Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chicken Marsala Recipe (in memory of my dad Carmen)


In my dad's memory Carmen Colenzo( my dad's favorite dish ) birthday August 28th 
 Born August 28th,  1912-1995  RIP Daddy
you will always be missed and never forgotten, I love you dad.

Dad always loved to cook, and loved marsala sauce. This was one of his favorites, today is his birthday and even though he has been gone many years now, there isn't a breath I take without being grateful for having him around as long as I did....my fondest memories of cooking are the days we had in the kitchen together, near and dear to my heart forever and always, I will miss you dad... in loving memory happy birthday to you.
4 chicken breasts sliced thin
flour
1 garlic clove minced fine plus 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
plastic bag
 1/2 cup milk
Olive oil for frying
1 pound of your favorite pasta (dad loved vermicelli)

In a large plastic bag, add around 1 cup flour, salt, pepper, garlic. Shake together. In a large bowl add milk, place chicken into the milk. Add the milk coated chicken to the flavored flour. Coat evenly. Fry  floured chicken in olive oil till nicely browned on both sides and cook evenly. Set aside in a baking dish and keep warm in oven on low.

Marsala Sauce

1/3 cup butter
1 slice prosciutto, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 pound of sliced shittake, baby bella or regular mushrooms cleaned boiled for 7 to 8  minutes set aside
1/2 cup dry marsala wine or any brand
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon black pepper optional

Melt butter over low heat in a medium saucepan. Turn heat up to medium high to sauté the prosciutto in the melted butter for about 2 to 3 minutes; be careful not to burn butter, add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add marsala wine, simmer for another 30 seconds or so, then add mushrooms and black pepper. Simmer over medium high heat for 5 minutes.
Dissolve corn starch in chicken stock. Add stock to saucepan and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Add parsley and cream to the sauce and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until thick. Remove from heat, cover until needed. If gets too thick add more wine.
Boil pasta according to package directions in boiling water, toss in 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl with pasta and cover to keep warm.
Arange chicken on platter spoon sauce over each piece.....sprinkle with more parsley, place pasta on the dish add more marsala sauce on top and serve.


41 comments:

Greg said...

Your post today is very familiar. Today would have been my mom's 81st birthday and my dad's favorite meal was chicken marsala. Their anniversary would have been tomorrow. I will have to try your version of Chicken Marsala, I have made my dad's version for years and Paula from bell'alimento taught me her version a few month's ago. Maybe I can become the Chicken Marsala guru.

Chef Chuck said...

It is a great memory, your dad must have been a wonderful man! Such a beautiful thing how our dishes and flavors carry on with such meaning!!
I will carry on our family recipes for my new grandchild, Isaballa.
Life is beautiful :)

Shelby said...

Those closest to us are never far from our hearts even when they have been gone a long time.

Your chicken marsala looks delcious!

Belinda @zomppa said...

A wonderful memory and tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing.

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

Delicious chicken recipe and nice way to honor your father.

All the best,

Gera

alison said...

greats memories and a great meal!the day before yesterday was my mother birthday(27august...:))

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

I would have shared a birthday with your dad. How nice to honor him with such a special recipe. My father is 85 and in failing health. He has been a wonderful father. Thank-you for your nice post.

lequan@luvtoeat said...

What a beautiful post dedicated to your Dad. I'm sure he would be very proud of this recipe as it looks and sounds wonderful and delicious. The heart is never too small to fill with love and precious memories of our loved ones. Although your Dad has been gone for many years now, all those wonderful memories of him will be kept safe in your heart.

MaryMoh said...

A heart-warming post in loving memory of your dad. You dad was such a good cook and a loving dad. That dish looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

jelena said...

Memories are what we have and you should cherish yours like you do!
beautiful creamy finger licking recipe

Stella said...

Hey Claudia, your words are very sweet, and I know your Dad must have been a wonderful person and father to have a daughter with such loving words towards him.
His favorite meal sounds delicious too. I always love marsala sauce too...

Drick said...

beautiful tribute - as they say, a way to a man's heart is through his stomach... Carmen knew a good thing didn't he, this marsala, your mom and the experience of having a loving daughter

City Share said...

I love chicken marsala. That looks delicious. Amazing how food is so closely linked to our memories and memories of people.

Federica said...

It's great memory dear, and it's beautiful you dedicate this post to your dad. He will always be with you, in your heart.
Your chicken looks delicious.
Hope you have a lovely week, bye bye

Kate said...

What a wonderful post, Claudia. I'd say your dad was a very lucky man to have you as a daughter! Friday would've been my step-dad's 90th birthday. We lost him six years ago. He wasn't the most adventurous eater - and would've had a peanut butter and brown sugar sandwich for lunch and pot roast for dinner every night if Mom had been so disposed - but he'd try anything. I'll make this chicken marsala and enjoy a good memory! Kate

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Glad that you have such wonderful memories of you dad. It is such a great thing that food, smells and music bring back memories in a flash. Your dish looks great!!

pegasuslegend said...

@Greg thanks so much Greg know how it feels to want them back again!
@Chef Chuck thanks for caring and congrats to you on your blessing :)
@Shelby very true thanks
@belinda thank you :)
@gera thanks so much
@alison its very hard to lose them then try and not feel the pain on their day
@Jane I pray you have quality time left with him for both of you.
@lequan thankyou for the kind words
@marymoh thanks you have a good weekend too
@jelena thank you so much!
@stella thank you for the kind word!
@drick appreciate your words drick thank you
@cityshare I so agree with you!
@frederica thanks so much!

pegasuslegend said...

@kate sounds like you and your stepdad had a strong bond. So glad you can relate to the heartfelt feelings thank you for your comment
@lisa thank you lisa he was quite a good friend, father and fabulous husband to my mom!

redkathy said...

Love to you and yours Claudia! Great Marsala no wonder it was your dad's favorite!

lucy said...

your dad must be very happy to have a daugter like you.you have make a good post and it's very good to have cook his favour dish.great memories

pegasuslegend said...

@redkathy your so sweet thanks
@lucy well lucy I have to tell you I was born 17 years later after my brother and a little spoiled my dad was my best friend and the only girl...so not a truer bond than what we had he gave me more confidence and support in my life, and I will be forever grateful to have become the person I am because of his teachings. thanks so much

Sugar Free Low Carb said...

That is wonderful that you still share a love of this dish with your dad. It looks so delicious. No wonder it was a favorite of his.

Reeni said...

What a sweet tribute to your Dad! And your chicken looks incredibly delicious - it's one of my Mom's favorites.

Claudia said...

You just did your Dad so proud. Lovely post, lovely acknowledgement. I must try this - if it is "Carmen's favorite marsala" it already has five stars.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Beautiful post. Enhanced by a lovely recipe.

Erin @ ekat's kitchen said...

Wow. This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing a wonderful family recipe.

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Susan and Abraham said...

wow great....great post in your dad's memory...

Angie's Recipes said...

A very sweet memory of your dad. The chicken Marsala looks wonderful too.

Tania said...

Your thought for your dad is very nice Claudia, thans for sharing this memory and his favorite dish!

Vicki Bensinger said...

This recipe looks wonderful. I love chicken marsala and it's my daughter's favorite.

Thank you for sharing this recipe and your memories of your dad. Just yesterday I went to visit my dad in the cemetary with my sisters and mom. He passed away 21
years ago, just one month before the birth of my daughter.

It's wonderful to have fond memories, they last a lifetime!

I look forward to trying your version of Chicken Marsala.

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Mmmmm.... looks so good! I love chicken marsala. I've lost both of my parents too so I know what those birthdays are like. My mama's would be tomorrow and she would've been 74. HUGS to you today.

Stopping by from CES.

Foodessa said...

Claudia...I believe, your Dad must have been smiling upon you when you wrote about his favourite dish...which just happens to be one of mine too ;o)
Nice of you to share such a warm memory along with such a succulent dish.

Ciao for now,
Claudia

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful tribute to your dad and your Marsala sauce sounds so so good!

baby cribs said...

This Chicken Marsala is one of the most delicious recipes of a chicken I have ever taste. It has something that I can't explain. All I know that I had a great time eating that dish.

pegasuslegend said...

@sugarfree low carb
@reeni
@claudia
@lazaro
@tania
@angie
@susan
@foodessa
@erin
@vickie
@mary
@5star foodie
thank you all so much for your kindness and comments about this dish

@babycribs
so glad you tried it and liked this dish, I love to hear that, it means alot that you tried it and enjoyed it, thank you so much

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Wonderful post Claudia, your dad would be proud. This is a great dedication to a wonderful father!

Bon appetit!
=:~)

Evan @swEEts said...

Umm I just discovered your blog and its like Italian food heaven!! I can't wait to spend an hour or so going through everything! This dish looks fabulous!!

Haddock said...

Must try this out.
That is a great picture of your Dad in Black & White.

lostpastremembered said...

What a great recipe... my dad was born on the 31st and he would have loved this dish being a little Italian himself. I can't wait to try it since I love chicken marsala. Happy birthday to our departed dads!!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

What a wonderful tribute to your dad! Love the dish - the sauce looks absolutely incredible!

Debi (Table Talk) said...

What a lovely tribute to your dad. Glad you have wonderful memories to remember him with.
Chicken Marsala is a comforting dish, and always a favorite around our house too.