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Delicious and Easy Chicken Marsala

Dinner plans just got better and tastier with this creamy and easy Chicken Marsala recipe. This flavorful dinner meal is what you need to grace your table and the mind of your loved ones.

This creamy and flavorful Chicken Marsala is the perfect dinner meal to grace your table. It is a delicious and easy-to-make dish. It’s also versatile, with many variations. You can use different types of mushrooms, or add some spinach to bulk it up. This recipe is great for those who want a nutritious meal that’s low in calories but still tastes great!

While it does take a bit of time, this dish is well worth the wait. The creamy sauce will coat each bite of chicken and pasta, making it hard not to fall in love with this meal.

The key ingredients in this dish are mushrooms, chicken, and marsala wine which creates an incredible flavor combination that will have you coming back for more. Top with fresh herbs and served over pasta or rice, this dish will be sure to impress even the pickiest eaters!

This recipe makes enough for three to four servings so you can share with family or friends.

What is Chicken Marsala?

Chicken Marsala is a delicious Italian-American dish made with chicken and mushrooms in a rich Marsala wine sauce. It’s the most popular chicken dish in Italian-American cuisine and is usually served with a side of pasta or risotto.

Easy to make and a crowd’s favorite, this dinner recipe can be ready in about 30 minutes. Another plus is that the ingredients are pantry-friendly, and anything you don’t have can be found in your local grocery store. 

Switch up dinner plans with these other flavorsome Chicken recipes- Creamy Tuscan Chicken, Creamy Mushroom Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, and Lemon Chicken Piccata. 

Chicken Marsala garnished with fresh parsley leaves served over pasta

How to make Chicken Marsala 

  • Pound the chicken breasts with a meat mallet or rolling pin. 
  • Make a mixture of flour, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a shallow bowl, then dredge the chicken pieces in the mixture. 
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then fry the chicken breasts until golden brown.
  • Use the same pan to melt butter and add the mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are browned, then season with salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Stir in the thyme and minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the marsala wine and boil down till the alcohol dissipates.
  • Add the broth and lower the heat to allow it to simmer until it thickens.
  • Stir in the cream and butter, then add the chicken breasts to the sauce.
  • Allow it to simmer for about 3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Adjust seasoning, garnish with parsley, and serve with your desired side dish.

What to serve with Chicken Marsala

This Chicken Marsala recipe pairs perfectly with many delicious side dishes. Some of the best choices include pasta, white rice, no-knead bread, mashed potatoes, braised greens, parmesan risotto, baked Sweet potatoes, and many more. 

Chicken Marsala garnished with fresh parsley leaves

What does Chicken Marsala taste like?

This delicious Chicken marsala recipe has complex flavors; it is sweet, savory, and earthy all at once. The sauce gives that sweet and savory flavor, while the mushrooms provide an earthy taste. It doesn’t end there; the white wine used also adds to the taste and flavor by giving it a hint of acidity. 

What goes with Chicken Marsala?

Some popular side dishes you can enjoy with this easy Creamy Chicken Marsala recipe include skin-on mashed potatoes with bacon, brown rice, asparagus Parmesan risotto, no-knead bread, white rice, baked sweet potatoes, mushroom risotto, instant pot rice, roasted vegetables, buttered noodles, creamy roasted garlic mashed potatoes. 

What wine goes with Chicken Marsala?

Sweet Marsala wine does a good job with this chicken Marsala recipe. However, if you want something different, try red or white wine. Recommendations for red wine include Pinot Noir and Merlot. White wine examples include Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. 

What is traditionally served with Chicken Marsala?

To soak up the delightful and flavorful Chicken Marsala sauce, you can serve Chicken Marsala with pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice. You can also enjoy this delicious chicken recipe with vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, and green beans. A side salad or garlic bread may also be served beside Chicken Marsala.

Is Marsala wine alcoholic?

Yes, Marsala wine is an alcoholic drink. It is a fortified wine, which means it has a higher alcohol content than the average glass of wine. 

Can I use any wine for Chicken Marsala?

Yes, you can use any kind of wine for Chicken Marsala. The most popular type of wine used is the Sweet Marsala wine, which is a fortified wine from Sicily, but other types of dry white or red wines can also be used. What is important to note is that the kind of wine you use will affect the flavor of your dish. Therefore choose a wine that will work well with other ingredients. 

Storage Tips

How long can I keep Chicken Marsala in the refrigerator?

You can store your chicken, Marsala, in the refrigerator for about 4 days. However, make sure to store it in an airtight container. 

Can You Freeze Chicken Marsala?

Yes, you can freeze Chicken Marsala for about 3 months. The trick is to keep well in an airtight container in the freezer.

How do I reheat Chicken Marsala?

Allow your chicken Marsala to defrost properly overnight, then pour into a pan over medium-low heat and stir occasionally until the Chicken Marsala has warmed through. 

Can I make Chicken Marsala ahead?

Yes, you can make Chicken Marsala ahead of time. You can assemble it ahead by combining the chicken, mushrooms, and sauce in an airtight container and refrigerating for up to 24 hours before cooking. You can also make it ahead, freeze it, and reheat it when ready to use it.

Substitutions and variations

  • Heavy Cream: We recommend using heavy cream for this easy Chicken Marsala recipe; however, in the absence of heavy cream, you can use thickened cream, evaporated milk, or half and half. They will also do the job of making your Chicken Marsala come out well. 
  • Mushroom: You can use either crimini or porcini mushrooms for this recipe. They are flavorful and they cook well. Another kind of mushroom you can try are baby bella mushrooms. Mushrooms to avoid are canned mushrooms because of their lack of flavor and mushiness. 
  • Wine: We used sweet Marsala wine for this recipe. However, you can use dry red or white wine as substitutes. They also add flavor to the meal. 

Tips to note: 

  • Make sure to use quality Marsala wine so you can get the best flavor out of your meal.
  • Garnish your meal with parsley to give it that beautiful, delightful look.
  • Use unsalted butter and low-sodium chicken broth to be able to control the salt content of your meal.

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Chicken Marsala garnished with fresh parsley leaves

Easy Chicken Marsala

Dinner plans just got better and tastier with this easy creamy Chicken Marsala recipe. This flavorful dinner meal is what you need to grace your table and the mind of your loved ones.
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian American
Keyword: chicken, chicken marsala
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 385.3kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts (sliced in half to create 4 filets)
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 8 ounces crimini or porcini mushrooms stemmed and halved
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream you can also use thickened cream, evaporated milk, or half and half
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts side by side on a cutting board; cover them with plastic wrap and pound each breast until it is 1/4 inch thick using a flat meat mallet (or rolling pin).
  • Mix the flour, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a shallow bowl, dredge the chicken pieces in flour, and shake off any excess.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a 12-inch pan or skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Fry three chicken breasts, turning once and carefully browning both sides (about 3 to 4 minutes per side). Transfer fried chicken cutlets to a plate covered with foil to keep them warm. Repeat the process for the remaining chicken breasts.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of butter in the same pan used to cook the chicken, and when it has melted, add mushrooms. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes until browned, scraping away at any leftover bits of chicken on the bottom. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Stir in the thyme and minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the Marsala wine to the pan, then boil it down for a few seconds to allow the alcohol to dissipate.
  • Stir in the broth lower the heat, and simmer until reduced by half and starting to thicken (about 10-15 minutes).
  • Stir in the cream and the remaining one tablespoon of butter, and return the chicken breast back into the sauce. Simmer gently for bout 3 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. (The sauce will continue to thicken when taken off the heat).
  • Adjust seasoning if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make sure to use quality Marsala wine so you can get the best flavor out of your meal.
  • Garnish your meal with fresh thyme leaves or parsley to give it that beautiful, delightful look.
  • Use unsalted butter and low-sodium chicken broth to be able to control the salt content of your meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 385.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.4g | Protein: 16.1g | Fat: 25.4g | Saturated Fat: 10.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 79.8mg | Sodium: 480.3mg | Potassium: 508.2mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 45.5mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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