A Celebratory Entree for Two:  GARLIC – HERB BREADED CHICKEN TENDERS WITH BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS – THYME – MINCED GARLIC – BAY LEAVES IN MARSALA WINE – BRANDY SAUCE

–6 chicken tenders

–garlic – herb breadcrumbs (one-third cup)

–baby bella mushrooms (5 or 6, chopped in large pieces)

–thyme (dried, 1 teaspoon)

–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–bay leaves (3, dried)

–marsala wine (one-fourth cup, cooking wine is fine)

–brandy (4 tablespoons; buy a small, inexpensive bottle)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the chicken tenders in a plastic bag.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Pour in the breadcrumbs and shake well.

2- Place the breaded chicken in a covered baking dish.  Season with thyme and minced garlic.  Add marsala wine and brandy.  Place the bay leaves in the sauce.  Top with chopped mushrooms.  Finish with a couple of drops of olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, check a center piece for doneness.  If not cooked, microwave for 1 minute more.

4 – Serve the chicken and sauce hot.

–chicken adapted from Edward Giobbi’s Italian Family Cooking.

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