Classic Chicken Marsala

Chicken marsala recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings

You will not believe how quick and easy it is to prepare this delicious chicken Marsala recipe. This recipe contains boneless chicken breasts, some basil, and Marsala fortified wine. This is an elegant dish for a family meal or special occasion. Dry Marsala wine is preferred but feel free to use a sweet Marsala wine.

The chicken is wonderful served with hot cooked angel hair pasta or thin spaghetti and a tossed salad or green vegetables. For extra color and flavor, add a few sliced green onions or fresh chopped Italian parsley to the skillet near the end of the cooking time. This is a dish you will make again and again.

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  • 4 (5-ounce) chicken breast halves (boneless, without skin)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 to 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chicken marsala recipe
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  2. Place a chicken breast half between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound gently to an even thickness of about 1/4-inch.

    Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap
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  3. Alternatively, if the chicken breasts are quite large, slice each one horizontally to make two cutlets. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.

    Chicken breasts on cutting board
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  4. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and basil in a wide, shallow bowl; mix well.

    Combine flour
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  5. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

    Heat butter in pan
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  6. Dredge the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour mixture.

    Flour on chicken
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  7. Arrange the chicken in the skillet and cook until lightly browned on the first side - about 2 to 3 minutes. ​

    Arrange chicken in skillet
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  8. Turn chicken and add mushrooms around the chicken pieces. 

    Turn chicken
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  9. Cook about 2 minutes longer, until lightly browned; stir the mushrooms.

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  10. Add the Marsala wine to pan. ​

    Add marsala wine
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  11. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

    Chicken in pan
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  12. Serve this easy chicken with hot cooked pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice.


  • If the chicken breast halves are large enough to make two cutlets, you might need only 2 or 3 for 4 servings.