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Red Chicken Marsala


  • A small handful dried porcini mushrooms or mixed dried mushrooms

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3/4 pound sliced crimini or mixed mushrooms

  • 2 large shallots, chopped

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated, each finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 1/2 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine

  • Crusty bread, for serving


In a small saucepan, cook the dried mushrooms in the stock at a low, rolling boil until the mushrooms soften and the liquid reduces slightly, 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the butter and sliced fresh mushrooms to the skillet and cook until lightly browned, then add the shallots, garlic, thyme and parsley stems and season. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and the Marsala and bring to a simmer. Add the porcini mushrooms and reduced stock. Return the chicken to the pan and cook through, 5-10 minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley leaves; serve with the bread.