Thursday, April 7, 2016

Quick & Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe (Maggiano's Inspired)

So for those of you who don't know the story, my husband and I's first date was at Maggiano's Little Italy Italian Restaurant! Fast forward about 2 years and he proposed to me at the very same place! So I guess you could say that anything Maggiano's or Italian is like a little reminder of that first date where we practically fell head over heels for each other, right from the start. 

But rather than bore you with my love story, let's just cut to the chase and I'll give you this delicious "Maggiano's Chicken Marsala Copycat Recipe" that my husband and I found!

  • Makes:  4 servings


1 cup flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded lightly to tenderize
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (about)
1 large Spanish onion, diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
½ pound button mushrooms (whole or sliced)
¼ cup Marsala
1 can (14 ounces) beef broth or veal stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1 well-packed tablespoon freshly chopped basil


In large, shallow bowl, mix flour with garlic powder, salt, pepper and Parmesan. Cover both sides of chicken breasts in the seasoned flour and shake off excess. (I actually grabbed a large freezer Ziplock bag, threw all the ingredients into the bag and tossed the chicken breasts in it until they were all covered in the flour mixture... less mess and one less dish to wash)
In large sauté pan, heat oil about 20 seconds over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Oil should immediately sizzle. Add onion and sauté chicken about 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
To pan with onions, add the 1 tablespoon butter and melt. Add mushrooms and sauté, stirring, about 2 minutes. Take pan off flame and add Marsala, then return to heat and cook until most of the liquid in pan is evaporated.
Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook 4 to 5 minutes or until sauce thickens enough to coat back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper. Add basil, then swirl in remaining 1 tablespoon butter; mixing until combined.
Place chicken breasts on individual serving plates and top with sauce.

*This is a great dish to make with spaghetti noodles. When everything is cooked, just throw the chicken on top of your heap of pasta and then top everything with the mushroom sauce! Then you've got your own Maggiano's Italian dinner at home! 
Just click here for more of my favorite recipes, including stuffed portabella mushrooms, skinny crock pot enchilada soup and honey dijon and garlic salmon... just to name a few! ;)


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lose Weight, Get Healthy & Be Bikini Ready This Summer: Bikini Body Bootcamp Challenge

I am looking for just 12 more women to join my upcoming online *Bikini Bootcamp Challenge*, which is set to start on Monday, April 11th!
If you or someone you know is excited about an upcoming trip this summer, a wedding, or just wants to *RoCk a BiKiNi* with confidence and learn to make healthy lifestyle choices, while becoming part of a fabulous 'fit fam' then please fill out this application so that I can get you more details: 

The Secret to Success: Struggles and Failures?

This weekend, I learned a very valuable lesson that I felt I had to share with you!

At my coach conference, I had the chance to listen to some super successful people including Tony Horton, the creator of P90X.

I had never known much about his personal story and how he got to where he is today, but I noticed one very common denominator in many people's journey to success-- and that is STRUGGLE!

We all struggle at some point in our lives, but if we learn to use that struggle in order to grow, learn and make positive changes, then that's how we ultimately succeed in this life.

You can either let your struggles define you and hold you back, or you can learn from them and become a better version of yourself by having experienced the tough times in your life... The choice is yours.