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all sorts of recipes, from me to you…

Monday, December 5, 2011

WOO HOO!!! I’m Soooo Happy to Be Back!

I’ve missed all of you, and thought of you often!  I have been on the internet very little since late October and here is the reason why… 

Close to dinner time on October 25th, Bill told me to call the paramedics because he was having difficulty breathing.  During his hospital stays, he had several lung and heart procedures; was diagnosed with pericarditis, resulting in pericardial window surgery.  He is very thankful as well as happy ~ and I am too ~ to say that all test results were good and he is recovering well.  I knew 4 days ago he was returning to his usual self when his sense of humor returned!

And now that I’m back, I’ve got a tasty Chicken Marsala recipe for you.  I really like Italian dishes, and the depth of flavor in this one will surely have you repeating the recipe many times.  This is a lighter version of Chicken Marsala, without the usual ingredients of butter, flour and cream.

It’s a simple Marsala sauce:  reducing Marsala wine to a thin syrup with mushrooms and braising the chicken breasts in the sauce for a delicious savory dish.  It’s a fairly quick dish that is tender and filled with flavor!  I hope you try it!

Chicken Marsala


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, fresh, sliced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon oregano
¾ cup Marsala wine
¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
2 teaspoons chicken base, low-sodium


Heat oil in skillet.
Place chicken in skillet and brown on both sides.
Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
Add mushrooms, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano.
Sauté for 3 minutes.
Add wine, broth and chicken base to skillet.
Stir well to blend.
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Return chicken to skillet.
Spoon sauce over chicken.
Cover and cook until temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Pour mushrooms and sauce over chicken and serve with pasta, rice or garlic mashed potatoes.


Take time to check out my friend, Linda, and her great blog @ My Kind of Cooking for helpful tips and yummy recipes!

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Susan said...

Pam, so glad the news is good. Uncertainty is very difficult, day to day. Bill, keep the humor and get stronger each day. Mmmm....I started thinking about Chicken Marsala yesterday. Were you food channeling me? all smiles here. Susan

Penny said...

Pam, So glad that Bill is recovering and that all is well. The chicken marsala sounds great. Will try it sometime. David has to watch what he eats since his heart procedures. My best, Penny

Anita Stafford said...

So glad to hear your hubby is feeling better, sounds like you both have been through a rough scary time! Your chicken Marsala sounds so yummy!

Lyndsey said...

Funny I just checked yesterday to see if you were back yet....I was just a day early. Family does come first, so good to hear Bill is back to his old self. Keeping you all in my prayers!

Love this dish you brought with you this morning. The mushrooms are just waiting to be eaten!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

So glad to hear that Bill is recovering. It is good to have you back as I have been checking and wondering how you are doing.

This chicken marsala sounds very tasty. Will try it when I get some marsala wine.

Pam said...

Susan, thanks and Bill sends his thanks too! You're so right with the uncertainty, we have much to be thankful for. The chicken is so easy to make and good too with that wine! Hope you try it and like it. Have a wonderful day, my friend!

Penny, thank you! I appreciate your comment. This chicken would be perfect for David; low fat, low salt. I hope all is well with the both of you!

Anita, thanks! Yes, I was so scared and I'm sure Bill was also through it all.

Lyndsey, it's great to see you here today! I missed you and all my other "foodie friends." Thanks so much for the prayers --- I've been doing double time on that lately. Mushrooms are high on my list of favorites and this recipe suits them perfectly.

Pam said...

Biren, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness! I really like the chicken and hope you try it. It's a good dish for those cold winter nights we know all about!

From the Kitchen said...

Oh Pam! How very frightening but I'm glad to hear that Bill is doing well and his sense of humor is intact!! I was just thinking about you this morning and intended to say "hello" on FB and, now, here you are with good news and a delicious recipe. Welcome back!


bellini said...

What a frightening experience Pam. I am so glad to hear your husband is getting back to his old self just in ti e for the holidays. You should both take it easy though, but glad to have you back:D

Beansieleigh said...

Oh, this sounds DELICIOUS!.. And it's good to see you back! Glad to hear your hubby is feeling better too! ~tina

Pam said...

Bonnie, thank you! I'm glad you are here this morning! Yes, that was a sure sign for me that he was feeling better. It was definitely a frightening thing. That's great that you like the recipe; I hope you try it!

bellini, thanks for your kind thoughts. He's taking it easy and I will also when the Christmas shopping is done. LOL You have a good day today!

Tina, it is delicious! Thanks so much, it's great to be back here!

Karen said...

Glad to hear Bill is doing well! Chicken Marsala is one of my favorites!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am so glad that things are getting back to normal. I was scared what was happening after your last post, so I am sure that you were terrified when Bill said he could not breathe easily. So pleased he is on the road to recovery.
I was wondering what I could do different with the chicken in the freezer. Thanks you have just sorted that out for me. Take care, both of you. Diane

Gloria said...

Im soooo happy you come back, I missed you so much:)
This chicken look amazing and Im glad Bill is better:)

Jennifurla said...

You have been missed. I am so glad Bill is recovering, good to have caught everything.

Emily Malloy said...

Welcome back! You have come back with a bang!!! :)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Glad to hear your husband is recovering nicely! And so nice to see you back, the Marsala looks amazing!

sara said...

Welcome back; and I'm so glad to hear that things are looking up! Have a wonderful week.

StephenC said...

As you can tell from the comments, your followers, me included, are happy with the medical report for the hubby an very glad to have you back. And with a very inviting recipe.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, good that your husband Bill is on the mend, scary I am sure..Love Chicken Marsala, don't cook it often enough will try your recipe..Happy Christmas and Merry Hanukkah, Miracles abound in your and your husbands lives, that to me is what the holidays are all about the people you love and their health..ciao

Becky said...

Welcome Back! I'm glad that Bill is old self. My husband had a bypass, so I know how scary heart procedures can be,

I love this lighter version of the Chicken Marsala, and we'll be making this one soon.

Marguerite said...

So happy that you're back and that Bill is recovering nicely. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since your last post.

This chicken looks scrumptious and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the great recipe!

Big Dude said...

Glad you're back Pam and hubby is doing fine - I'm sure you had a scare. I thought things must be changing when I saw a comment from you yesterday on a blog I read.

David said...

Pam... Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your husband's health issues but its great to hear that he's making a strong recovery! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Pam said...

Karen, thanks so much! Shortly, I will be busy looking at your blog and all the others too. I missed you all! Have a good day!

Diane, thank you! Yes, I was definitely pretty close to the panic mode when he said that. I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog as when I left you were busy also. Glad you like this recipe!

Gloria, thanks so much! I missed you all and have a lot of catching up to do. Bet you have been doing a lot of cooking!

Jennifurla, thanks! You're a sweetie and I appreciate your kind thoughts!

Emily, thanks! With a bang or not, I'm happy being here! lol!

Carol, thank you! It was a trying time but I'm thrilled he is doing well now.

sara, thank you - they are! You have a great week!

Stephen, thanks so much! This is a great community with great people just like yourself. I haven't forgotten your awesome cookbook. More on that in a short while!

Anonymous, thank you for the kind thoughts, whoever you are! And Merry Christmas your way also!

Becky, thanks! Then you know all about it. This recipe would be a good one for your hubby too!

Marguerite, thanks for being so thoughtful and nice! I've said many prayers lately myself and am a very thankful person.

Larry, thank you! Yes, yes, it was very scary for the whole family. I am looking forward to reading what you've been cooking lately!

Pam said...

Dave, thanks! He's doing much better now so we're all happy. I've missed you all and am looking forward to playing catch-up!

Michael Toa said...

I am so glad that you're back. Hope all is well. The chicken masala looks utterly delicious Pam. Yum!!
Have a great day.

Country Dreaming said...

Glad to hear that your husband is doing better.

Take care.


Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pam, I am so thrilled the news was good and Bill is okay. There's nothing like Chicken Marsala to welcome back with good news. We're missed you.

Linda said...

I am so glad you are back and that Bill is in good health now! You picked a great recipe to return with; I am putting this on our menu for this week.

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

Welcome glad your husband is doing well and you'll be able to spend the Christmas Holiday season together. My family loves Chicken Marsala. Warm Hugs,

Christine's Pantry said...

Welcome back! So glad to hear that Bill is recovering. Great recipe!

Tangos Treasures said...

Recipe sounds great! Praise the Lord your hubby is OK!!

Bo said...

Glad you are glad to hear Bill is recovering...I love Italian dishes too....Chicken Marsala is in my top 10 favorite foods.

Melynda said...

Pam, I am happy to see you, but happier that Bill is doing well. take care, both of you.

My Little Space said...

Welcome back again, Pam. Great to see you around. I haven't been blogging much too. I'm actually in the middle of the festive mood. haha....
Hope you're enjoying every moment of it too, dear.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Welcome back! I am glad that Bill is doing well. So terrifying.

That chicken masala looks amazing!



Zia Elle said...

Welcome back!! I'm happy to hear (read) that everything is ok now. Love your marsala cicken!

Jenn said...

Welcome back Pam! So glad to hear that everything is ok now! You were missed!!
Chicken marsala is sooooo good! This recipe sounds delightful!

Kathy said...

Nice to have you back, Pam. I've thought of you during your absence,and I'm glad to hear your husband is recovering!

Pam said...

Michael, thank you! There are lots of good flavors in this chicken dish! Good day to you!

Pam said...

Melinda, thank you, thank you and have a good day!

Sam, thanks for being so nice! This is just yet again another great chicken dish.

Linda, thanks! I am thrilled to be back with good news and a good recipe!

teresa said...

welcome back, i'm glad to hear that everything worked out okay. what a great dish to come back with, it looks delicious!

Pam said...

BettyJean, thank you! I am looking forward to Christmas and having our family together. Here's wishing you a great one!

Christine, thanks and I hope you try the chicken. We love mushrooms, so the more, the better!

Tangos Treasures, thank you! You said it perfectly---Praise the Lord!

Bo, thanks so much! Yes, me too. Italian food is high on my list of favorites!

Melynda, thank you! He is doing well and I'm so glad!

Kristy, thanks! I am enjoying it too and will be checking out your blog soon. Hope all is well your way too!

Rosa, thank you! I love your music videos on FB!

Zia Elle, thanks! And I hope things are going great with you now!

Jenn, thank you! Can't wait to see what all you've been cooking. I know it's good!

Kathy, thanks so much! I appreciate your thoughts and it makes me happy that there are such kind people as you out there in this blogging community!

teresa, thank you! This chicken recipe is so easy to throw together and pretty healthy too!

scrambledhenfruit said...

So glad to hear hubby is doing well, and just in time to enjoy the holiday season! The chicken looks delicious. :)

Words Of Deliciousness said...

I am glad to see that you are back. It is good to hear that your husband is doing better. The chicken looks yummy!

Tina said...

Glad to see that you are back and that your hubby is recovering nicely! You did come back with a delicious dish-that chicken does look amazing. Have a great day!

Pam said...

scrambledhenfruit, thank you! You're right! This is a great time of year to enjoy!

Words Of Deliciousness, thank you so much! Give the chicken a try, it's good!

Tina, thanks! He is doing fine! Chicken is so versatile and we always like it with mushrooms.

Katerina said...

I hope he will recover completely from this difficult situation! He was very lucky, he was treated and cured. I am so happy everything went well and now he will slowly slowly get back to normal life! I love chicken Marsala and make it quite often. It never fails me! I wish to your family no more health issues in the future Pam! Health is the most valuable asset we have in life!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Welcome back and you certainly had a scare, I'm sure! I'm glad to hear that your husband is recovering well and thank goodness he knew to ask for help.

Chicken Marsala looks great!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

New to your site! So glad to hear that you are back and everyone is healthy. Sounds like a very scary time.
I love chicken marsala, this looks amazing!!

laurie said...

Glad you are back and all is ok! Your dish looks delicious!

Danelle said...

So glad to hear your husband is doing well. And your recipe looks delicious!

Lizzy said...

I'm so glad your husband is OK...whew! And thanks for the excellent chicken marsala recipe...yum!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Welcome back, and thank you for the delicious dinner :)! I;m so glad to hear that your life is getting back to normal after what you've been through!
*kisses* HH

Pam said...

Katerina, thank you so much! You are right on spot with health being our most valuable asset. It is not to be taken for granted. I hope all is well your way!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen, thanks! Yes, it was scary and I'm thankful he is much better now. Have a good day and thanks for the visit!

Erin, welcome and thanks so much for your kind comment! I'm glad you stopped by and will be checking out your blog.

laurie, thank you! I'm very happy to be back. I missed all of you!

Danelle, thanks! He is on the mend and doing well. Have a good day!

Lizzy, thank you very much! Whew, for sure!

Alice Osborne and Jeanne Wolfley said...

Hi Pam--I add my enthusiastic "Welcome back!" to all the others. You've been missed. I dropped out of sight for awhile as well, so I relate to your comeback. And it's wonderful to hear your hubby is feeling better. One question: Would you have the time or interest to be a guest editor once in awhile on Making Family Dinner Hour Possible? I'd be happy to return the favor if this interests you. Thanks for considering this request, and Merry Christmas (and won't it be, what with a healthier husband and all!) Your fan, Alice Osborne

Pam said...

HH, thanks so much! I'm really glad it's returning to normal since it was a scary time the last 7 weeks! Kisses your way too and thanks for stopping by!

Pam said...

Alice, thanks! It's good to see you here and I will be emailing you.

Pam said...

Welcome back - glad Bill is doing better. The chicken looks wonderful!

Rita said...

I am so happy to see you are back and that your husband is ok.I know the worry and cocern. I have heasrt disease and had emergency bypass surgery. Very difficult time for the family.
This is a recipe we both love and will surely try your version.
Take good care,

hbs1991 said...

Woo Hoo!!!!
I am so happy you are back too Pam!!
I want to make the Chicken Marsala have everything but chicken breasts!! LOL

JG said...

So HAPPY that Bill is recovering well! That calls for another WooHoo! Your lighter version of Chicken Marsala looks and sounds wonderful.

Pam said...

Pam, thank you! It's good to be back in "foodie land!"

Rita, thanks! My gosh, I'm sure your family was very scared at that difficult time. I hope all is very good with you now. This recipe is great---low salt, low fat! Take care...Hugs

hbs1991, Woo hoo, I'm happy! I see you've been gone for a while too. I'm sure you are cooking up a storm... snow on the ground here this morning!

JG, Woo hoo, again!!! lol! Thanks so much. I hope all is well you way!

Buttercup said...

So glad that Bill is feeling better and that you are blogging again.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Pam, Welcome back!
Glad to know that Bill is recovering. I can understand how worried you must be.
Your chicken masala looks delicious!
Please take care!