An easy and quick classic Chicken Marsala recipe. Breaded and pan-fried chicken cutlets in a creamy and rich Marsala wine sauce and loaded with mushrooms. This Italian-American dish is ready in under 30-minutes and will become a family favorite.

Serve this Chicken Marsala with a side of mashed potatoes and homemade bread with a herb dipping sauce.

Chicken Marsala in a skillet with a fresh herb on top and a spoon.

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What is Chicken Marsala?

Chicken Marsala is a traditional Italian dish that has become quite popular in most American and Italian restaurants. Chicken cutlets pan-fried until crispy loaded with mushrooms in a creamy Marsala wine sauce.

This dish is so easy to make at home at a fraction of the cost. Winner!

Up close picture of chicken marsala recipe with fresh herbs garnished on the top.

How to make the best homemade Chicken Marsala

  • Either use chicken strips or cut chicken breasts into thin cutlets by slicing the breast in half horizontally.
  • Slice mushrooms into thick slices and sauté with the butter and garlic.
  • Using the same pan, add ingredients for the Marsala wine sauce, once it thickens return the chicken back to the pan and simmer. Coat the chicken generously with the Marsala wine sauce.
  • Dinner is ready! Easy, peasy under 30-minute meal, the whole family will love.

Ingredients for chicken marsala recipe.

How to make a creamy Marsala wine sauce

This recipe makes a lot of the Marsala wine sauce. It’s perfect to pour over your pasta or mashed potatoes as a gravy.

  • Use a dry Marsala wine, a sweet wine will not taste right.
  • Once the mushrooms are sautéed with the garlic and butter, add Marsala wine with chicken broth and allow the sauce to simmer several minutes before adding the heavy whipping cream.
  • The sauce should simmer for several minutes until it thickens. Once the chicken cutlets are added back into the sauce, the chicken breading will thicken the sauce even more.
  • For a lighter sauce, use half and half in place of heavy whipping cream. However, the sauce will not be at thick if using half and half.

Step by step picture of how to cook the chicken and make the chicken marsala.

What side to serve with this recipe?

Pasta is a classic side to serve with the recipe. Angel hair is our favorite pasta to use though spaghetti, linguine or even fettuccine may be used if that’s your personal preference. If you don’t like pasta, serve the dish with mashed potatoes or zucchini zoodles.

Pour the extra sauce over your side for added flavors and creaminess.

What kind of wine can I use for Chicken Marsala?

I’ve experimented with many Marsala wines and most work wonderful in the recipe. You don’t need to purchase a really expensive wine.

Chicken marsala with mushrooms and fresh herbs in a skillet.

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Chicken Marsala Recipe

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5 from 3 votes
An easy and quick classic Chicken Marsala recipe. Breaded and pan-fried chicken cutlets in a creamy and rich Marsala wine sauce and loaded with mushrooms.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 12 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

chicken breading-

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise. Lightly beat chicken until even in thickness.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the breading.
  • Generously coat the chicken cutlets in the chicken breading.
  • In a skillet, heat 3 Tbsp oil. Once hot, cook the chicken until fully cooked flipping halfway, cook 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Using the same pan, saute the mushrooms with 1 tsp oil in until fully cooked.
  • Add 2 Tbsp butter and garlic and saute for another minute.
  • Add flour and quickly stir.
  • Add the wine, broth, salt, pepper and simmer about 2 minutes, until sauce thickens.
  • Add in the heavy whipping cream, simmer for another minute.
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and cover with the mushrooms Marsala wine. Cook until chicken is hot. 
  • Garnish with fresh herbs.
  • Enjoy, friends.

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 28gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 903mgPotassium: 834mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 650IUVitamin C: 8.2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1.6mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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