Enjoying this delicious Chicken Marsala doesn’t require a restaurant trip, only 25 minutes of your time! Tender and juicy chicken breasts smothered in Marsala wine sauce, made even richer and more complex by chestnut mushrooms.
Lots and lots could be said in favour of recipes that are on trend. They are beautiful, fresh, vibrant and full of avocado! What could be said in defence of classic recipes? They have stood the test of time.
That’s right, my friends, they are the recipes that we come back to over and over again because they work! They taste good, they are quick and easy and the entire family LOVES them.
This Chicken Marsala is one of them, so no wonder I am super excited to share it with you.
I love this recipe so much because it combines the simplest of things, the oldest as the world cooking techniques and the most sublime taste.
The taste that is not acquired by forcing yourself to eat it because “it’s in vogue or good for you” but loved deeply and immediately. At first bite. That is classic. Tried and true.
What is Chicken Marsala?
Tender chicken breasts swimming in a slightly sweet and deliciously savoury Marsala sauce with a distinct earthy flavour of chestnut mushrooms are easy to love.
Flavour making tips
If you want to take your tastebuds even further, I would recommend using any mushrooms other than button mushrooms for a deeper, richer taste.
I am a huge fan of wild mushrooms that I love picking when they are in season. However, if you are a novice in the mushroom picking area, try buying them at farmers markets.
Chanterelles and porcini mushrooms are my absolute favourites!
How do I make it?
First of all, dredging chicken in flour creates a layer of protection that seals in the moisture while adding a velvety smooth texture to the sauce.
Secondly, the combination of sweet Marsala wine with a touch of acidity and earthy mushrooms contribute to the complexity of the flavour. The end result is incredible! If you are not able to source Marsala, sherry could be used in place of it.
My kids gobbled it without complaints and my daughter never did use her standard ” I am not hungry” as a way to avoid food she doesn’t like. Win!
What can I serve with it?
Pasta, rice or mashed potatoes all work exceptionally well with this chicken recipe.
If you wish to serve a multi course Italian meal, I would recommend to start it with the classic appetiser recipe Bruschetta.
Finish your fabulous dinner with Salted Caramel Affogato, a delicious espresso and ice cream concoction.
More chicken breast recipes:
- Creamy Chicken Stroganoff
- Prosciutto Wrapped Creamy Pesto Chicken Breasts
- Moroccan Chicken Tagine
- Easy Chicken Paprikash
This recipe was originally published in 04/2017. Updated and republished in 02/2020
Best Chicken Marsala
- 4 chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup/ 60 g flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 small shallots chopped
- 1 cup/100g chestnut mushrooms sliced
- 1 tbsp flour
- ½ cup/125 ml marsala wine
- 1 cup/250 ml chicken stock
- flat leaf parsley
- Cover the chicken breasts with a cling wrap and pound them with a meat mallet until they are no thicker than ½ inch. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides and dredge in flour.
- Fry in olive oil until golden over medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes. Do not over cook as the chicken breasts will be quite thin and will cook fast. Remove to a separate plate and set aside.
- To the same pan add chopped shallots and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, then add sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes, then add 1 tbsp of flour, stir and cook for a minute longer, then add marsala wine and turn the heat up to medium, add chicken stock and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and return the chicken to the pan, let it heat through in the sauce, simmer for a few minutes to allow the sauce to thicken to a desired consistency.
- Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley and a side dish of your choice.