Easy Recipe for Chicken Marsala

Updated on September 11, 2017
Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala | Source

What is Chicken Marsala?

Simply put, the secret to chicken marsala is the sauce. Marsala sauce is comprised of Marsala wine, beef broth, onions, mushrooms and seasoning. The chicken in chicken marsala can be prepared and cooked several ways, including coating or not coating the chicken in eggs and flour, pounding the chicken to the desired thickness (thinner is better), and then complimenting the chicken and marsala sauce with either pasta or potatoes. Overall, this is one dish that is tasty and easy to prepare.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3-4 servings

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  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, thin cut
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, Recommended: Filippo Berio Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup flour, Healthy option: Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber Coconut Flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • pinch garlic powder
  • little bit of salt and pepper
  • 1/3 to 1/2 box angel hair pasta

Step One: Prepare the Marsala Sauce

Quick option #1: Store bought sauce for quick and easy cooking

Example: Wegmans Italian Classics Mushroom Marsala Sauce (only 60 calories per ¼ cup)

Tip: I always buy 2 jars of sauce because it tends to be thick with lots of mushrooms, and having 2 jars provides extra sauce for serving

Quick and healthy option #2: combine 1 cup Marsala wine, 1 lowfat cup beef broth, ¼ cup diced onions, ½ cup chopped mushrooms, mix and simmer for 15-20 minutes

If using store brand sauce, empty contents of sauce jar(s) in medium size sauce pan; simmer on low for 10 minutes; keep an eye on the sauce, stirring occasionally. Turn heat off on put on very low while preparing the chicken.

If preparing your own Marsala Sauce, combine all Marsala sauce ingredients listed above and simmer 15-20 minutes on medium heat, or until onions and mushrooms are tender. Stir the sauce occasionally.

Step Two: Prepare and Cook the Chicken

In wide shallow bowl, beat 3 eggs (I like to add a dash of non-fat milk); in a second shallow bowl, add ½ cup flour.

Egg and Flour Mixtures for Chicken Marsala
Egg and Flour Mixtures for Chicken Marsala | Source

Lay thin cut chicken breasts on flat surface covered with plastic wrap; lay second piece of plastic wrap over the chicken. Using a meat pounding utensil, or rolling pin, flatten the chicken out as desired.

Remove upper layer of plastic wrap and then season chicken lightly with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Uncooked Thin Chicken Breasts
Uncooked Thin Chicken Breasts | Source

Next, in large frying pan, preferably non-stick, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and turn heat on low to warm the oil.

To prepare for cooking pasta shortly, heat water in large pot and bring to boil (it will take a little while to boil, but once it starts boiling, lower heat as needed until you are ready to cook the pasta).

For each piece of chicken, dip chicken in egg mixture, then in flour, then place in frying pan with the oil.

Optional seasoning for added flavoring: sprinkle a little basil seasoning on the chicken.

Caution: if using coconut flour, use the flour very sparingly, otherwise if you use too much, it can toughen up the chicken.

Cooking the Chicken
Cooking the Chicken | Source

Simmer chicken 4-6 minutes on each side or until lightly golden brown, as shown in the photo below.

Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken | Source

Step Three: Cook Angel Hair Pasta

At this point, the water in the pot for the pasta should be boiling. Add angel hair pasta; add a few drops of olive oil and pinch of salt in the water. Angel hair cooks fast so as soon as the pasta is al dente in about 6-8 minutes, drain the pasta.

Angel Hair Pasta, Cooked and Drained
Angel Hair Pasta, Cooked and Drained | Source

Step Four: Put It All Together

Now that you have prepared all the food, it’s time to put it all together.

Either in individual plates, or in one large serving dish, do the following:

  1. Add thin layer of pasta
  2. Add a little bit of Marsala sauce on the pasta
  3. Add cooked chicken
  4. Add more Marsala sauce on chicken, and pasta as desired


Chicken Marsala Over Angel Hair Pasta
Chicken Marsala Over Angel Hair Pasta | Source

Save the Leftovers for Another Quick and Easy Dinner

Idea for leftovers: store extra chicken in a container for another dinner; cook fresh pasta another night for dinner; warm up chicken and extra Marsala sauce for a quick dinner.

Chicken Marsala Leftovers
Chicken Marsala Leftovers | Source

Questions & Answers


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        Amelia Griggs 10 days ago

        Hi Julie,

        If you going with healthy option #2 above to make your sauce, I recommend sweet white onions! :-)

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        Julie 10 days ago

        What type of onions do you recommend? Thanks!

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        Amelia Griggs 2 months ago

        Same here, Glenn, I love to order it at restaurants and it’s fun to make at home too! I’m thinking of creating a cookbook, thanks for your feedback and comment. :-)

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        Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY

        I love Chicken Marsala when I eat out, but never made it myself. Your instructions look easy to follow, Amelia, and I’m going to try it soon. You really make it look easy to do and the pictures you show of each step are a nice plus.

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        Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

        Thanks, Susan Recipes, glad you like the recipe! I love easy recipes so I try to make this one easy for everyone to follow. :-)

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        Susan 3 years ago from India

        This looks so yummy. I simply loved this recipe of yours. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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        Amelia Griggs 4 years ago

        Thanks, KoffeeKlutch, it's easy and delicious!

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        Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a great Chicken Marsala recipe. I definitely will be trying it.

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        Amelia Griggs 4 years ago

        Thanks bettybarnesb! I love chicken too and often order this at restaurants. It's never the same at different restaurants, and some places make it better than others. Not only is the secret in the sauce, but also how thin the chicken is...to me, the thinner the better. Enjoy!

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        bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

        Gave you a thumb's up! I love chicken. Plan to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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        Amelia Griggs 4 years ago

        Thanks for your comment, Pamela. Yes, it's pretty easy to make and remember, it's all about the sauce. Enjoy!

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        Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

        This looks like a good recipe and not too difficult to make.

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        Amelia Griggs 4 years ago

        Thanks, peachpurple! Yes angel hair pasta is perfect with marsala sauce and chicken. At restaurants I usually request it rather than other types of pasta or potatoes.

        Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. :-)

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        peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        nice combination marsala and spaghetti