Eat– for Good Health

At our house tonight we’re having a celebration dinner– our daughter-in-law Jan (son Johnny’s wife) passed the California Bar!  The time between taking the bar (because of all the essay questions) in late July and learning the results yesterday was a tortuous wait.  I’m serving Chicken Marsala with green beans. 

Ingredients serve 4 (but I’m doubling the recipe)

  2 tsp olive oil   
  1 cup(s) mushroom(s), fresh, sliced   
  1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4 oz pieces   
  1 tsp dried thyme   
  1/2 tsp table salt   
  1/4 tsp black pepper   
  1/2 cup(s) wine, Marsala variety   
  1 1/4 cup(s) canned beef broth, reduced-sodium, divided   
  1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch   


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender and releasing liquid, about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place chicken on a plate and season both sides with thyme, salt and pepper. Move mushrooms to outer edge of skillet once cooked. Place chicken in center of skillet and sauté until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Add wine to skillet; simmer 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup of broth and simmer, uncovered, until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup of broth in a small bowl; add to skillet. Simmer until sauce thickens, stirring constantly and incorporating mushrooms into the liquid, about 1 minute. Serve chicken with mushroom sauce spooned over top. Yields about 3 ounces of chicken and 1/3 cup of sauce per serving.

9 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice, I’m serving a tossed green salad with grape tomatoes, red grapes and other chopped fruit in season. Grapes are 99 cents per pound at our farmers market. Our daughter Janice is home from Chico State, and she is trying out a low calorie (97 calories a slice) apricot-orange bread. If we think it’s good, I will post it here tomorrow.

  2. Yo-yo dieting also takes a toll on a person’s health. Studies link yo-yo dieting with an increase in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallstone disease and other problems. Fad kiets often cause the fluctuations, and many lead to poor nutrition.

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