Authentic Chicken Marsala

Italy is renowned for its culinary prowess, and one dish that has successfully made its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of people worldwide is Chicken Marsala. This Italian-American classic showcases the delectable marriage of tender chicken, savory Marsala wine sauce, and earthy mushrooms. Let’s delve into the art of creating this mouthwatering delight in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Authentic Chicken Marsala



For the Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper, for seasoning

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Marsala Sauce

1 cup Marsala wine (dry or semi-dry)

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons shallots, minced

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper, for seasoning


  • Begin by pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness, about 1/2 inch, using a meat mallet. This helps the chicken cook evenly. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted and the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining butter and olive oil. Add the sliced mushrooms and minced shallots and sauté until both are tender and mushrooms are golden brown. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant, being careful not to burn it. Pour in the Marsala wine and chicken broth, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Scrape the bottom of the skillet to incorporate any flavorful bits from the chicken.
  • Let the Marsala wine and broth mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes, allowing it to reduce slightly. Pour in the heavy cream and continue to simmer for another 3-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet, nestling them into the sauce. Gently simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the chicken through.
  • Sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley over the Chicken Marsala for a burst of color and flavor. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve the Chicken Marsala over cooked pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. Spoon the flavorful Marsala sauce and mushrooms over the chicken. Garnish with additional chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!

To complement the richness of the Chicken Marsala, consider serving it with a crisp side salad, steamed seasonal vegetables, or a slice of warm, garlicky bread.

Bringing the flavors of Italy into your own kitchen has never been so rewarding. With this Chicken Marsala recipe, you’ll be creating an unforgettable dish that showcases the beauty of simplicity, combined with the richness of its ingredients. So, gather your apron, prepare your skillet, and embark on a culinary journey that captures the essence of Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!