Papa Bender’s Chicken Marsala Redux

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 22, 2010

For my third and final Holland House recipe, I could think of nothing better to prepare than one of Papa Bender’s delicious meals. His Chicken Marsala recipe reminds me of growing up in Minnesota, where we could always count on a white Christmas. Since Bobby and I are traveling there to visit his family over the holiday weekend this year, I thought it would be timely to make this meal as a tribute to the memories my own family created during snow-filled winter dinners as a kid.

This week’s contributors: Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine and Red Wine Vinegar.

I varied from the recipe only slightly to incorporate these new flavors and the veggies we had on hand.

Papa Bender’s Chicken Marsala

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 portabella mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 vine tomato, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Holland House Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package quick cooking brown rice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet, along with 1/2 tablespoon garlic on medium high heat. Add chicken and cook on both sides briefly to sear the meat. Transfer chicken to baking dish. Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet with red wine vinegar. Add chopped mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the Marsala wine to the skillet and cook on medium heat for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Pour vegetable mixture from skillet over the chicken in the baking dish.

Add remaining garlic and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and check the center of chicken. If still pink, cover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes (depending on oven temperature).

Heat the quick cooking brown rice in the microwave with 2 minutes remaining on the baking time for the chicken. Serve rice with veggies, chicken and Marsala sauce.

The only things I would have done differently this time around would be to 1) marinade the chicken in the sauce for a little longer and 2) add a bit more salt and spice. The veggies and rice were AMAZING and the chicken was pretty great with plenty of Marsala sauce on top. But it could have used a bit more kick in the center. I love being able to taste the flavor in every bite.

Bobby says I just love salt too much. 😉

I had a really great time making these recipes. Thanks again to Holland House for the opportunity!

Question: What are your plans for the holiday weekend?

Whether you celebrate or not, I’d love to hear what you’ll be up to this year! And if I don’t have the opportunity to check back in before Saturday, I wish you a very merry Christmas! :mrgreen:


Holland House has partnered with me to share recipes and information about their products. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working together to bring you three new dishes to try!

1 Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

ohhhh…you make me wish i weren’t a veghead! woman, what are you doing to me!

call me when you get a chance, though i know times are busy right now…i wanted to talk about what you and jill wanted to do about where to stay in AZ for the race, when you’re coming in…etc etc! i’m excited for it!

2 Kristinefitness December 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Nice meal!

My plans are to spend Christmas day at my parents house and spend some time with the best people on earth– My family! xox

Merry Christmas to you, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

3 BroccoliHut December 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

We’ll be hanging out here with the whole clan–both sisters + spouses, two parents, Seth, me, and all 6 dogs of course:)

4 John December 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Food looks good as always. Merry Christmas Jenn!

5 Erin December 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Another beautiful creation from the ultimate inspiration, Papa B :) Love it Jenn. I’ve always thought midwestern winters sound so romantic and isolating. Love that. Robbie and I are enjoying each other’s company, and I believe a cuple of his co-workers will be joining us. I have new recipes to try. Happy holidays to you and your hubcap

6 Kate December 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I will definitely have to try this!I LOVE chicken marsala!

7 TheSceneFromMe December 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

The chicken dish looks warm and hearty!

I just got home from spending 5 days at my parents house. It was wonderful! I’d stay down there longer, but ya know…Monday morning work is calling me to be there, ha!
We had a white Christmas too!

Happy Holidays!

8 Shannon December 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

more family time :) hope you’re having a good one, too!!

9 Kristi Rimkus January 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I’ve often seen recipes for Chicken Marsala, but I’ve yet to try and make it myself. I have everything in the pantry to give this recipe a try. Thank you!


10 Jenn (eating bender) January 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Sounds great, Kristi! If you try it, definitely let me know what you think! :)

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