Chicken Marsala

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Chicken Marsala is a beautiful, indulgent show stopping dish that looks fancy but it really simple to make. Fragrant and rich, your family will love this recipe!

Elise’s Chicken Marsala topped with a garnish in a white bowl.

Chicken Marsala

Around here, we lovingly refer to this recipe as Elise’s Chicken Marsala, because it’s one our sister Elise’s signature dishes. If you’ve tried the Chicken Marsala from Olive Garden this recipe has so much more flavor, and really easy to prepare. We always try to score an invite to Elise’s house for this meal. Tender chicken drenched in a decadent and creamy Marsala sauce served over fettuccine noodles and served with a side salad and crusty bread? Yes, please! Next time you really need to wow your guests, reach for this recipe; it’ll be a hit for sure!

What is Chicken Marsala?

Chicken Marsala is old Italian favorite, dating back hundreds of years. Marsala is an Italian wine, produced in romantic Sicily, and has a distinct smoky, deep flavor. When making Chicken Marsala, look for a dry Marsala cooking wine. The alcohol burns off during the cooking process, leaving you with a rich flavor that makes this dish so indulgent and delicious.

Variations to this Recipe

  • This recipe makes a huge batch, about eight good size servings. It’s the perfect dish to entertain with. Most of the time, however, we half the recipe.
  • If you really don’t want to use the Marsala cooking wine, you can substitute with chicken stock, dry white wine or this simple recipe: about a quarter cup white grape juice, a tablespoon of vanilla and a couple tablespoons of sherry vinegar.
  • Heavy whipping cream will enhance this sauce, making it even creamier and richer, but you can use regular milk if that’s what you have on hand.
  • We love using fettuccine noodles for this dish, but you could use spaghetti, angel hair pasta, just about any pasta will work.

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How to Make Chicken Marsala

Elise’s Chicken Marsala topped with a garnish in a white bowl.

Chicken Marsala

5 from 6 votes
Chicken Marsala is a beautiful, indulgent show stopping dish that looks fancy but it really simple to make. Fragrant and rich, your family will love this recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large resealable plastic bag combine flour, salt, pepper, and oregano. Add chicken and shake until well coated.
  • Heat butter, garlic and oil in an electric fry pan or large skillet. Add chicken. 
  • Cook over medium heat (about 300 degrees) until done, turning after about 6 minutes. 
  • Remove chicken from pan and add mushrooms. Sauté mushrooms for 3 minutes. Add marsala, chicken broth and milk (or cream) to mushrooms.
  • In a small bowl, combine water and corn starch until smooth. Slowly add corn starch mixture to marsala sauce until thickened. I like it a little thicker, about the consistency of gravy. 
  • Place chicken back into pan and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked noodles.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 530kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 40gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 586mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 4.2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2.2mg

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