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Easy Chicken Marsala

Discover the joys of a hassle-free chicken marsala with this simple recipe. By using succulent thigh meat that requires no pounding, you’re guaranteed a dish that’s as tender and moist as it is flavorful and satisfying. Indulge in the rich, savory sauce of this comforting meal that’s sure to become a quick favorite in your kitchen.

Pasta in a bowl behind a green saute pan filled with a saucy chicken with mushrooms
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

One of the things I love about this recipe is how easy it is. Another thing I enjoy is how the sauce is so flavorful that you can eat it on just about everything. Or even sop it up with a big piece of crusty bread.

But ladle it on pasta and you have the best meal ever.

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What is marsala wine?

Marsala Wine is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the region of Marsala, located in Sicily, Italy. It comes in both dry and sweet versions. The dry version is generally used as a cooking wine, which we use in this recipe.

It has a rich and smoky flavor, which adds depth and complexity to the dishes. Its unique flavor profile is the key ingredient to the distinctive taste in our chicken marsala recipe.

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Olive oil – extra virgin, but if you don’t have it, you can use a vegetable oil or for a richer taste, butter.
  • Chicken thighs – boneless and skinless, cut in 3 pieces per chicken. If you prefer, you can use boneless chicken breasts instead.
  • Flour – all-purpose white flour. Gluten-free flour will also work in this recipe.
  • Dried tarragon – rosemary or thyme can be substituted, if you prefer.
  • Dried basil  – or parsley.
  • Salt – sea salt.
  • Portobello mushrooms – baby bellas
  • Chicken broth
  • Dry marsala wine
  • Garlic – crushed or minced.

Helpful tips

  • I prefer thigh meat over breast meat in this chicken recipe, but if you prefer, use breast meat.
  • I don’t pound the chicken thin but if you do, it will take less time to cook through. My thigh pieces took approximately 10 minutes.
  • Sometimes I sauté shallots with the mushrooms to give the dish even more depth.
  • Depending on your preference, you may add a splash of heavy cream to the marsala sauce. This gives it a rich, creamy texture and enhances its flavor. Although we prefer it without in our household.
  • For those who love spicy food, next time, try adding a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the marsala sauce to give the dish a nice kick.
  • Always use a good-quality marsala wine for the best results. Remember, if it isn’t good enough to drink, it isn’t good enough to cook with, either.
  • Ensure you sauté the mushrooms until they release their juices. This will prevent them from becoming too chewy in the final dish.
  • If you can’t find baby portobello mushrooms, you can use white button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms.
  • Using fresh herbs instead of dried ones can significantly enhance the dish’s flavor. If you have fresh tarragon or basil at hand, use them.
  • You can serve this delicious marsala dish on mashed potatoes instead of pasta.
  • This dish can be prepared ahead of time. Follow the steps until the chicken is added to the marsala sauce. Instead, let the sauce cool and store it separately. When ready to serve, reheat the sauce, add the cooked chicken, and allow it to simmer until heated through.

Storage

Leftovers of this delicious chicken marsala can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Ensure the dish has cooled to room temperature before storing it to avoid condensation, which can affect the texture and flavor.

You can freeze this dish. After it has cooled completely, transfer the chicken marsala into freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, defrost overnight in the refrigerator and warm it up on the stove or in the microwave until heated through. The texture of the mushrooms might change slightly after freezing and reheating.

a close up view of chicken pieces in a pan with mushrooms and sauce
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

How to make easy chicken marsala

Pre-step

Get a sauté pan and a deep plate for the breading.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – all-purpose flour, tarragon, basil, and salt. Mix together and set aside. (A)

Step two

Cut each piece of boneless and skinless thigh in three or four pieces.

Step three

Heat a sauté pan on medium and once it heats up, add olive oil and let that heat up to a shimmer.

Step four

Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture and make sure it’s completely covered.

Step five

Place the pieces of chicken into the pan and sauté each side until the chicken is browned and fully cooked. (B)

Left - plate with the flour mixture and raw chicken behind it. Right - a green skillet with cooked chicken pieces in it
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Since I didn’t pound the thighs thin, it takes about 10 minutes to cook. (The thinner meat cooks faster.)

Once cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.

Step six

Scrape out any flour bits with a metal spatula.

Gather the rest of the ingredients – Marsala wine, sliced mushrooms, and chicken broth. (C)

Step seven

Heat up the pan and add olive oil. Once it shimmers, add the sliced mushrooms and sauté for up to 5 minutes until they release some of their juices. (D)

Left - marsala wine, mushrooms, and chicken broth on a table. Right - a skillet with mushrooms cooked
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Step eight

Add chicken broth and marsala wine to the mushrooms and let the mixture come to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

Step nine

Add the chicken back to the pan and lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes longer.

A green pan with chicken pieces, mushrooms, and a sauce
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

Time to gather the rest of the meal, some pasta and squash souffle.

If you like a really saucy chicken marsala, either eat it on some rice or by itself. Christopher and I love eating it on pasta. But just know that the pasta soaks up the marsala sauce.

A white deep dish with pasta with chicken, sauce, and mushrooms on it
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I hope you enjoyed this easy chicken marsala recipe. Christopher and I loved eating it. I crack some black pepper on my food and dig right in.

Delicious!

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Easy Chicken Marsala

This chicken marsala recipe is so delicious and easy.  No pounding!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Poultry
Keyword: chicken dinner, chicken marsala, easy chicken marsala
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 323kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Marsala

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs (boneless and skinless, cut in 3 pieces per chicken)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mushroom and marsala sauce

  • 10 ounces portobello mushrooms (package sliced baby mushrooms)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed or minced)

Instructions

Chicken

  • Heat a sauté pan on medium, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Combine flour, tarragon, basil and salt.
    1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon tarragon, 1 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dredge chicken in flour mixture and place in pan.  Cook for 10 minutes turning chicken every 3 minutes or so, until done.
    4 chicken thighs
  • Take out of pan, place on a plate and set aside.
  • Remove any flour bits from the pan, heat again and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
    1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Add mushrooms, and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes.
    10 ounces portobello mushrooms, 2 cloves garlic
  • Add chicken broth and marsala wine and let boil for 5 minutes.
    3/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup marsala wine
  • Lower heat to a simmer and add chicken back to the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Plate marsala
  • Eat a piece of chicken
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

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Notes

If you like a saucy marsala but want to eat it on pasta as I do, double the marsala sauce ingredients.

Helpful tips

  • I prefer thigh meat over breast meat in this chicken recipe, but if you prefer, use breast meat.
  • I don’t pound the chicken thin but if you do, it will take less time to cook through. My thigh pieces took approximately 10 minutes.
  • Sometimes I sauté shallots with the mushrooms to give the dish even more depth.
  • Depending on your preference, you may add a splash of heavy cream to the marsala sauce. This gives it a rich, creamy texture and enhances its flavor. Although we prefer it without in our household.
  • For those who love spicy food, next time, try adding a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to the marsala sauce to give the dish a nice kick.
  • Always use a good-quality marsala wine for the best results. Remember, if it isn’t good enough to drink, it isn’t good enough to cook with, either.
  • Ensure you sauté the mushrooms until they release their juices. This will prevent them from becoming too chewy in the final dish.
  • If you can’t find baby portobello mushrooms, you can use white button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms.
  • Using fresh herbs instead of dried ones can significantly enhance the dish’s flavor. If you have fresh tarragon or basil at hand, use them.
  • You can serve this delicious marsala dish on mashed potatoes instead of pasta.
  • This dish can be prepared ahead of time. Follow the steps until the chicken is added to the marsala sauce. Instead, let the sauce cool and store it separately. When ready to serve, reheat the sauce, add the cooked chicken, and allow it to simmer until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.8mg
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24 Comments

  1. I love easy recipes too, and this looks like one to add to the list to try. It looks delicious too.

    1. This looks so easy! And I am absolutely on Team Chicken Thigh. They’re a staple in my house!

  2. These days I prefer chicken thighs over chicken breasts too! So much more flavourful, right? And mushrooms are one of my favourite veggies. This looks like one tasty dish 🙂

  3. Mmmm Marsala sauce! I’ve always loved it, from when I was a child, must be my Italian heritage on my mother’s side!

  4. I love how easy and quick to make this chicken is. A perfect weeknight dinner!

  5. This is so good and I love good Chicken Marsala. Great idea with using thighs too. They are much more tender (and cheaper) and flavorful compare to breast.

  6. You know, I always loved chicken marsala in restaurants, and never tried to make it at home. I wonder why?

    And I agree about thighs – taste better, are moister, are easier to deal with… what’s not to like?

  7. I agree that chicken thighs are superior in many recipes! This marsala looks so good and would be a fantastic weeknight meal. I think I’ll try it over some pappardelle noodles!

  8. Hi Elaine,
    I love to eat chicken and the way described the recipe I used it and recommend to all. Its too tasty.

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