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Recipe Exchange: Chicken Marsala

One of the first “fancy” meals I remember making for Eric was Chicken Marsala. It really isn’t that hard to make, but at the time I felt fancy. Chicken Marsala was something I’d never eaten growing up, except for maybe once in a restaurant, and I’m pretty sure it was my first experience using wine for cooking. It seemed like a grown-up recipe.

recipe for chicken marsala

It’s still one of my favorites today, though we hadn’t enjoyed it for a while. One of the downsides to what I do is that I’m always trying new recipes and we don’t often have a lot of repeats in comparison to the number of new recipes I regularly try. I was excited for this opportunity to make and share a dish in this recipe exchange that used Holland House wines for cooking because I’ve been craving chicken marsala lately.

I couldn’t find the original recipe I had used when I first cooked this dish, but a quick search provided me with one from Gourmet Magazine in 2005. I don’t remember using heavy cream as this recipe does, however I do love the creaminess that it adds to the sauce. I believe I used thyme instead of sage and I do like both so I’d probably use whatever I had on hand at the time.

recipe for chicken marsala

I think a big crisp, green salad balances the boldness of the Chicken Marsala. I also like to serve it with a side of mashed potatoes. It feels so rich and comforting, yet sophisticated at the same time. And it’s perfect for a winter evening.

What is your favorite dish to cook with wine? I hope you will share it here and link up for a chance to win a great prize, valued at $100, from Holland House. Check out the Beef Stroganoff Jamie shared for the recipe exchange. Doesn’t that look good?

recipe for chicken marsala

Chicken Marsala with Sage and Thyme

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

I think a big crisp, green salad balances the boldness of the Chicken Marsala. I also like to serve it with a side of mashed potatoes. It feels so rich and comforting, yet sophisticated at the same time. And it’s perfect for a winter evening.


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 oz mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or according to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or according to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (2 lb total)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Holland House Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Cook shallot in 3 tablespoons butter in an 8- to 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until shallot begins to turn golden, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, 1 teaspoon sage, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Put flour in a wide shallow bowl, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and mix. Gently pound chicken to 1/4 inch thick between 2 sheets of plastic wrap using the flat side of a meat mallet or a rolling pin.
  4. Pat chicken dry, then dredge in flour, 1 piece at a time, shaking off excess. Transfer to a plate or tray.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon each of oil and butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté half of chicken, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer cooked chicken to a large heatproof platter, arranging in 1 layer, then put platter in oven to keep warm. Wipe out skillet with paper towels and cook remaining chicken in same manner, then transfer to oven, arranging in 1 layer.
  6. Add 3/4 cup wine to skillet and boil over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, about 30 seconds. Add 3/4 cup broth (reserving extra 1/4 cup to thin the sauce later to reach desired consistency, if necessary), cream, and mushrooms, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon sage and thyme leaves. If desired, thin sauce with chicken broth to reach desired consistency.
  7. Serve chicken with sauce.


With several adaptations from Gourmet, June 2005

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 656Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 175mgSodium 1003mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 44g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 19th of September 2012

i found this recipe via my only complaint is that you were very specific on how much salt and pepper to put on the mushroom shallot mixture in the first step. when i made it the pepper overpowered the dish. will deff make again tho just with less pepper.


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

Sorry you felt that it overpowered. I will make a not to season according to personal preferences.

Alexis Bateen

Saturday 28th of January 2012

Just made this and it was amazing! Will definitely make this again. Very picky boyfriend also gave it the thumbs up.

Georgia Pellegrini

Friday 31st of December 2010

Thyme on meat is amazing!


Friday 31st of December 2010

Looks yummy! Vote for Angie Maitland!


Wednesday 29th of December 2010

WOW! Gorgeous photos! I had chicken marsala the first time back in October and it was delicious! Will try this recipe!

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