Chicken Marsala Recipe

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 herbs ontop 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!

Upclose 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 Chicken Marsala

Pasta is a classic side to serve with the Chicken Marsala. 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.

Tools used to make this Chicken Marsala Recipe: skilletmeat mallet, whisk

Chicken marsala with mushrooms and fresh herbs in a skillet.

I hope you give this easy Chicken Marsala Recipe a try. Don’t forget to tag us on social media if you do. We love seeing your creations. #ValentinasCorner

Other popular chicken recipes to try; Chicken Parmesan Recipe, Chicken Scampi Recipe, and Creamy Chicken Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Chicken Marsala Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

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.

Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 545 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts (3 small)
  • 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 butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp flour
chicken breading-
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise. Lightly beat chicken until even in thickness.

  2. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the breading.

  3. Generously coat the chicken cutlets in the chicken breading.

  4. 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.

  5. Using the same pan, saute the mushrooms with 1 tsp oil in until fully cooked.

  6. Add 2 Tbsp butter and garlic and saute for another minute.
  7. Add flour and quickly stir.

  8. Add the wine, broth, salt, pepper and simmer about 2 minutes, until sauce thickens.

  9. Add in the heavy whipping cream, simmer for another minute.

  10. Add the chicken back into the pan and cover with the mushrooms Marsala wine. Cook until chicken is hot. 

  11. Garnish with fresh herbs.

  12. Enjoy, friends.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Marsala Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 903mg 38%
Potassium 834mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 9.9%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 6 Comments
  • Ruth 11/14/2018, 10:41 am

    Do you dry or sweet Marsala?

    • Valentina's Corner 11/14/2018, 1:47 pm

      Hi, Ruth! You can use either dry or sweet Marsala. Sweet marsala tends to work a little better as it has a deeper taste. But if dry is all you have, that will work just fine.
      I hope you love the recipe as much as we do. Thanks for visiting our online home.

  • Mila 10/13/2018, 1:13 am

    I made Chicken Marsala for dinner tonight and my whole family loved it. Definitely I will make this recipe again. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

    • Valentina's Corner 10/15/2018, 12:48 pm

      Thanks so much for trying our recipe, Mila. So appreciate you visiting our online home. 🙂 <3

  • natasha 09/26/2018, 1:51 am

    why cant i pin your recipes? i would like to just pin the first picture, not the whole set. how do i do that?

    • Valentina's Corner 09/26/2018, 10:32 pm

      We are trying to fix this problem, Natasha. We had a blog redesign and are still trying to fix some things. I try to always have several different layouts and images to pin on our board on Pinterest for each recipe. 🙂
      Thanks so much for visiting our online home.

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