Always a crowd pleaser, Chicken Marsala is a classic dish that is actually quite easy to make and can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes.

Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala is a simple, but delicious old Italian classic. Sometimes in my quest to find new recipes and dishes I forget about my old favorites. Quite a while had passed since I last had Chicken Marsala and sitting down to eat it again was like catching up with an old friend. It brought back so many great memories of staff/family meals at my Dad’s restaurant.

When looking for Marsala wine for this dish, you may be confronted with two designations, “Dry” and “Sweet”. If you have a choice use dry for Chicken Marsala, it adds a little more complexity to the sauce. Sweet is more suited for desserts, but if its is all that’s available go ahead and use it. Better than not making Chicken Marsala at all!

Chicken Marsala

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Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala Recipe

  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • flour, spread on a plate
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 pound of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Slice each chicken breast in half length-wise. Place each half between two pieces of wax paper and pound thin with the flat side of a meat mallet.
  2. Heat olive oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  3. When the oil is hot, dredge both sides of the chicken breats in flour, shake off excess flour and place in pan. Saute chicken, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate.
  4. Drain all but a little bit of the oil and add mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms until they begin to release their juices.
  5. Add the Marsala wine, and scrape loose with a wooden spoon all browning residues on the bottom and sides of the pan.
  6. Add butter, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, approximately 5 minutes.
  7. Place the chicken breasts back in the pan and cook until heated through. Transfer the chicken breasts to warm serving plates, pour sauce over them and serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins

10 Responses

  1. The original dish was Veal Marsala.
    It is important to point out the imported dry Italian Marsala is superior to domestic. Domestic Marsala lacks flavor and body.

    1. Tony, very good point that I should have mentioned. The imported Marsala is definitely what people should be looking for. Thanks!

    1. Barbara, Marsala wine has a very distinct flavor and while you certainly can make chicken with white and mushrooms this way and it will be delicious, it will not be the same as with Marsala wine.

  2. Can this be made in advance and refrigerated without losing any of the taste and texture? If yes, what’s the best way to re-heat it?

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  4. Hi,Always a treat to read your recipes.Chicken Marsala was my son’s favorite as an early teenager.It is a gem to make and has a subtle taste.My son favored asparagus with it.Thanks for the authenticity.

  5. I came across your recipe when I got a visitor at short notice.
    In the absence of Marsala, I improvised with Gewürztraminer and a good quality Vermouth. The chicken dish was Highly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    I am looking forward to make the same again with Marsala wine!

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