shoulder, asked me to make this for him ASAP. Hopefully, no fingers will be injured during the preparation of this meal. This was my Mom's favorite dish to make for guests -- I'm pretty sure your version is going to blow hers away.
Michele said…
Ouch! It still looks great! I feel your pain, I sliced through my nail and part of my finger on Sunday. Not fun at all.
Bob said…
Sorry about your hand, but that's still pretty funny. Heh.
rcoda said…
Some people just don't belong in a kitchen! :^) Oh, come on... we all live with one of them.

Hope your finger heals quickly. Hi Henry.
Foodiewife said…
Atta girl! You finished the job. I had to laugh at Henry frustrating you. Been there. Done that. We kitchen wizards are perfectionists and control freaks. It's crazy.
As for the recipe, love it! It's fast, it's easy and has many of my favorite ingredients.
Last, but not least, I hope you heal quickly. Ouch! That's the hazards of working with sharp objects.
noble pig said…
Ouch! But yeah you did it. I think it looks great.
The Food Hunter said…
Oh you poor thing. Hope it heals up quick.
I've had many a moment where I've sliced myself and had to cook one-handed. You'd think I would acquire better knife skills with all of the times I cut myself. Maybe blood makes the dish taste better?

Your chicken marsala looks perfect. It really is one of the best simple dishes out there.
Jen_from_NJ said…
Way to go with one hand Stace! Hope you heal quickly. I will have to try your recipe using half & half - your sauce looks the perfect consistency!
ouch I hate when that happens and it happens to me all too often...quick let me knock on wood...the dish looks great though
That stinks about your finer but way to go on still making dinner all on your own. I love it when people post easy dinner ideas, I'm adding this one to my recipe box.
Estrella Damm said…
Sorry about your finger. This meal looks rich and delicious!
Hope your finger is better, cooking can be hazardous to our health! I have 3 separate burn marks on my right arm, and I keep those finger protector bandages in my kitchen drawer at all times! Love your chicken.
Jackie Allen said…
Hello Stacey,
I'm in Japan and stumbled onto your blog while searching the web. Great job putting this together and some great looking recipes too! I'm going to try some right away. Thanks and keep it up!
Jackie Allen
Rebecca said…
Ok- after #1 burning my butter- even though I added the oil, switching to a better pan, then burning the marsala leaving it on entirely too long, throw that away, add another cup to the pot and simmer, it STILL turned out great- both my kids ate it and enjoyed it!! Thanks sta- I can't wait to try it again- but I'll stick to isn't Hen the Marsala nut? always in search of the perfect Marsala?
The JR said…
Ow, poor finger.

I laugh at my hubby. When he's watching me do something and his hands are twitching. He keeps trying to take it away from me and to do it.

Between you and I, I love annoying him that way.
StaceyEsq said…
I made this last night for dinner and my husband and I LOVED it! (I actually used portabello mushrooms, because that's what my husband mistakenly purchased, but it still was wonderful!) My two dogs were grateful for the leftovers! Another wonderful recipe to add to the rotation!!
Lori Lynn said…
I hope by now you are all healed.
Love the photo of the chicken and mushrooms in the pan.