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Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala

Author/Submitted by: Olive Garden Newsletter
Servings: 4
Categories: Alcohol / Cheese / Chicken / Sauces

Ingredients:

---CHEESE STUFFING---
1/2  cup  smoked provolone or gouda cheese
8  ounces  shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4  cup  grated parmesan cheese
1/2  cup  bread crumbs
1  teaspoon  fresh garlic, minced
1/4  teaspoon  crushed red pepper
2  tablespoons  sun-dried tomato flakes, if in oil, drain first
1/3  cup  sour cream
1/2  teaspoon  salt and pepper

---CHICKEN---
2  pounds  Skinless boneless chicken breasts
4  ounces  cooking oil
2  cups  flour
    salt and pepper, to taste

---SAUCE---
1  small  onion, chopped
6  cups  button mushrooms, thinly sliced
24  ounces  marsala wine
8  ounces  heavy cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. STUFFING: Combine all cheese stuffing ingredients in a bowl.

3. CHICKEN: Butterfly thickest section to create two lobes - pound until 1/4"-1/2" thick. Place pounded chicken breasts on a plate and place desired amount of stuffing on one half of chicken breast. Gently press stuffing down and fold over other side of chicken breast.

4. Preheat a large saute pan on stove top. add 4 oz oil, heat oil until shimmering. Place approximately 2 cups flour in a pan and season it to taste with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess flour. Place stuffed chicken breasts in saute pan with the preheated oil. Cook each side until golden. When chicken is seared on both sides remove them from saute pan and place them in a baking pan and into the oven for 10-20 minutes. Bake until juices run clear and stuffing and center reach a temperature of at least 165 degrees.

5. SAUCE: Add the onions to the saute pan. stir with spatula. After 2 minutes add the mushrooms, saute mixture until onions are translucent. Deglaze saute pan with the marsala wine - make sure to incorporate particles from bottom of pan. Bring wine to a simmer and add heavy cream. Simmer sauce on low heat until reduced by half.

6. Place cooked chicken breast on a plate and top with onions, mushrooms and sauce. Serve with your favorite garlic mashed potato recipe.


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