CHICKEN MARSALA CASSEROLE:
Creamy and Rich Chicken Marsala Casserole is a dinner staple, with piles of seasoned chicken, fresh-cut mushrooms, and the perfect al dente ziti noodles all in a creamy wine sauce. If you like this, you simply must try my Fiesta Chicken Casserole too!
There are very few things in life that I enjoy more than a heaping bowl of pasta. This Chicken Marsala Casserole puts a uniquely “minnesotaesque” twist on a traditional Italian dish.
The first time I ever had Chicken Marsala it was served over a bed of linguine noodles and I absolutely loved it!
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
16 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup marsala wine (or white wine)
1/2 cup fat-free half & half
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
2 packed cups coarsely chopped cooked chicken
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat until just melted.
Add the onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 – 7 minutes.
Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir in for 1 minute. Stir in the marsala and cream and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened about 3 minutes. Stir in 2 cups of broth/stock.
Spray a 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole with non-stick spray and spread the rice in an even layer.
Top with the chicken, pour the mushroom gravy on top, and sprinkle the parsley over everything. Cover tightly with foil and bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes.
If your rice still is not cooked at this point, turn the oven up to 400 and bake until rice is fully cooked.
Remember, brown rice takes longer to cook (if you use white rice, cook the whole dish at 350 degrees for 35 minutes). Discard the foil, sprinkle the parmesan on top, and bake for 5 minutes more. And Enjoy!!