This Chicken Marsala recipe is a restaurant-quality dinner easily made at home with just a handful of ingredients and 30 minutes of time. The end result is a meal you’ll be daydreaming about until you can make it again!
Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe
If you’ve never had chicken marsala at an Italian restaurant, you are really missing out. Tender, juicy chicken cutlets in a creamy mushroom sauce make this dish truly irresistible. Luckily, it’s also super easy to make this classic dish at home.
This flavorful and creamy chicken marsala recipe is coated in a creamy Marsala wine sauce, which is what the dish is named for. If you’re looking for a fantastic meal to wow guests or an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love, this is it!
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Dinner
Here are a few reasons to love this chicken marsala recipe.
- Restaurant-quality at home. This dish tastes just as good as what you’d order in a restaurant – if not better!
- Quick and easy. This chicken marsala recipe comes together in under 30 minutes, with basic ingredients.
- Great for family or guests. This dish is easy enough to whip up on a busy weeknight but elegant enough for a nicer dinner with friends.
What Is Chicken Marsala?
Chicken Marsala is a popular Italian-American dish made with chicken cutlets that are cooked in a flavorful sauce made from Marsala wine. Mushrooms are a common ingredient and heavy cream is added to make the sauce creamy. It is typically served as a main course and is often accompanied by pasta, rice, or potatoes.
This easy chicken marsala recipe is made with just a few ingredients including mushrooms and wine.
(Don’t miss the detailed printable recipe card below for measurements.)
- Chicken – You’ll need boneless chicken breasts, which you’ll slice into cutlets.
- Mushrooms – Cremini mushrooms work best in this recipe.
- Marsala wine – Marsala wine is a fortified wine from Italy and the namesake of this dish.
- Chicken stock – To give body to and flavor the sauce.
- Heavy cream – Thickens the sauce and makes it creamy.
- All-purpose flour – For coating the chicken.
- Seasoning – Salt, pepper, and garlic powder season this dish.
- Olive oil – Used to sauté the chicken and provide that gorgeous golden crust.
- Parsley – For garnish.
- Cooked spaghetti – For serving.
How to Make Chicken Marsala
This creamy chicken marsala recipe comes together in under 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining guests.
(Scroll down to the printable recipe card for details and measurements, and don’t miss the video below.)
- Season the chicken. Add the flour and seasonings to a Ziploc bag. Shake to combine. Cut the chicken in half to create two thin slices. Add to the Ziploc bag and shake to coat.
- Sear the chicken. Heat half of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until both sides are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside.
- Prepare the sauce. Add the remaining oil and mushrooms to the pan. Cook until golden brown, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with wine. Stir in the chicken stock and heavy cream. Cook until the sauce reduces by half.
- Add the chicken. Add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce and mushrooms. Cook until heated through.
- Enjoy. Serve over cooked spaghetti with fresh chopped parsley.
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips for making homemade chicken marsala.
- Cut the chicken breast into cutlets. Chicken cutlets are basically just chicken breasts that have been sliced in half to create two thin pieces. This is key to ensuring the chicken cooks properly.
- Avoid overcooking the chicken. Since the chicken is thin, it cooks in just a few minutes. Keep an eye on it and remove it from heat when it’s cooked through to avoid dry or tough chicken.
- Avoid burning the sauce. Make sure that the sauce doesn’t boil and give it a stir or two to prevent burning. Scrape the bottom of the pan when you add the wine to get all the flavor off the bottom.
Try not to substitute the wine
Video: Easy Chicken Marsala
What to Serve With Creamy Chicken Marsala
Chicken marsala is typically served over noodles with extra sauce spooned over the top. If you’re more a lover of potatoes, it’s great with mashed potatoes too. For a more complete meal and to feel like a true restaurant dinner, you can start with a classic side salad or Caesar salad. Feel free to add some breadsticks too!
- Fridge. Store leftover chicken marsala in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I recommend storing the pasta separately from the chicken and sauce, so that the noodles don’t absorb the liquid.
- Reheat. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
More Easy Chicken Recipes:
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup olive oil , divided
- 1 & 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms , sliced
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- cooked spaghetti , for serving
- chopped fresh parsley , for garnish
- Add the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a large Ziploc bag – shake the bag to combine.
- Cut your chicken in half so you get two thin slices of chicken. Add the chicken to the bag and shake until the chicken is well coated.
- Heat half of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once shimmering, Add the chicken to the pan and cook until both sides are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Remove the chicken from the pan, and set it aside.
- Add the remaining oil to the pan with the mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
- Deglaze the pan with the wine.
- Stir in the chicken stock and heavy cream. Cook until the sauce has reduced by half.
- Add the cooked chicken back into the pan and warm through, about 2 minutes.
- Serve over cooked spaghetti with some of the mushroom sauce and sprinkle with a bit of fresh chopped parsley.