Thyme Chicken Marsala

Thyme Chicken Marsala

 

Marsala, an Italian wine, traditionally flavours this classic dish. The chicken breasts are sautéed and served on a bed of sautéed red pepper and carrot sticks. A thyme–marsala sauce is then poured over and the dish is served with linguine.

 

Thyme Chicken Marsala
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 small red peppers, cut into julienne strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt and pepper
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) dry Marsala wine (⅔ cup)
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  • To serve
  • linguine (I can recommend the De Cecco brand)

  • Equipment
  • a large sauté pan


  1. Method
  2. Warm four plates in the oven.

  3. Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of cling film/wrap and, working from the centre to the edges, pound lightly with a rolling pin to flatten.

  4. Spread the flour onto a plate. Then coat each chicken breast in the flour, shaking off any excess, and transferring to a clean plate. Set aside.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over a medium heat, add the carrot strips and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. Add the red pepper, garlic, and seasoning to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender. Divide between the four plates and return to the oven to keep warm, while cooking the chicken.

  7. You are now ready to cook the chicken. Depending on the size of your pan this may need to be done in two batches. So, pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan, add the chicken and, over a medium heat, cook for 4 minutes each side until cooked through. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and keep warm in the oven.

  8. Reduce the heat to very low and stir the wine and thyme into the pan. Scrape up any crusty bits from the bottom of the pan and stir for 1 minute. You just want the wine to warm through but don’t let it evaporate.

  9. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Serve with linguine.

Updated: September 3, 2017

Chicken Goujons with a Mustard Sauce

Chicken Goujons with a Mustard Sauce

 

Chicken goujons are a great hit with young family members, with or without the mustard sauce. (They can always leave the creamy mustard sauce for the grown-ups!)

The lemon and thyme marinade makes the chicken really juicy and tender before it is covered in breadcrumbs and sautéed. Served with a creamy sauce which has a blend of mustards and a little horseradish for an extra kick.

 

Chicken Goujons with a Mustard Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Marinading time: At least 2 hours
  • Refrigeration time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the goujons
  • 3 large chicken breasts cut into strips, about 400g (14 oz)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp flour, seasoned
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh fine white breadcrumbs (2 slices bread)
  • oil for frying (not olive oil)

  • For the sauce
  • 140ml (5 fl oz) crème fraîche (⅔ cup)
  • 1½ tsp Dijon or English mustard
  • 1½ tsp whole-grain mustard
  • ½ tsp horseradish sauce

  • To serve
  • Can be served with sautéd potatoes (see recipe below) and fine green beans


  1. Method
  2. For the goujons
  3. Place the chicken strips in a shallow dish. Sprinkle over the thyme and lemon juice then add 5 teaspoons of the olive oil. Cover and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours.

  4. Drain the chicken and toss in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.

  5. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil to the beaten egg and dip the chicken strips into the mixture.

  6. Finally roll in the breadcrumbs until well coated.

  7. Place on a plate and chill for 15 minutes.

  8. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium to low heat and add the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes, turning frequently, until crisp and golden all over. Drain on kitchen paper before serving.

  9. For the sauce
  10. Stir all the ingredients together until combined. Then serve separately in a bowl.

Updated: July 6, 2017

 

 

Sautéed Potatoes
 
  • Ingredients
  • 675g/1lb 8 oz potatoes, cut into even-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil


  1. Method
  2. Place potatoes in a pot with cold, salted water to cover. Bring to boil and simmer for 7 minutes. Drain, then dice into 1 inch chunks.

  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Season potatoes and add to pan. Cook, turning frequently, until browned, crisp and cooked through, about 10–15 minutes.