Satisfy your inner Italian with Classic Chicken Marsala, featuring pan-fried chicken in a Marsala reduction sauce. And get this, it’s ready in just 30 minutes! 

Chicken marsala with sliced mushrooms in a cast iron skillet

We seriously can’t get enough Italian food. The bread, the cheese, the everything. Classic Chicken Marsala is a variation on another Italian classic, Chicken Scaloppine. The big difference between the two is the sauce, and the secret to a great Chicken Marsala is the Marsala wine reduction sauce. Don’t even think about grabbing a bottle of grocery store cooking wine, you want the real thing. Marsala is a fortified wine made in Sicily, but can be found in your local liquor store or online. 

We’ve all come to associate Italy with pasta, but this dish was not traditionally served with pasta. As dishes change over time and place, this now American-Italian dish can be found in restaurants served with a large helping of spaghetti. We certainly love the added depth to this meal that a good helping of pasta gives, but it is not required. If you do find yourself craving a side of pasta or mashed potatoes, consider doubling your sauce to have plenty of extras for your pasta or potatoes to soak up!

  • Can I use chicken cutlets? 

    Definitely. When making chicken marsala, you want to use a thinner cut breast, which makes a chicken cutlet a great option. Small, already thin chicken breasts work well too. For thick chicken breasts, you will either want to pound your chicken breasts thin, or cut them in half lengthiwse. Or simply use chicken cutlets for fast cooking.

  • What is Marsala wine? Where can I find it?

    Marsala wine comes from the Marsala region of Sicily in Southern Italy. It is a brandy fortified wine, similar to a Sherry or a Port. You should be able to find this wherever you locally purchase beer and wine. If you have a dedicated wine or liquor store, look in their international section for Italian wines. A less expensive option is to use Marsala cooking wine from your grocery store. 

  • Non-Alcoholic Marsala Wine Substitutes

    Marsala wine is a key ingredient in making Chicken Marsala. If you do not use Marsala wine, you are technically not making Chicken Marsala. But if you need a non-alcoholic substitute, we understand. Use one of the following options:

    • 3/4 cup grape juice + 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 3/4 cup chicken broth + 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • What should I serve with Classic Chicken Marsala?

    We love Chicken Marsala on a bed of spaghetti noodles with a high quality crisp salad, roasted whole cloves of garlic, and garlic bread.

Chicken marsala on a white plate on bed of spaghetti noodles

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