Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chick'n in a Marsala and Rosemary Sauce

Here in my corner of the Great White North vegan convenience foods, other than Yves, are hard to come by. Stuff like Morningstar Farms and Boca are nowhere to be found. Sometimes it would be great to reach into the freezer and make a quick and easy meal. So, I was excited to see these PC faux chicken breasts in the freezer section. There are actually really good. I would not want to eat them everyday, but it was great to have some ready-made faux meat on hand. The so-called chicken is made with Gardein, which I hope isn't some super-evil, Dupont-controlled, test tube, unnatural, over manufactured product because I would like to keep buying these. The extra bonus is that they are $12.99 for 8 pieces--cheaper than the actual chicken breasts PC sells (for once).

- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp margarine
- 1 onion, halved and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups cubed chick'n seitan
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 3/4 cup marsala wine
- 1 tbsp ground rosemary
- 3 cups thinly sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- pasta

1. Heat oil and margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onions and garlic for 5-7 mins, until soft and translucent. Add seitan and cook for 2 mins.
2. Add tomatoes, wine, and rosemary to the pan and mix well. Bring to bubbling and simmer for 5 mins, until sauce reduces a bit. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 mins, or until cooked through. Add tomato paste and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over pasta.


Sharon R said...

Your dinner looks so yummy; the sauce looks so like much like my favorite sauce around the "Italian Market" area. I'm not familiar w/PC "chicken" (a regional product?). I'd like to try it for sure if I find it in the local store.

Vegan Dad said...

Yes, it is a regional thing made for Loblaw's, one of the major supermarket chains here in Ontario.

in2insight said...

Re: PC "Chicken" and others like it.
It scares me that most of these are NOT GMO free....
So if you are willing to take the risk, go for it.
I will make this lovely looking recipe with some frozen seitan chicken that was home made.

lovebeingavegan said...

I have been trying to track down Gardein products for over a year and they are not yet available in the southern US until Janurary.This product is sooo tasty and the 'chicken'is supposed to be the closest to real chicken yet and is all natural and all vegan.I can't wait to try it but right now is only available In Canada and California and Nevada area.You are so lucky to be able to try this product.It is non GMO.

Vegan Dad said...

I emailed Gardein and they said they use "Identity Preserved: soy. I asked what that meant, and they said it meant the soy was non-GMO. I remember someone in a previous post discussion saying there was a loophole in the whole GMO/non-GMO label--I just can't remember what it is. In any event, while I prefer home made over manufactured, I am going to use these from time to time when I am in a rush.

WhiskeyMind said...

I think the GMO issue gets fuzzy with "enzymes" which may be GMO. Hey, we do what we can. I see that sort of compromise as adaptation for survival. It's just not possible to grow and personally prepare every single morsel that we eat.

The recipe looks great. I get a kick out of reading the verdicts from sons # 1, 2, and 3.

Bianca said...

We don't get Gardein down here in Memphis...but I see from a previous comment that it's coming here in January. Woot!

John Maass said...

I'm a bit surprised to see you use margarine--with all of the reports on its faults, which by now have been well established.

Vegan Dad said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but the problem with margarine is the trans fat from being partially hydrogenated. I use non-hydrogenated, whey-free, margarine like Earth Balance. Is there something else I should know about?

Kris said...

Hi Vegan Dad!

I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious. As an Italian-Canadian, I should have known what Marsala was, and we should have had some in our house, but that just added to all the fun. I bought some today and used Yves "chicken" burgers and Yves regular veggie burgers instead of seitan. The result was marvelous.

Thanks so much for this recipe. I got my best friend, who is vegetarian, drooling over your blog now, too. All the best!

bugbear said...

I thought Gardein was made from a special fungal mycelia (the underground, threadlike portion of the mushroom as opposed to its aboveground fruiting body, which we normally call the "mushroom".

It's basically a mushroom mycelia grown in a medium, and then they take the mycelia and turn it into cakes or whatever.

Or I could be mistaken. I know somewhere there is a product made from mycelia.

Vegan Dad said...

You are thinking of Quorn.

breej said...

I made this recipe last night! and omg it was delicious! i left out seitan and used fresh tomatoes instead of canned. also added a dash of red pepper flakes for a tiny ammount of heat!
good lord it was awesome!