boneless skinless chicken breasts
sliced fresh mushrooms
ground black pepper
- Heat up 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Cover each chicken breast with plastic wrap then use a mallet to flatten the chicken to about 1/4-inch thick.
- Sprinkle each fillet with salt and pepper.
- Sauté the chicken fillets for 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until the chicken has browned just a bit.
- Remove chicken fillets from the pan and wrap them together in foil to keep the fillets warm while you make the sauce.
- Don't clean the pan.
- You want all that cooked-on goodness to stay in the skillet to help make the sauce.
- With the heat still on medium, add two tablespoons of oil to the skillet.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté for about two minutes.
- Add the madeira wine, beef stock, butter and pepper.
- Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until sauce has reduce to about 1/4 of its original volume.
- When the sauce is done it will have thickened and turned a dark brown color.
- As the sauce is simmering, bring a medium saucepan filled about halfway with water to a boil.
- Add a little salt to the water.
- Toss the asparagus into the water and boil for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your asparagus spears.
- Drop the asparagus in a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking.
- The asparagus should be slightly tender when done, not mushy.
- Set oven to broil.
- Prepare the dish by arranging the cooked chicken fillets on a baking pan.
- Cross two asparagus spears over each fillet, then cover each with a slice of mozzarella cheese.
- Broil the fillets for 3 to 4 minutes or until light brown spots begin to appear on the cheese.
- To serve, arrange two chicken breasts on each plate, then spoon 3 or 4 tablespoons of madeira sauce over the chicken on each plate.