Friday, February 17, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Marsala Recipe


If you didn't know, that is pretty much the secret to making food taste good. Also, bacon. And wine. So a recipe that combines 2 out of 3 of those? Yeah, baby. This one's gooooood.

I first had Chicken Marsala at my friend Jill's house when I was 14? 15? I actually was babysitting for her. She made this, and I loved it. I've made it occasionally since then, but the whole frying-in-oil thing is something I don't feel comfortable doing around the babies. So I decided to loosely modify the original recipe for the crockpot.

Of course, the breading and pan-frying of the chicken in oil is part of what makes this particular marsala so good. But I tweeked it a bit (BUTTER!) and I honestly don't think it lost any flavor. The texture is different, but it's still tasty!

Crockpot Chicken Marsala

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken (I used breasts, but thighs would be fine, or tenderloins) (mine was thawed, but you could use frozen)
  • 2T butter
  • 6-8 green onions (scallions)
  • 1 generous cup marsala wine (I used a combo of things: a splash of sweet Riesling, a splash of cooking Sherry, and a splash of cooking wine) (any sweet wine- like port or Sherry would work) (you could also sub apple or grape juice, I bet)
  • juice of 1 medium lemon, or if you are like me, 1-2T lemon juice from one of those little sqeezable lemon bottles
  • salt and pepper
  • Cornstarch, flour, Wondra or thickener as needed
  • Some people like to add mushrooms. I don't. But you can if you'd like.
Turn crockpot to high and smear butter in the bottom to melt.

Chop up your scallions (and mushrooms, if desired) and add to the butter.

Plop in your chicken, and season with salt and pepper. 

This is what I mean by "generous cup"

Pour in wine and lemon juice.

Use a 2qt slow cooker if you want to cook this all day- it should be pretty full and you won't risk anything being burned. I used a 4 qt, and realistically, you could probably cook this on low for 8+ hours and be okay. I didn't start my chicken until almost 2pm, so I cooked mine on high for 4 hours.

Just before serving, remove chicken to plate and cover to keep warm. Add thickener to sauce if desired (I thickened with 1t cornstarch dissolved in water, then brought back to near-boil... it took about 5 minutes to return to heat.) 

You can be all fancy and spoon sauce over the plated chicken, but I'll be honest, I don't like to wash extra dishes, so I return the chicken to the pot and serve right out of the crock (and use that plate that the chicken was resting on for my dinner.) Serve with pasta, rice, couscous or mashed potatoes. We ate ours with buttered noodles, asparagus, and salad.

The Verdict

[Insert photo of finished, plated chicken here. If you have one. But if you are me and are rushing to get dinner onto the table because a friend has unexpectedly stayed for supper and you can no longer serve dinner on top of the mess on the table and you have to clean the table which takes forever so you are way behind and the kids are whining and you forget to take a photo... well, then just imagine yummy chicken marsala here.]

Abigail and her friend J liked this. JA refused to try it, and Anna informed me that she "doesn't eat chicken." (I informed her that she also doesn't eat dessert. Ahem.) I gladly ate Anna's serving. John was sick in bed with stomach flu, but I think he would have liked it. The only thing that wasn't a total win was that the sauce was just a bit of a funny color. Kind of green-tinted.

I will definitely be making this again. It super easy and a great way to use up leftover sweet wines (leftover wine? ha!). Win!

What's your favorite crockpot recipe? Have you ever converted a recipe to make in the slow cooker?

1 comment:

Eryka said...

I love the idea of turning ordinary recipes into crockpot recipes! I've never converted anything before--I've only tweaked crockpot recipes to be friends with my palate.

Anyway, have you found this new blog, launched last week?

It's a place where multiple food bloggers crockpot recipes show up and it's pretty organized and easy to navigate! let me know what you think!

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