Friday, December 27, 2019

“Light” Chicken Marsala by Sherry Harris

A very warm welcome to our friend, Sherry Harris. Her recipe today is making me hungry! It's the perfect dish for a cold winter night. Sherry writes the Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mysteries. The eighth book in this delightful series, SELL LOW, SWEET HARRIET, comes out on December 31st! What a great way to read into the New Year.

Thanks for having me back to celebrate the release of Sell Low, Sweet Harriet, the eighth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries. If you’ve followed the series you know that Sarah isn’t a very good cook and either eats at her good friends the DiNapolis’ restaurant or eats a Fluffernutter sandwich. But in Sell Low, Sweet Harriet when the DiNapolis talk about food and love, Sarah decides to try to make Chicken Marsala, her boyfriend’s favorite dish.

If you want to make a gluten free version of this recipe buy gluten free chicken stock, skip dredging in flour, and serve on zoodles.


1 ½ pounds thin cut chicken breasts (or pound your own)
½ cup flour
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
6 garlic cloves minced
½ cup chopped onion or shallots
16 ounces slice fresh mushrooms
1/3 cup sweet Marsala wine
1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
1 cup chicken stock
Your favorite pasta (cook during the sauce making stage)


1.     Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
2.     Place a piece of wax paper on the counter that is long enough to hold all the chicken
3.     Put the flour in a flat bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shake off excess, and put on wax paper.
4.     Heat  ½ butter and ½ olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and cook until golden on each side about three minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and put in oven to keep warm while you make the sauce.
5.     Add the rest of the butter and olive oil to the pan and melt. Add the onion and cook for one minute. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for five minutes stirring occasionally. Sprinkle mushroom mixture with 2 teaspoons flour left over from dredging. Cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add chicken stock and Marsala wine. Cook until thickened about five minutes.
6.     Return chicken to sauce, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for five minutes.
7.     Put pasta in a bowl, top with chicken and sauce.

Zoodle option!


Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award-nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and the upcoming Chloe Jackson Sand Dollar Saloon mysteries. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime, and a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

In her spare time Sherry loves reading and is a patent holding inventor. Sherry, her husband, and guard dog Lily are living in northern Virginia until they figure out where they want to move to next.

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  1. Oh goodness I have tried to write this out for my husband and he might make for me on our 17th anniv. I have RSD throughout my body even my hearing is gone but 1/4 so when cooking dishes like this he is the master.I just try to help with the cleanup and this looks so good, He just got laid off for the winter and so we have chick in the freezer thank goodness. thank you for posting and giving away a print copy. Peggy clayton ptclayton2@

  2. Hi Sherry, Thanks for stopping by ! Your recipe of chicken marsala,looks divine! I'm huge fan of Chicken Marsala! I definitely will be making this in the very near future!!!What type of noodles did you use? They remind me of little horns!
    Congrats on your upcoming book release!!! Your book series are new to me,I can't wait to read them! I love garage sales,the hunt for great items at incredible prices and I'm sucker for mysteries!!!
    Wishing you a blessed new year!

    1. Those are campanelle noodles. We like them because they hold the sauce. Penne is a good substitute. I hope you like it!

    2. Thanks for letting me know what kind of noodles you used.I will look for them at the grocery store or Italian market.

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  4. I love cozy mysteries, especially when food is involved. Your recipe sounds delicious and I have to try it! Thank you for the chance.

  5. This sounds amazing! (Thank you for showing pictures also, they help me out sometimes) Thank you for the chance!

    1. It's one of our favorite meals! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. It looks awesome Sherry. I'm anxiously awaiting Harriet.

  7. Your recipe looks amazing! Love this series, looking forward to reading "Sell Low, Sweet Harriet". Happy New Year!

  8. This recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win. Katherinestamps(at) msn (dot) com

  9. Another good, easy to prepare recipe for chilly nights and to get away from the same old thing. And another great book in the series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Chicken Marsala is always a tasty temptation.
    What makes this "light"?

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. It should probably say "lighter." I don't use cream in the sauce or as much butter as a lot of recipes do.

  11. This dish sounds yummy & I'm looking forward to reading Sarah's next adventure.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  12. Oh that all looks so delicious!!! Would love a copy:) staceytownsend07(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. This looks so good. I've never tried chicken marsala and I don't know why. Now's a good chance to remedy that.

    1. I'm not a very adventurous cook but one day I decided I wanted to try making it.

  14. This looks like a great recipe, and I like the combo of sweet and dry marsala. Thanks for the recipe and Happy New Year! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Happy New Year! I came up with it by experimenting. We didn't like it with just the sweet and we didn't like it with just the dry.

  15. I cant wait to try this recipe. Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book. saamm7(at)msn(dot)com

    Melissa Basnight

  16. Cool book cover. cheeetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    1. Thank you! Kensington has done a wonderful job with my covers.

  17. This dish looks delicious. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your latest mystery.