Gluten Free Girl: Martell’s

3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo, (269) 375-2105
Item: Chicken Marsala

Price: $14.95 lunch, $16.95 dinner

Head to Martell’s – tucked away inside Parkview Hills – for gluten-free dining options with an Italian flair.


When my plate of chicken marsala arrived, it was not what I expected (hint: red). The meal, featuring pan-seared, all-natural chicken breast finished with a marsala reduction, also comes with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetable du jour.


To create this delicious dish, the chef drenches the chicken in corn starch, then pan fries it with a balsamic reduction and finally, bakes it. The result is delightfully tender, yet crunchy on the outside, and savory but not too rich. Topped off with sautéed onions and mushrooms, this meal has a satisfying flavor.


Enjoy your meal on Martell’s outdoor patio, which overlooks Willow Lake, and you might catch a glimpse of the surrounding wildlife. Check Martell’s website for Wednesday evening Meet the Maker events, where you can mingle with the minds behind your favorite alcoholic beverages.