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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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Chicken marsala with sliced mushrooms in a cast iron skillet
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! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 4 thin boneless skinless chicken breasts , or 2 thick breasts sliced in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 cup Marsala Wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 12 ounces cooked spaghetti pasta for serving (optional)
  • Season chicken breasts* with salt and pepper. Spread flour out onto a plate or shallow bowl. Dip chicken breasts into flour to coat and shake off excess flour. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in chicken breasts and sear on each side until golden brown and cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside while you make sauce. Keep warm.
  • In the skillet used to make the chicken, heat another 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in mushrooms and saute until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Pour in marsala wine and chicken broth Bring to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add chicken back to the pan. Spoon some sauce and mushrooms over the top of the chicken breasts.
  • Serve chicken warm topped with mushroom marsala sauce. Chicken Marsala is often served over cooked spaghetti pasta.
*This recipe uses four thin chicken breasts. If your chicken breasts are large and thick, you can slice them in half lengthwise, turning two large chicken breasts into four.


Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Marsala
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April 29, 2020 7:07 pm

5 stars
OMG! I made this tonight, and it was incredibly delicious! I used egg noodles instead of spaghetti, and we think the choice helped to make the dish so fantastic. I paired it with fresh asparagus and mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese baked in a 400 degree oven for 18 minutes. YUMM!! Thanks for this recipe! It is definitely going into rotation that is for sure!

Miriam Wright
August 9, 2020 5:21 pm
Reply to  Linda Hensens

Just based on what you’ve said makes me want to try this this week. Thanks for saying how delicious it was.

July 17, 2020 7:45 am

This recipe is like all her others, super easy to follow and made with ingredients you have at hand. Her food is very family friendly.

May 13, 2020 10:37 am

I’ve made this a half dozen time it’s soooo easy and soooo good!!!!

April 29, 2020 8:08 pm

5 stars
This was absolutely delicious and very easy!! Thanks!!

Vickie Whittaker
April 19, 2020 10:05 am

5 stars
I am cooking today, already had chicken breast to cook along with mushrooms, this has easy instructions and on hand ingredients and that picture was to die for. You are so good at what you do. Love it.

Atifah Shahzad
May 20, 2020 6:32 am

Is there any substitute of marsala wine? We don’t consume wine.

May 20, 2020 9:49 am
Reply to  Atifah Shahzad

You can either substitute the wine with 3/4 cup grape juice + 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, or 3/4 cup chicken broth + 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.

July 3, 2020 6:36 pm
Reply to  Atifah Shahzad

It’s just cooking wine. I don’t drink either , but it gives good flavor and the alcohol cooks off.

Alice Norris
May 16, 2020 6:37 am

4 stars
Sweet or dry Marsala wine? Our local wine stores carry both.

Rosalind Ross
July 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Reply to  Alice Norris

Dry works best

Derek Wdziekonski
May 13, 2020 4:42 pm

5 stars
Delicious highly recommended for dinner

Lois A.
April 18, 2020 11:56 am

5 stars
Looks great and always looking for simple and different recipes to try.

August 23, 2020 3:21 pm

4 stars
So easy and so good . Thanks for another excellent recipe . I served this with risotto. Next time I’ll include garlic bread as suggested.

Alice Graves
August 18, 2020 7:21 pm

Love it quick and easy

Ruth Anne McCullough
July 17, 2020 9:10 am

5 stars
Easy to follow and tasty to eat!

Ching ching
August 24, 2020 5:27 pm

I sometimes have problem of what to cook for my family. But now I just look at ur post and walla! Problem solve. They are simple to prepare yet soooooooo delicious. Thank you so much. Glad I found you.

Mary B. Bostwick
December 13, 2020 6:58 am

5 stars
This is almost exactly how I make mine. The only difference is that I add some oregano to my flour before I dip my chicken. My family absolutely LOVES CHICKEN MARSALA. When they come to town to visit, it is always on the request list. Thank you so much for sharing this fun and fast recipe!!!

December 12, 2020 6:57 pm

5 stars
Look good 😍

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