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Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce for Two

November/December 2013

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Paper-thin slices of prosciutto are turned into a salty, crispy “crust” in this quick chicken thigh recipe with mushroom sauce that serves two. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed greens.


Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce for Two Recipe

Makes: 2 servings, 1 thigh & 1/2 cup sauce each

Serving Size: 1 thigh & 1/2 cup sauce

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Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 10 ounces), trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 thin slices prosciutto (about 1 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small shallot, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano, divided
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Marsala (see Tip) or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preparation

  1. Sprinkle chicken thighs with 1/8 teaspoon pepper and wrap each with a slice of prosciutto.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, shallot and 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the shallot is beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until browned in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Add Marsala (or sherry), return heat to medium-high and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk broth, cornstarch and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a measuring cup; add to the pan, stirring. Return to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and glossy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve the chicken with the mushroom sauce, sprinkled with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oregano.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Marsala, a fortified wine from Sicily, is a flavorful addition to many sauces. Don’t use the “cooking Marsala” sold in many supermarkets—it can be surprisingly high in sodium. Instead, purchase Marsala that’s sold with other fortified wines in your wine or liquor store. An opened bottle can be stored in a cool, dry place for months.

Nutrition

Per serving: 312 calories; 15 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 87 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g protein; 0 g fiber; 588 mg sodium; 521 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Zinc (19% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 vegetables, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Main Ingredient
Pork
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Fall
Winter
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
2

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