Chicken Marsala

Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe

by Megan on January 4, 2011

The new year beginning is all about eating healthy and eating light. And I’m right there with the millions of people who are trying to shed those extra pounds that sneak up on you during the holidays.

For me, I ate too many cookies and sweet treats.
So I’m starting the new year out with a light and delicious dish, Chicken Marsala.

Easy Chicken Marsalas recipe

This recipe is one of the dishes that makes a regular appearance at out dinning table. It’s easy, it’s light, and it’s terrific. My kind of recipe!

Easy Chicken Marsala Recipe

You can get a bottle of Marsala anywhere they sale wine. It’s a fortified wine, similar to port, and well last in your cupboard for a long time. I keep a bottle around just for this dish.

Chicken Marsala

Slightly adapted from Tyler Florence

    4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
    All-purpose flour, for dredging
    Salt and pepper
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    2-3 slices bacon, chopped into pieces
    8 ounces  mushrooms, stemmed and halved
    1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    2 tablespoon unsalted butter
    1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley


    1. Put the chicken breasts side by side on a cutting board and lay a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper over them; pound with a flat meat mallet, until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
    2. Put some flour in a shallow platter and season with a fair amount of salt and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.
    3. Heat oil over medium-high in a large skillet.
    4. When the oil is hot,dredge both sides of the chicken  in the seasoned flour.
    5. place the chicken in the pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side until golden, turning once – do this in batches if the pieces don’t fit comfortably in the pan.
    6. Remove the chicken to a large platter in a single layer to keep warm.
    7. Lower the heat to medium and add the bacon to the drippings in the pan, saute for 1 minute to render out some of the fat.
    8. Add the mushrooms and saute until they are nicely browned and their moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
    9. Pour the Marsala in the pan and reduce down for a few seconds to cook out the alcohol.
    10. Add the chicken stock and simmer for a minute to reduce the sauce slightly.
    11. Stir in the butter and return the chicken to the pan;
    12. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.
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1 SnoWhite January 4, 2011 at 7:30 am

This looks delicious, Megan. I love this dish and haven’t made it in way too long.

2 Faith January 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

Very impressive Megan! I will give this a try soon :) Haven’t had it in a long time.

3 Blond Duck January 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

I’ve always wanted to make that! Can you use any red wine or does it have to be marsala?

4 Laurie January 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

I love this dish Megan.. yumm!!
Happy New Year!! xoxo

5 Barbara Bakes January 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Sadly, I’m back to eating healthy in the new year too. But this meal looks too delicious to be healthy. I think I’d better buy some wine! :-)

6 Pattyann January 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Oh, this looks so amazing, and healthy!! Two things that don’t always go together. Gotta love it!!

7 Elle January 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

Ooooh, looks fabulous!

8 Cajun Chef Ryan January 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

Marsala wine has a special flavor that just goes well with chicken! The grilled asparagus looks great also!

9 SMITH BITES January 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

love chicken marsala – never make it at home and don’t know why? beautiful dish Megan!

10 marye January 5, 2011 at 7:18 am

Yumminess! This is one of my favorites and yours looks amazing!

11 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food January 5, 2011 at 7:38 am

Chicken marsala is often on the menu at our house too. Love your quick, lightened up version of this classic dish!

12 Maria January 5, 2011 at 8:02 am

Love all of those mushrooms!

13 norma January 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

Sending this off to my marsala freak friend. That is all she orders when we go out…Beautiful job….

14 RJ Flamingo January 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

I always keep a bottle of marsala on hand for just this reason. Yours looks so appetizing!

15 Karen January 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

Mmm, one of my favorite chicken dishes. I keep a bottle of Marsala in the cupboard just for this recipe, too!

16 kat January 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

That just looks so good on this cold snowy day

17 foodwanderings January 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi Megan, the sauce looks yummy!! I am now hungry!! Such a delicious classic!! Shulie

18 Lyndsey January 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

It looks like it’s drowning in goodness. I can see why it shows up on your table often! Now if I can just get my daughter to eat mushrooms.

19 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Oh, yum…Chicken Marsala. I love it and I haven’t had it in a long, long time. Thanks for the reminder!

20 zerrin January 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Never made chicken marsala before. This one looks so yummy! Sounds like a great start to 2011!

21 UrMomCooks January 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I would keep a bottle of marsala around for this dish too!!! Looks delicious and just perfect for this time of year! Happy New Year and Happy Cooking in 2011!

22 donna January 6, 2011 at 3:32 am

This is my favorite version of chicken marsala as well. Tyler.. does he ever do anything wrong? so easy on the eyes…

23 Blond Duck January 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks for the sweet comments on my confession!

24 Katrina January 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

Going to the store and planning to make this tonight. Need shrooms. ;)

25 Beth January 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I haven’t made chicken marsala in ages. Maybe this is the time to start again!

26 Blond Duck January 7, 2011 at 4:26 am

Happy Friday!

27 NoPotCoooking January 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

Oh looks great! I haven’t made this in ages.

28 Lindsay January 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Wow, this looks like a great start to the new year! I’m going to put this one in my to-do list now!

29 Maris (In Good Taste) January 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

Looks perfect, love that you worked so many veggies in here!

30 shelly (cookies and cups) January 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

I love chicken marsala…but I never make it…I think I need to change that!

31 Heavenly Housewife January 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

What an elegant dinner dish, and so full of flavour. It looks absolutely beautiful.
*kisses* HH

32 Lyndsey January 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Megan I finally posted about the giveaway that I won. Thanks so much I love it!

33 Meg (The Red Spoon) January 12, 2011 at 3:46 am

Yum! Anything with booze always tastes better! Plus I’m a mushroom junkie — just another reason to make this!

34 Lisa January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’m crazy about mushrooms, so this dish looks incredibly appetizing to me.

35 Josilin January 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

If you use chicken thighs, instead of chicken breasts, you end up with a more tender chicken and you can keep reheating it and it’ll never dry out!

36 Suzanne Collier January 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Once again, you’ve got me. In fact, I’ve decided you can cook for me anytime. I went to the store and got some Marsala Wine and I’m ready to go for tonight – next best thing to having you cook it for me. Can’t wait!!!!

37 Barbara Bakes May 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I made this tonight. It was fabulous. My husband almost licked the platter clean. Thanks!

38 Judy May 26, 2011 at 5:47 am

I’ve never made chicken marsala with bacon — interesting addition and I’m sure it’s delicious. It’s one of my go-to dishes because it’s so easy and so good.

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