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how to make chicken marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish of golden pan-fried chicken cutlets and mushrooms in a rich Marsala wine sauce. Though it’s a classic restaurant dish, it’s really easy to make at home. With just one pan, you can have it on the dinner table in 45 minutes. I buy whole chicken breasts and pound them thin myself (I’m not a fan of the ultra-thin pre-sliced cutlets), but you can skip this step by using chicken tenderloins. Either way, buy pre-sliced mushrooms to save time. Marsala is a brandy-fortified wine from Sicily that is worth adding to your pantry, if only to make this dish time and again; it will keep in a cool, dry spot for months. This recipe yields a lovely sauce that is wonderful over pasta, polenta, rice, or mashed potatoes.

how to make chicken marsala

Before we get to the recipe, a few words about the chicken. If your chicken breasts are large (like the ones in the photo above that are about 3/4 lb. each), it’s best to first cut them horizontally to form four flat fillets, then pound them to an even 1/4-inch thickness. If you pound large chicken breasts without first halving them, they’ll be huge. Of course, you could also pound them thin first and then cut them in half vertically; the only drawback is that they’ll lose their natural shape (which, admittedly, is not a big deal!).

how to make chicken marsala

how to make chicken marsala

how to make chicken marsala

Place the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a ziplock bag.

how to make chicken marsala

Add the chicken to the bag; seal bag tightly and shake to coat chicken evenly. Set aside.

how to make chicken marsala

Heat the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (Use a stainless steel pan for the best browning. Nonstick will work too, but you won’t get that nice golden color on the chicken.) Place the flour-dusted chicken in the pan, shaking off any excess first.

how to make chicken marsala

Cook, turning once, until the chicken is golden and just barely cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

how to make chicken marsala

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

how to make chicken marsala

Add the shallots, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

how to make chicken marsala

Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.

how to make chicken marsala

Add the broth, wine, heavy cream, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper; use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the pan into the liquid. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.

how to make chicken marsala

Gently boil, uncovered, until the sauce is reduced by about half, slightly thickened, and darkened in color, 10 to 15 minutes (you’re going for a thin cream sauce; it won’t start to thicken until the very end of the cooking time).

how to make chicken marsala

Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce thickens a bit more, 2 to 3 minutes.

how to make chicken marsala

Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve.

how to make chicken marsala

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Chicken Marsala

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded ¼-inch thick (see note), or chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 (8-oz) package pre-sliced bella or button mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots, from 1 medium shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a ziplock bag. Add the chicken to the bag; seal bag tightly and shake to coat chicken evenly. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (Use a stainless steel pan for the best browning. Nonstick will work too, but you won’t get that nice golden color on the chicken.) Place the flour-dusted chicken in the pan, shaking off any excess first, and cook, turning once, until the chicken is golden and just barely cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  3. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the broth, wine, heavy cream, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper; use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the pan into the liquid. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and gently boil, uncovered, until the sauce is reduced by about half, slightly thickened, and darkened in color, 10 to 15 minutes (you’re going for a thin cream sauce; it won’t start to thicken until the very end of the cooking time). Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce thickens a bit more, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve.
  4. Note: If your chicken breasts are large (like the ones in the photos that are about 3/4 lb. each), it’s best to first cut them horizontally to form four flat fillets, then pound them to an even 1/4-inch thickness. If you pound large chicken breasts without first halving them, they’ll be huge. Of course, you could also pound them thin first and then cut them in half vertically; the only drawback is that they’ll lose their natural shape (which, admittedly, is not a big deal!).

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Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 537
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Saturated fat: 16 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 43 g
  • Sodium: 877 mg
  • Cholesterol: 203 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Absolutely love this recipe. I have 20 year olds that love it as well. Easy to make with ingredients you already have in the cupboard. I serve with egg noodles. Makes great leftovers too!

    • — Kyle on October 15, 2018
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  • Fantastic, easy to follow recipe. My husband gave it two thumbs up and requested this recipe to be on our meal rotation!! Thank you for sharing

    • — Stephanie on October 13, 2018
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  • I always come back to this recipe! I love using the marsala sauce to drizzle over pasta/veggies that we serve with the chicken. Turns out every time and is quick to put together!

    • — Megan Dusett on October 9, 2018
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  • This was delicious. Tender and flavorful. Perfect for a family dinner with garlic mashed potatoes and green salad.

    • — Kathy on October 6, 2018
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  • Hello Jenn,
    This looks like a wonderful recipe for dinner tonight. I’m wondering if you have a non-dairy recommendation to substitute for the heavy cream.
    Thank you!
    Cindy

    • — Cindy on October 5, 2018
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    • Hi Cindy, I’ve only made this with the heavy cream, but one reader Rich’s non-dairy coffee creamer (frozen) and another mentioned she was going to try it with Trader Joe’s unflavored non-dairy creamer. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 5, 2018
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  • Jenn,

    Tried this again as the last time I did not use the heavy cream but half and half. It made all the difference! So good. Fast and easy also.
    Mary B

    • — Mary B on October 5, 2018
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  • This recipe is outstanding! My husband declared this the dish we serve our friends the next time we throw a dinner party. All the flavors blend perfectly together. It tastes like something you’d order in a restaurant…but better! Thank you for sharing!

    • — Jillian on October 4, 2018
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  • This is a very easy dish to make.
    I’ve made it several times and can make the dish now without looking up the recipe.
    The sauce is great, I usually serve this over pasta on a large platter with a salad.
    Dinner ready. Easy -easy.

    • — Mary Ann on October 4, 2018
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  • I made the chicken marsala for my Nephew and his Wife…they are exhausted new parents.
    My gift to them is one meal a month until the new baby (Emily) is a year old. I am on month four, meal four.
    This was one of their requested dinners. Rave reviews and gratitude from them both!! The only change I made to recipe is that I substituted half and half for cream, still devine! I am such a fan of Jenn’s. She is my go-to chef when I need a recipe that I know will be a success. She hasn’t failed me yet and I have made many of her recipes. Go Jenn! Go me!

    • — Paula Smith (Polly) on October 4, 2018
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  • I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and thank goodness I did! I’ve made chicken marsala before but this recipe is fantastic…by far the best I’ve ever made! My family loved it! I used less salt than what was called for and used dried Thyme since I didn’t have fresh. I served it with steamed broccoli & parmesan smashed potatoes. This recipe is being added to my list of favorites! Thank you

    • — Evelyn on October 4, 2018
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  • This recipe is better than any restaurant. I don’t know how anyone can give it less than 5 stars. Only suggestion I triple the sauce! Felt like the first time there wasn’t enough.
    Served over your cauliflower mash for low carb option!!!!

    • — Crissy Brase on October 4, 2018
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  • Best Chicken Marsala recipe and I’ve tried many others! My husband loved it so much as well and I’m going to make it for a dinner party. I followed the recipe to a T. Amazing recipe and amazing chef. I can always count on Jenn’s recipes!

    • — Annette on October 4, 2018
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  • Jenn’s Chicken Marsala recipe is excellent! It’s restaurant quality but easy for the home cook. My husband had chicken Marsala at an Italian restaurant in Eastern Market, Detroit and it was delicious. I was determined to find an easy but tasty recipe. A few days later, Jenn’s recipe appeared in my weekly Once Upon a Chef newsletter. Viola! I made it for my husband and my Polish father-in-law, who is a fabulous home cook, and they both loved it! My husband said, keep this recipe and put it in the rotation. The recipe is not complicated and has easy instructions. Once you purchase the Marsala, the other ingredients are few and it comes together easily for an elegant meal. And, if you follow her instructions for the chicken breasts, they have never come out over cooked. We no longer order Chicken Marsala at restaurants because I can make a restaurant quality dish at home. Thanks.

    • — Cathy Krawczyk on October 4, 2018
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  • I tried 3 chicken masala recipes before serving it for a very special dinner. This was the winner hands down! I didn’t change a thing.

    • — Barb Macpherson on October 4, 2018
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  • I went out on a limb and made this last week. My husband is not a chicken fan—particularly chicken breasts. I’m thrilled to report that he LOVED dinner! I did too and it will go into regular rotation. The chicken is tender, flavorful, and the meal is suitable for company but easy enough for weeknight dinner. Thanks for another excellent recipe. Onceuponachef.com is my first source for superb recipes of all types. Your recipes here and in your cookbook have made me a confident and accomplished cook!

    • — Renee B on October 4, 2018
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  • Amazing recipe. Do yourself a favor and use good marsala and not that cooking wine stuff like i did the first time i made this (different recipe as well), you will not be disappointed. I will be making this again asap.

    • — Shawn on September 30, 2018
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  • Made this tonight for my hubby who’s a picky eater he absolutely loved it. Will be making this again for sure. Thank you for the recipe !!!

    • — Paula George on September 30, 2018
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  • Made this tonight and it was good but not as great as I expected. The only modification I did was to reduce the salt by 1/2 t (and very glad I did), otherwise followed the recipe as written. The thyme dominated the recipe, the sauce did not thicken or get the nice caramel color and the chicken was not tender (perhaps due to “reheating” it after the sauce was ready?). I will make it again, but with some changes.

    • — Ty on September 28, 2018
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  • This was as good as it gets and easy to make!! My family and friends loved it!

    • — ep on September 26, 2018
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  • This was really delicious! I followed the recipe to a T, with only the addition of some French green beans because I like to cut the richness in saucy recipes with a green vegetable. I would add a tiny bit less salt next time but it’s still really good as is. I cooked everything in a cast iron skillet and everything turned out like it should. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

    • — Seasons on September 21, 2018
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  • So I’m not usually one for cooking ( I’m not that good at it) but I tried this recipe today and it was great! I changed it a little bit due to not having things like cream, shallots and Marsala wine. Inside I made a rue with chicken broth and a sherry cooking sauce and I also used white onions. It was still really tasty! I will be using this recipe again!

    • — Allana on September 21, 2018
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  • Hi Jen-Could this be made a day ahead of time and then be warmed up on serving day? Thanks,

    • — Toni on September 20, 2018
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    • Hi Toni, I’m sorry but I wouldn’t recommend making this ahead – it’s really best served right after it’s cooked.

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2018
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  • So I made a bit of a mistake and bought Madeira instead of Marsala. Could I substitute or is this completely wrong? I’m mad at myself for not double checking.

    • — Kasia on September 18, 2018
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    • Hi Kasia, I haven’t tried this with Madeira – the taste may be slightly different, but I think it should work. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on September 18, 2018
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      • Thanks Jenn. I’ll give it a try and report back. 😊

        • — Kasia on September 18, 2018
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        • I used a sherry and it turned out great!

          • — Allana on September 21, 2018
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  • Made this for family holiday dinner. I never made it before but took a chance knowing your recipes are great. Indeed it was! My son took leftovers home with him, everyone was looking for them the next day. I used 1/2 the cream, as we discussed, due to an allergy, omitted shallot/garlic, increased thyme. I am not a mushroom eater/buyer, like the flavor, not the texture, so on recommendation of the produce man used baby Bella’s, he was right! Thanks Jenn for making it spot on!

    • — Eve on September 13, 2018
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  • OMG Jen ! I have been telling my husband that I was going to make Chicken Marsala for months, after following your recipe, he said it was soooo worth the wait. And I agree ! Fantastic. You are not only a amazing chef, but you also help glue spouses together. He said he would make it for me next time ! Thanks ! Allie

    • — Allison Brothers on September 10, 2018
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    • 😊

      • — Jenn on September 10, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, I made this for dinner last night and although it was good, it was VERY salty! It seemed like a lot of SALT as I was making it, but I love all of your recipes so I just followed your steps. Is there possibly a typo? Or does this recipe really call for 1.25 tsp of salt?
    Thanks,
    Christina

    • — Christina on September 10, 2018
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    • Sorry to hear that you found this too salty, Christina! The recipe is accurate (no typo), but feel free to cut back on it a bit next time.

      • — Jenn on September 11, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I love all your recipes! And I made this Chicken Marsala before exactly as written, and it was delish! Now I’m making for 5 people total and want to double the sauce. Silly question, but in doubling the sauce, would that only be the half & half, chicken broth, and marsala wine? Or should I also double the amount of thyme & shallots and mushrooms? Hopefully you’ll get this message quick as I’m making this today! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and your book is great!

    • — Stacey on September 9, 2018
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    • Hi Stacey, So glad you like the recipes! I’d double everything. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 9, 2018
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      • Thank you so much Jenn for your quick response! Your website and your amazing recipes never fail and always a Success! I have recommended your website and book to all my family and friends and they love your recipes as well! Truly glad I came across your website and can’t wait until you write another cook book with more wonderful recipes! Thank you again!

        • — Stacey on September 9, 2018
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        • ❤️

          • — Jenn on September 9, 2018
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  • Hi Jennifer,
    You mention using a stainless steel pan for better browning. would a cast iron skillet work just as well?

    Thanks,
    Sheila

    • — Sheila Manera on August 29, 2018
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    • Hi Sheila, As long as your cast iron pan is well seasoned, it should be just fine. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 31, 2018
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  • Made this tonight and there wasn’t a bite left! It was easy and DELICIOUS!! Thanks Jenn for another winner!

    • — Susan on August 23, 2018
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  • This is the third recipe I have made from this website and yet again I am impressed! This marsala recipe is so easy and really tasted like restaurant quality. Everyone was impressed with how good it was. Thank you! I will definitely add this to my dinner rotation.

    • — Alison G. on August 20, 2018
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  • I really, REALLY did not follow the recipe exactly (sorry!), but I just wanted to stop by and tell the chef and her readers that these are probably the clearest, best-written *instructions* I have ever found on the Internet.

    I used to love cooking but, due to chronic bad health, I have been out of commission. This was my first time in the kitchen in over a year! I was initially determined to “wing” a Chicken Marsala, but at the last possible moment I decided I’d feel more confident “following” this particular recipe instead, just because the steps are so well written: not too perfunctory, not overly detailed, not overly clinical, not too ephemeral or loosey-goosey.

    The recipe was SO easy to follow, and the suggested techniques (dredging in a ziplock bag! So smart!) made me feel like a pro. The ingredients’ measurements and cook times were right on. The whole thing did take me longer than the projected 45 minutes to make, but not by very much.

    Because the decision to make Chicken Marsala was so, so last-minute, I found myself making increasingly audacious ingredient substitutions. I didn’t even HAVE the titular ingredient–Marsala wine!–so I put white wine, a bit of brandy, some filtered water, and a dollop of chicken-flavored Better than Bouillon into a canning jar before cooking (next time I will add a splash of gluten-free soy sauce for umami). I microwaved the jar and shook it up right before the recipe calls for wine + broth to be added to the saucepan.

    My pantry had a lot of other limitations, too. I didn’t have flour, heavy cream, OR the aforementioned Marsala wine (!!) and a lot of my other ingredients, like thyme, were dry or canned, not fresh. I also used some “Italian seasoning,” which presumably contains some dried oregano. But, hey!
    It turns out, dried shallots come back to life in water! After that, they sauteed beautifully.

    I substituted arrowroot for the flour–not a good decision on my part–and I used whole milk in lieu of cream. The sauce thickened up very nicely (two pinches of arrowroot DID help my cause that time), and I served dinner over riced cauliflower.

    So I took a fair number of liberties, and my “take” probably wouldn’t ever be mistaken for a legitimate Chicken Marsala. But wow! It was delicious!! I think my substitutions resulted in a dish that tasted like a really, really good Chicken a la King. Everyone agreed with my assessment, and loved it–there were no leftovers!

    My husband even got a little misty-eyed and said it was neat to see I was having so much fun in the kitchen. And this recipe is SO fun to make, especially the chicken cutlets. You get to pound the chicken flat and then shake it in a bag! What a fun rainy-day recipe for the whole family!

    I’ll be attempting this recipe again in earnest, next time substituting cassava flour and coconut milk for regular flour and heavy cream. (It’s risky, I know. But I’ve found that you can “hide” coconut milk in a quiche if you add enough onion powder to it, so… we’ll see.)

    Thanks to this website’s author for such a delicious and easy-to-follow recipe. It was a hit with my husband and our guest, and I felt like I learned a lot! (Sorry if this review is so long!)

    • — Jenn (not Segal, obviously) on August 8, 2018
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  • I made this for my husband, Chicken Marsala is his favorite thing to order at Italian restaurants. He declared this to be better than any restaurant! Made it exactly as written, thanks for all the great recipes!

    • — Laura on August 6, 2018
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  • So so so good! Even my husband and 4 year old who do not like mushrooms gobbled it up. Can’t wait to make this again. Thanks for such an easy and fantastic recipe! I wish I could add a photo 👩🏻‍🍳

    • — Jennifer on August 5, 2018
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  • Tripled the recipe as meal prep for the week for me and my husband. So amazing!
    If you do this, I recommend wiping the pan after each chicken round except the last one because it starts to burn.

    • — Julie on August 4, 2018
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  • The best chicken marsala recipe ever. But switched some ingredients instead of heavy cream I used coconut milk ( it is healthier fat) and instead of green onion ( didnt have any) I used celery chopped up in little pieces. It was delicious.

    • — Debbie the diva on August 3, 2018
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  • Made it exactly per the recipe and it was delicious. So good that my 22-year-old grandson, who is currently getting some basic cooking lessons from me, said that now that he has learned to sauté, he wants this recipe. He plans to use it to impress his friends with his new- found cooking talents.

    • — Joanne on August 2, 2018
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  • I LOVE this recipe and want to serve it at a dinner party for 8 people . What, if anything, can be prepared in advance? Maybe browning the chicken? Sauteing the mushrooms? Any suggestions will definitely help! Many thanks.

    • — Bill in Wisconsin on July 31, 2018
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    • Hi Bill, for the best results, I really wouldn’t suggest making any of the components in advance. You could brown the chicken and refrigerate it, but you’d need to keep the pan with the frond (the browned, caramelized bits) dirty to make the sauce because the frond adds much of the flavor. If anything, I’d suggest preparing the whole dish ahead and reheating it (although I think it’s best right after cooking). Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 1, 2018
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  • Help: Just getting ready to make this for guests
    I can only find a good Italian Marsala – but it is sweet Do I need to do anything to cut the sweetness or leave it… It almost tastes like a cream sherry Opici Marsala

    • — Linda on July 25, 2018
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    • Hi Linda, I think it will be fine as is but if the sauce tastes a bit sweet, you could always add a wee bit of soy sauce to balance it (sounds weird, I know).

      • — Jenn on July 25, 2018
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  • Wow! I typically read through the reviews and make suggested changes while trying out new recipes but every review said this was fantastic as is so I followed it precisely and am glad I did. It was fabulous! My husband, 7 year old, 5 year old, 2 year old and myself housed this meal! Thank you for a great new addition. I will be making this regularly!

    • — Stephanie on July 5, 2018
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  • This is the first chicken marsala recipe that I have made at home that came up to restaurant quality. Delicious. Do not avoid pounding out the chicken – it makes a big difference. I would suggest increasing the sauce its that good. I usually serve this with wide egg noodles and either a salad or peas with shallot and pancetta.

    • — Debbie C on July 3, 2018
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  • I made 100% to the recipe and it was SO good. One of the best Chicken Marsalas I have ever had! The sauce does look quite purple when cooking but that turns into a brown toward the end of cooking. I am definitely saving this one for my book. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • — Kelsey on July 2, 2018
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  • I recently made this recipe for a small dimner party with long-time freinds, all of whom love to cook. Everyone raved about the Chicken Marsala, and asked for the recipe. I referred them to your website, then suggested they buy your new. cookbook , which I pre-oredered. I’m cooking my way through it. The photos are beautiful and nearly edible, and the recipes so accessible. I love it. Thanks, Jenn.

    • — Linda Heile on June 29, 2018
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    • ☺️

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2018
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  • if I pre made the sauce and froze it thawed it and added the cream afterwards would it be okay

    • — Barbara Donatelli on June 27, 2018
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    • I don’t recommend it, Barbara – sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2018
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  • This recipe is absolutely delicious! I have made it several times and my family loves it.

    • — Donna Ambrose on June 26, 2018
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  • Great recipe! My wife and I enjoyed it very much!

    • — Michael W. on June 24, 2018
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  • Battering the chicken causes it to be soggy and doesn’t taste as good as some of the other recipes I’ve made.

    • — Michael howe on June 22, 2018
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  • This is THE best Chicken Marsala recipe!

    • — Kelly on June 21, 2018
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  • I fixed this the other night and it was so easy and OH MY GAWD was it delicious!

    • — Susan G. on June 18, 2018
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  • Absolutely delicious. Followed the recipe as written and wouldn’t change a thing. Great, rich flavor!!

    • — TJ on June 9, 2018
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  • Also, just noticed you have a recipe for Chicken Piccata, another dish I made as saucier. Yum, I’ll be making that one next. I remember it being a bit tricky as the sauce could separate in a nano second if the heat isn’t just right. Thanks again.

    • — derek on June 9, 2018
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  • I made Chicken Marsala a the saucier (sauté cook) at I restaurant I worked at after college. I loved it but haven’t made it since and finally did with this recipe. It was as good as I remember. Followed recipe to a T and wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve made a few of your recipes and they have all been wonderful. I will be buying your book! Congrats on that, btw.

    • — derek on June 9, 2018
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    • Thanks, Derek. ☺️ Glad you enjoyed it!

      • — Jenn on June 9, 2018
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  • 5 stars all the way, it was easy to make! So creamy and delicious. A new staple in my house.

    • — Christy Anderson on June 7, 2018
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  • Fantastic. Utilized chicken tenders to save time, not as pretty but wonderful. Paired it with another recipe found here, String Beans with Shallots.
    Will definitely make both again!

    • — Maggie on June 5, 2018
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  • This was very easy and delicious. I used Marsala wine from the grocery store and it still tasted great. I will definitely do this recipe again! Thanks Jenn! (p.s. I paired this with your roasted broccoli recipe…awesome! https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/garlicky-roasted-broccoli-with-lemon-pecorino-romano.html)

    • — Heather on June 3, 2018
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  • Hi, Jenn,

    This Chicken Marsala was delicious! It will make a superb entree for a dinner party (I would have been happy to drink the sauce :). I had one minor setback, but in the end it did not alter the fabulous taste.

    I bought 1-1/2 pounds of Trader Joe’s “thin sliced” boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and they were beautifully lean and trimmed. They were not tenders, but full breasts sliced thin like in your pictures. Although they browned nicely during the first step, unfortunately, two of the pieces were still too thick and did not cook completely through (they were slightly pink inside).

    For that reason, before adding the chicken back to the reduced sauce, I cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise. I added those face down in the sauce, and during the last few minutes cooking, they turned out perfect!!

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Start to finish, it took only 30 minutes.

    • — Laura on May 31, 2018
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  • I made this recipe and my family loved it. Definitely a keeper for another way to make chicken!

    • — Janet on May 30, 2018
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  • This was good, and Jen always provides easy to follow directions, but I didn’t think the taste was that great (although others did).

    • — ttag on May 29, 2018
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  • Super Duper!!
    Made this for dinner tonight—very easy and chock full of taste. Love your recipes!
    My only changes were omitting shallots and thyme (I didn’t have any on hand), used half and half instead of cream and brandy instead of Marsala wine— just using what I had. Still fantastic!! Lots of really fresh mushrooms made it flavorful, too.

    • — Karen on May 28, 2018
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    • I didn’t have Marsala wine either! (Or heavy cream, or fresh thyme or shallots–I used dry.) I read online that adding brandy to white wine comes the closest to capturing the flavor, so that’s what I ended up doing, although I bet your way was also delicious. (I almost used sherry, actually!)

      • — Jenn F on August 8, 2018
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  • Can I use dry herbs since I don’t have fresh on hand?

    • — Jennifer on May 27, 2018
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    • Sure, that’s fine. You can cut then back to about 1/3 of the fresh herbs called for. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 27, 2018
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  • If I make this for 25, could I make earlier in the day, or the day before and reheat? For how long and at what temp? How will the cream hold up in reheating? Thanks! Sue

    • — Sue on May 22, 2018
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    • Hi Sue, I’m sorry but I wouldn’t recommend making this ahead – it’s really best served right after it’s cooked.

      • — Jenn on May 22, 2018
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  • Holy moly this was delicious! I followed the recipe to a T and it came out perfect! I paired with mashed potatoes to have a complex carb vs noodles. Definitely let simmer closer to 15 minutes for sauce to thicken and brown. Enjoy!

    • — Kristina on May 9, 2018
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  • I love this recipe – at our 25th wedding anniversary, it was the main dish. Although, I would like to substitute the heavy cream; what may I use instead?

    • — Marisol on May 9, 2018
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    • Hi Marisol, Glad you enjoyed this (and happy 25th anniversary)! You could use 1/2 & 1/2 in place of the heavy cream, but the sauce won’t thicken as much. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 10, 2018
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  • Excellent. Everyone should try this recipe

    • — Julie on May 2, 2018
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  • Is there something else I can use instead of wine?

    • — Katherine Vasquez on May 2, 2018
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    • Hi Katherine, You can omit the Marsala wine or use more broth in its place – it won’t be Chicken Marsala but it should still be delicious. You might consider a squeeze of lemon at the end for some bright flavor. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 2, 2018
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      • Hi Jenn. I substitute the Marsala wine with 1/4 cup white grape juice, 1Tbsp vanilla extract and 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar. It works great! Joanne.

        • — Joanne Meehan on June 11, 2018
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  • FANTASTIC !!
    I made this for dinner with my In Laws
    3 times larger than this recipe
    It was fantastic

    • — Matt on April 30, 2018
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  • This looks like an amazing chicken marsala recipe! I’m going to make this Monday for a friend. My question isn’t for the chicken. My problem is I don’t know what to serve with it. Thanks, Pattee

    • — Pattee on April 19, 2018
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    • Hi Pattee, the chicken would be delicious with French Green Beans with Shallots and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. Also, I have a feature on the website– for all main dishes, I suggest one or two sides that I think would pair nicely with them. To see what I’ve suggested, scroll to the top of the recipe page and, immediately under the recipe title, you’ll see a bar with several options, one of which says “pair with.” If you click on this, you’ll see the sides I’ve suggested. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on April 19, 2018
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    • Serve it with roasted colored carrots with either dill or thyme and some steamed asparagus. Nice garlicky Yukon gold mashed potatoes is a great side for your starch.

      • — Jason Stevens on May 1, 2018
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  • can I use something other then heavy creamy in chicken marsala. Looking to make it a little healthier

    • — janice coble on April 19, 2018
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    • Hi Janice, You could use 1/2 & 1/2 in place of the cream, but the sauce won’t thicken as much. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on April 19, 2018
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  • Just made this tonight! So delicious! I did add a little cornstarch mixed with water toward the end so that the sauce would thicken up a bit, but the flavors were on point. Thank you for another great recipe.

    • — Erica on April 17, 2018
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  • I made this a couple of days ago and did something that I rarely do, followed the recipe. It was perfect, no changes needed, rave reviews!
    Thank you ☺

    • — Letitia on March 27, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, I know this is a long shot but is there a suitable substitute for heavy cream?

    • — Amy on March 27, 2018
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    • Hi Amy, You could use half and half in place of the cream, although the sauce won’t thicken as much. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on March 27, 2018
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  • This chicken marsala was plate licking good! Great recipe. I added a couple tbsp of flour to the pan just before adding the garlic & onion and it made a thicker sauce which i prefer. Make mashed potatoes with this and pour on the sauce. And buy good marsala. Loved this! Thank you, chef!

    • — Linda on March 25, 2018
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  • Phenomenal dish! My family loved it! This is seriously a restaurant quality dish. I’ve made many of Jenn’s dishes and while I’ve never been disappointed with one, I have favorites and this is definitely one. I’ve made other chicken Marsala recipes in the past that were pretty good, but none close to this one. It is definitely a keeper and is already filed in my recipe binder.
    On a side note, I followed the recipe exactly and my sauce did not thicken to the degree that perhaps it should have. Not sure if it was my technique or pan; either way it was still delicious. I served with a small side of fettuccine alfredo and even drizzled some of the Marsala sauce with mushrooms on it. Thank you Jenn for the smiles and gratitude I received from my two sons after they ate this.

    • — Denise on March 21, 2018
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  • I am making this for my guests on Saturday night. Can I prepare the chicken with mushrooms an hour ahead and put in a warming drawer till we eat??

    • — Jeanette on March 20, 2018
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    • Hi Jeanette, it’s doable, but I do think this is really best served right after cooking.

      • — Jenn on March 20, 2018
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  • Spectacular !!! Easy, quick, super delicious and impressed the hell out of boyfriend !

    Went through hell to get my hands on some Marsala wine in France and when I found it it was not cheap, so I was worried that the dish wont work out and I’d be stuck with a 25 euro bottle of wine, but it was SO good that I was requested to make it again in the same week.

    Added to my folder of Favourite Recipes.

    Fantastic Jenn !

    • — Malak on March 16, 2018
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  • Simple and delicious. As wonderful left over as the first time around. Love this with buttered dutch noodles. Thank you!

    • — Michael Calcagni on March 12, 2018
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  • Hello,

    Can this recipe be made ahead of time?

    Thanks

    • — Clara on March 12, 2018
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    • Hi Clara, I’m sorry but I wouldn’t recommend making this ahead – it’s really best served right after it’s cooked.

      • — Jenn on March 12, 2018
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  • This was wonderful. My daughter and son went back for thirds. My son says he is putting this in my top three chicken dishes I make.

    • — Beth on March 11, 2018
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  • Absolutely the best recipe ever! Tried others and they never worked out for me. Your recipes are fabulous. I can count on accuracy of your printed recipes, the ingredients listed and easy instructions. Your photos add to the ease and i love how you show ingredients. Your recipes are great enough for me to feel confident to share with friends and family! I love telling others my secret when i am asked. I simply say, “ i follow Once Upon A Chef” and hand them the web address. Keep up the awesome recipes. I am getting your cookbook.

    • — Liz on March 11, 2018
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    • Thank you, Liz! 💕

      • — Jenn on March 11, 2018
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  • All of your recipes are absolutely delicious, but this was my husbands favorite! I’ve made this recipe twice. First time I followed everything to the T, but used veal cutlets and the second time I used bone-in pork chops and finished them in the oven before topping with the sauce. So good! Thanks, Jenn! PS I am counting down the days until I get your book.

    • — Samantha on March 8, 2018
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  • So easy and quick to make, and is so tasty, I got several compliments on this dinner. I’ve made it twice now, the second time I didn’t have any heavy cream, so I used two percent milk and it still turned out great. The sauce was not quite as thick, but that’s was ok. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • — Theresa on March 7, 2018
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  • I made this recipe for my family and it was great! My father-in-law was scooping up all the extra sauce off of his plate with a spoon. One question when making something like this for a crowd—the pan/oil/butter are at a great temperature for the first few pieces of chicken, but then I have trouble keeping them warm but not burnt and smokey, especially when adding more butter and oil or the pan. Do you have any suggestions to prevent that next time? Thanks!!

    • — Sara on March 6, 2018
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    • Hi Sara, glad to hear you enjoyed this! Yes, maintaining the correct heat is always tricky when you’re sauteeing several batches of something. I find that sometimes I need to turn the heat down just a tiny bit as I cook a second or third batch of something to avoid it from getting too brown on the outside before being fully cooked. (It’s definitely a delicate balance!)

      • — Jenn on March 6, 2018
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  • I have made Chicken Marsala in the past- but it never turned out as good as this! I followed this recipe step by step (super easy and simple to follow), and it came out perfect. The ingredients needed really do not cost very much which is very helpful. I also cooked angel hair pasta to add to the dish for the chicken marsala to lay on top of. I will definitely be making this dish again soon!

    • — Daniella on March 5, 2018
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  • I made a double batch of the Chicken Marsala, doubling the ingredients. The recipe was easy to follow. I tweaked the recipe by adding 4 ounces of softened cream cheese,when making the sauce. It made for a creamier sauce . I will make again.

    • — Janell Joy on March 4, 2018
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  • So easy to make and the taste was fabulous! Will be a keeper and made more often for family Sunday night dinners!

    • — Connie on March 4, 2018
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  • My husbands favorite dish is Chicken Marsala. I already make a pretty decent one but noticed some subtle changes in this recipe so I wanted to try it. I loved it and so did my husband. It’s now my go to recipe for Chicken Marsala.
    Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us!

    • — Melanie Cullen on March 3, 2018
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  • This has become a go to recipe at my house. If my son is home I substitute a veggie like asparagus for the mushrooms. Also serve it over rice sometimes or with shrimp instead of chicken. But the creamy Marsala sauce is so good.

    • — Nissa Ascencio on March 3, 2018
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  • This is the 2nd time I made this. Love the taste of the sauce and the chicken is so tender. I personally think the ratio of mushrooms to sauce is too many mushrooms. I doubled the amount of the sauce and served with a side of angel hair pasta and sautéed green beans. Perfect meal!

    • — Glinda on March 3, 2018
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  • I usually make this for a special occasion because it really is a fancy meal, but surprisingly easy. I use Holland House Marsala from the grocery store and Perdue Freshcuts thin sliced breasts that I don’t pound. Other than that, I follow the directions completely. Green beans are a perfect vegetable to go with this, but I live with broccoli lovers, so I serve that steamed with butter. Also serve parm smashed potatoes that Jenn recommends – sooo easy! A very satisfying meal!

    • — Carol on March 2, 2018
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  • This is the second time I made this recipe! I increased the amount of the sauce since this time I served with rice.
    This is one of our favor recipes!
    Thank you for making cooking so much easier(for me)!!

    • — Dila on March 2, 2018
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  • Amazing recipe! I wouldn’t change a thing. Made this for a dinner party and everyone loved it!

    • — Lorie on March 2, 2018
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  • One word,,,DIVINE !

    • — SweetiePie on March 2, 2018
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  • Improvision did not prove well this time. Instead of chicken breasts I used chicken thighs thinking the breast meat would be too dry, whereas thigh meat would be juicy and tender. However the thighs were too fatty and the sauce ended up being too greasy and overly rich. Follow Jennifer’s recipe and use chicken breasts as directed.

    • — Regina Jones on March 1, 2018
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  • Chicken Marsala is so easy to make and really delicious. I used chicken fillets and already sliced mushrooms to save time.
    Next time I would use have the amount of heavy cream (1/3 cup) to make a lighter version. I paired it with fresh green beans and a salad.

    • — Lynn Marano on March 1, 2018
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  • This Chicken Marsala recipe has been a huge hit at our Sunday “Family Dinners” for my gang of 14! Takes a bit more time to make this quantity, but the fact that all six grandkids cleaned their plates made it well worth repeating. I serve it with Polenta prepared with extra butter and parmesan. I’ve learned that when making large quantities, you can place the chicken with the sauce as well as the polenta in separate casseroles and keep them warm in a low oven until the whole gang shows up!

    • — Judi Heile on March 1, 2018
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  • Delicious! However I took out the chicken stock and added more wine with pure lemon juice and it turned out fantastic!

    • — D on March 1, 2018
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  • This was way too delicious for as easy as it was to prepare! I love to cook and this is now one of our favorite dinners. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • — Lorraine on March 1, 2018
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  • This is the best chicken masala I have ever tasted. The recipe is so easy to follow and accurate just follow it step by step and you will serve the most delicious meal better than any restaurant. You will feel like you went to school to be a chef. Once upon a chef is making me into a chef. Everyone I have served this to raves about my cooking. It is a must to make and eat. LOVE IT!!

    • — Anita Beckett on March 1, 2018
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  • I LOVE this recipe. It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious. I have made it several times in the last month, it’s that addictive. This recipe is so much better than anything I’ve ever had in a restaurant. I personally used sliced white mushrooms instead and served with cacio e pepe. Mashed potatoes would be amazing too to soak up the sauce or I’ve also used some soft french bread that I picked up at the store. Definitely give this recipe a try!

    • — Christina on March 1, 2018
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  • I made this dish and it was delicious. I used half and half instead of the cream and it turned out very good. I served it with mashed potatoes and a spinach salad.

    • — Carmen Viada on March 1, 2018
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  • This easy and delicious chicken marsala has become one of our go to weeknight dinners. Simple with only a few steps and then add a salad and you have a not run of the mill satisfying meal that people think you slaved over.

    • — Sandy on March 1, 2018
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  • Hey Jenn, I’ve made a few of your dishes and every single one is amazing! Absolutely loved this chicken marsala, just served it with a parm mashed (not your recipe but thanks for the idea), and the French string beans. Will definitely make this again! I made this as written but I didn’t have a mallet so I just cut the chicken in half and then finished the cook in the sauce. The best advice I could give to someone is to precut and measure everything beforehand so it’s easy to put together. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • — Victoria on March 1, 2018
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  • Delicious. Easy to make.

    • — Kathy on March 1, 2018
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  • I have made this recipe twice in the past two weeks. First time, I made it with the Marsala wine I had on time – it was good. Second time, I bought DRY Marsala wine and that made all the difference. My suggestion is to skip the Gallo or whatever American Marsala you will find and search for the Italian dry Marsala. It is a deeper color and the resulting sauce is much more delicious.

    Shout out to the reviewer who said to up the amount of sauce – I used 1 cup each: wine, chicken broth and cream and extra mushrooms! And I did not pound the chicken breasts – I took frozen breasts, thawed for about 30 minutes and then using a very sharp boning knife (a 6 inch utility knife would also work) and cut them fairly equally in half. Took a minute or two to cook.

    Finally, I made the dish and hubby was still outside working so I covered the stainless steel fry pan with the thickened sauce and chicken and put it in a 275 degree oven to hold until dinner was ready. Still delicious. Based upon the holding in a warm oven, I think this could be a way to make ahead and serve for company. 🙂

    • — Margaret on March 1, 2018
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    • I agree about the Dry Marsala wine. It makes all the difference! I got Cribari and it is wonderful. I’ve tried the Holland House Marasala Cooking “Wine” in the past and it didn’t taste the best but buying Marsala from the wine aisle truly makes all the difference.

      • — Christina on March 1, 2018
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    • Great to hear because I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a bit ahead of time. Having dinner guests that I don’t know very well and don’t want to be standing there cooking while entertaining. I have a warming drawer. How long did you keep it warmed?

      • — Linda Soucy on May 5, 2018
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  • This is seriously delicious! I’m making it again tomorrow night just as written. Thanks Jenn!

    • — Sammy on March 1, 2018
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  • Easy to follow and absolutely delicious. Whenever I’m in need of a recipe I look for one here first because each and every single time I have used one of your recipes, it’s been an absolute dream.
    I wish I could post pictures of every single dish you have helped me make. Thank you so much for making me a better cook. I think my family loves me a little more 😉

    • — Cici on March 1, 2018
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  • This was AWESOME and easy! I served it with egg noodles and my whole family loved it. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know that any recipe I try will turn out perfectly. Thank you Jenn!

    • — Jessica G. on February 27, 2018
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  • Jen we really enjoyed this meal. My question is there a substitute seasoning for Thyme? Some thought it a little to strong.

    • — Scott on February 25, 2018
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    • Sure, Scott – you could try sage or just leave the herbs out entirely.

      • — Jenn on February 26, 2018
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  • Yum!! This recipe was fabulous just like all the others on this site! Probably my favorite! (Next to the Enchiladas!)

    I served this over white cheddar cheese grits with a roasted aspearagus as a side! So yummy!!

    I would double the sauce and mushrooms next time!

    • — Liz on February 22, 2018
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  • I have to say that I can COOK!!! Only because of you and your recipe for Chicken Marsala! I just finished two helpings myself!! My teenage daughter said, Mom this belongs in a restaurant!! I have never heard that before. Thank you so much for this flavorful and easy recipe. I will definitely make it again.

    • — Patricia Brown on February 20, 2018
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  • Jenn – Another winner! I made chicken Marsala for our Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a huge hit and I will be making it again I’m sure. It took a little longer to prepare than I had thought it would but it was so worth it. Now that I’ve done it once, next time will be a breeze. And next time I am going to double the amount of mushrooms – totally yum!!

    • — Jan Weston on February 20, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I made the chicken marsala and I thought I followed the directions correctly. The dish tasted very good, but the sauce looked like it separated a little. The only thing that I did differently was that I used half and half as I did not have heavy cream. Would the difference in the fat content have made a difference in the appearance? Other than that the dish tasted very very good.

    • — Mary on February 20, 2018
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    • Hi Mary, Yes that would explain it – this recipe definitely needs the cream to thicken properly.

      • — Jenn on February 20, 2018
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  • We rarely cook. We eat out most of the time. But for Valentine’s Day, we decided to stay in and try to make something, and found this recipe. I would say that we are die hard foodies, and this dish beats most of the dishes we get when we eat out in the North End (Italian neighborhood in Boston). This prob ranks in the top 2 chicken marsala dishes I’ve had in my life…the other being at Pete’s Diner in NYC which alas is no longer.

    • — David on February 19, 2018
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  • She is right – use a stainless steel pan or cast iron to get the right browning of the chicken. Great taste and I would up the marsala, chicken broth and heavy to 1 cup so there is more of that delicious sauce.

    • — Jay on February 14, 2018
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  • This was absolutely fantastic!! Six stars!! Tasted even better reheated! Thank you Jenn!

    • — Sandy on February 14, 2018
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  • Chicken Marsala is my husband’s favorite Italian dish and he rated this better than that of any restaurant. I had to substitute sweet onion for the shallots and i/2 and 1/2 for the cream so it wouldn’t be too rich for his delicate stomach. Delicious! I had no problem with the 1/2 and 1/2 as I added it after the wine and broth warmed. A few sprinkles of Wondra flour assured the sauce would not be too thin.

    • — Sally on February 14, 2018
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  • This was absolutely delicious. I used bella mushrooms (not button) and a good quality Marsala. This is the only recipe I’ve found that tastes the way Chicken Marsala should taste! I could eat it every day!!! I suggest allowing a bit more time than the recipe states if, like me, you have thinner chicken cutlets and need to cook them in two batches.

    • — LorraineM on February 13, 2018
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  • Can this be made ahead (eg in the morning) and then served warmed up in the evening? If so, what would be the best way to warm it up without making the chicken tough?

    • — Susan Kemp on February 13, 2018
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    • Hi Susan, I wouldn’t recommend making this ahead – it’s really best served right after it’s cooked – sorry!

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2018
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  • I made this a couple of nights ago. It’s easy to make and was absolutely delicious! The leftovers the following day had an even better flavour! I really appreciated having the amounts of salt and pepper because I nearly always under season and my husband didn’t need to add salt as he always does. I served mine with rice. Any suggestions Jenn for other accompaniments? Thanks for the delicious food.

    • — Jacqui Posener on February 13, 2018
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    • So glad you enjoyed this! This would pair nicely with Parmesan Smashed Potatoes and French Green Beans with Shallots. BTW, I have a relatively new feature on the website– for all main dishes, I suggest one or two sides that I think would pair nicely with them. To see what I’ve suggested, scroll to the top of the recipe page and, immediately under the recipe title, you’ll see a bar with several options, one of which says “pair with.” If you click on this, you’ll see the sides I’ve suggested.

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2018
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  • Thank you for all the recipes you share.
    Every one has been so wonderful and has received raves every time I’ve made one.

    • — Eileen Daly on February 13, 2018
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    • You’re very welcome – glad you’re enjoying them! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2018
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  • I made these last weekend and we loved them! Full of flavor and so easy to prepare- served them with buttered noodles and steamed asparagus. I’ll definitely make again!

    • — Kathleen on February 13, 2018
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  • I made this for the first time. Seems I am always looking for something to do with boneless chicken breasts and this looked appealing. The directions and pictures were very clear re “how to”, easy to make and delicious; the dish turned out perfect! We all loved it and will definitely make it again. I stayed true to the recipe. Thank you.

    • — Dyan on February 13, 2018
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  • I have some nakke filet (pork neck slices) but no marsala. Would port wine work?

    Thanks
    Marq

    • — Marquita Hammeken on February 9, 2018
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    • Hi Marquita, I haven’t tried this with port wine, but I think it should work. Would love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on February 9, 2018
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      • Hi Jenn,
        The chops themselves were very good, the sauce itself was not as sweet as marsala. I think if I had used chicken instead it may have worked better. it lacked the sweetness.
        Thanks,
        Marq

        • — Marq on February 10, 2018
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        • Hi Marq, If you prefer a sweeter Marsala, you might try a sweet Marsala wine.

          • — Jenn on February 10, 2018
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  • Made this for my husband’s birthday and he raved for days about how tasty it was.

    • — Pamela on February 9, 2018
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  • Delicious! Even my son who is not a chicken fan liked this dish.

    • — Laura Kargov on February 8, 2018
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  • We loved everything about this recipe! We bought a bottle of Marsala but had everything else on hand. My husband and I enjoyed making this dish together. We cut the chicken into smaller pieces (just a personal preference) after pounding it thin. The directions and timing were spot on and the sauce was so flavorful. As suggested, we served this with some steamed baby red potatoes and green beans. Leftovers were served over rice. We will definitely make this again.

    • — Liesel on February 5, 2018
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  • Wonderful!!! I’ve made Veal and Chicken Marsala before but this seemed simpler for some reason and just as delicious. I used the tenderloins, which also made it easy. Jenn your recipes are fantastic! And I don’t have to look for obscure ingredients or spend hours in preparation to produce incredible dishes that are husband approved. This is my go to sight now.

    • — Belinda on February 3, 2018
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  • My husband says this is the best thing I’ve ever made!

    • — Kelli Belvin on February 3, 2018
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  • Best chicken Marsala i’ve ever made. Excellent recipe,

    • — Barb on February 2, 2018
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  • Another winning recipe! Delicious. Followed the recipe exactly, except that I let the chicken simmer in w/ the wine & broth while the sauce was reducing, and then added the cream towards the end. (just wanted to be sure the chicken was cooked through). I don’t know if this changed the sauce, but it was delicious. Will definitely make again.

    • — Stephanie N. on February 2, 2018
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  • I made this for my wife, and she loved it. I used up what was left in my bottle of Marsala wine, and she wants me to make sure I always have a bottle on hand. I’m wondering what else I could “Marsala” in addition to chicken, perhaps a firm white fish?

    • — Tom on February 2, 2018
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    • Glad you all enjoyed it, Tom. You could definitely use a firm white fish; veal or pork cutlets would be good too.

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2018
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  • Bomb. No surprise though, even though I made a zillion changes- seriously wanted to lick the bowl. Used twice the amount of broth because I didn’t use wine. Used mostly milk with a bit of Greek yogurt instead of cream. Used dried thyme (1/3 the amount).

    • — Joy on February 1, 2018
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  • This dish was so delicious! My husband loves Chicken Marsala so I thought I’d check your recipes and found it. So easy to do, your directions and how to photos are so well laid out, unpretentious and great! I served this with French green beans & buttered fettuccine noodles. This one is now in our “excellent recipes to always use” folder.
    I also made your Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes and WOW-SERS! My spouse liked it so much, he shared his delight with our small group meeting yesterday. He went on about it, “she hit it out of the park”, etc. I was embarrassed but pumped. My friends asked for your website. The changes: we only had ¼ c of Marsala wine so used that with ¾ c dry white wine. I didn’t have beef broth so used chicken. Jennifer, I am finding out I just simply can’t go wrong with your recipes, I’m sold! Thanks!

    • — Liz on February 1, 2018
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    • 😊

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2018
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  • This recipe is easy to prepare and delicious! It’s the first time I cooked with Marsala wine, and the dry wine wor,ed well. Some other recipes recommended sweet and it was confusing. Thanks, Jenn, for your guidance And the fantastic wonderful recipe!

    • — Linda Goodwin on February 1, 2018
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  • Fabulous! My family immediately responded to this dish with a resounding ‘YUMMM’ around the table ( and we all know how great that feels 😉
    Another great chicken dish to add to my go-to list!

    • — Jules on February 1, 2018
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  • The recipe came together very well; looked great. However, I found it a little too rich for my taste. Probably the cream in the sauce. Has anyone tried it with half and half instead? I would love to make this again with less effect on my digestive system. Thanks for any input

    • — Selma Tannenbaum on February 1, 2018
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    • Hi Selma, You could definitely use half and half, although the sauce won’t thicken as much. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on February 1, 2018
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      • I tried this with half and half last week and it did not work. It curdled which left bland flavor and off texture. May try it without cream next time. Used marsala wine from Trader Joe’s which also seemed lacking in flavor.

        • — Kristen Langguth on February 6, 2018
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        • Good to know that the half and half gave you lackluster results – thanks for weighing in – I’m sure other readers will appreciate it (and sorry to hear this was not a total success for you)!

          • — Jenn on February 6, 2018
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  • This dish was so good! My husband requested that I make Chicken Marsala and I’m so glad that I checked this website for a recipe. I’m making your Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes today!
    I just can’t go wrong with your recipes! Thank you!!

    • — Pam hartman on January 31, 2018
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  • I just made this and served it with gnocchi and green beans. I think I was a little too impatient with the sauce and it didn’t quite thicken as much as I hoped BUT I’m not upset because it tasted fabulous. I took Jenn’s advice and cut my chicken breasts horizontally and they cooked evenly and quickly. Also only had dried instead of fresh thyme, no matter it was still gorgeous.

    Thank you for all your recipes Jenn, they’re always wonderful!!

    • — Ellen on January 30, 2018
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  • I’m on a marsala high…This dish was SO GOOD! I literally just finished eating and I had to tell someone how good it was. I’ve made a lot of Jenn’s dishes and this one made me feel like a solid chef. Chicken was perfect, sauce was balanced…I have no complaints. I added 2T of arrowroot at the end with 1/2 T (ish) of flour to thicken a little more. I didn’t want to sacrifice anymore liquid. Sides were long-grain white rice and broccolini. *typical italian finger to lip kiss* Oh, I happen to use buttermilk because that’s what I bought and forgot I needed the heavy cream. That may have been factor of needing to add thickener. I’ll make with HC next time, but just know, if you run into the same predicament, buttermilk ain’t too bad either. Can’t wait for the cookbook to get here!!

    • — Arielle on January 29, 2018
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  • SO SO SO good! I only had 1% milk, so I thickened the sauce with some Wondra flour and it turned out perfectly (and I only cooked the sauce for about 7 minutes). I served with roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Both my husband and my toddler thought it was delicious and asked for it again soon.

    • — Elizabeth on January 29, 2018
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  • This is amazing! I’ve made it twice already and it will certainly go into my regular repertoire. I served it once over egg noodles and once over riced cauliflower–you definitely want something to soak up the delicious sauce!

    • — Jayne on January 28, 2018
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  • I made the chicken marsala and it was fabulous! A definite do again!

    • — Colette on January 28, 2018
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  • I made this for a dinner with my inlaws, everyone enjoyed it. It’s very easy and quick if you’re looking for something fast and impressive to serve company.

    • — LMP on January 28, 2018
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  • I have made this twice now! It is the most delicious chicken Marsala that I have had anywhere even my husband and mother in law agree. So easy to make, instructions are very easy to follow. I feel like a 5 star rated chef when I make this! Thank you so much for all you do to help the Home cook feel like a gourmet chef and baker!!

    • — Anita Beckett on January 26, 2018
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  • I made your delicious Chicken Marsala recipe, and it was absolutely delicious!!! My husband and son could not get enough. I made a double batch of the sauce because I made pasta noodles as a bed for the chicken, and the sauce became a base for the noodles, as well. I also added baby Bella mushrooms in addition to Cremini, and it made a delightful tasting sauce. Thanks Jenn, for the great recipe. I can’t get enough! It is definitely a keeper!

    • — Frances Elia on January 26, 2018
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  • Would using a cast iron skillet work? I’ve been using mine a lot lately. I know it can get hot and hold heat so perhaps it would be a bit drying of the chicken breasts?
    Thank you!

    • — Holly on January 26, 2018
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    • Hi Holly, As long as your cast iron pan is well seasoned, it should be just fine. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 28, 2018
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  • I made this last night for dinner and it was amazing! served with orzo tossed with my best olive oil and fresh asparagus.
    My husband loved it!

    • — carmel on January 26, 2018
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  • These is a wonderful dish. I want to make it for 8 people – do I just double everything? I have preordered your book at Amazon.
    Your recipes are great and I am a senior citizen who still loves to cook.

    • — Bernice Chesley on January 25, 2018
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    • Hi Bernice, So happy you’re enjoying the recipes — and thank you for your support with my cookbook! Yes, you can just double everything and of course you’ll need to cook the chicken in two separate batches. Hope it turns out well!

      • — Jenn on January 25, 2018
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  • Possibly the best chicken recipe I have ever cooked. Wow! The whole family loved it. Thank you for another amazing meal.

    • — Leah N. on January 25, 2018
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  • I made this recipe the other night with one substitution, I used thin sliced boneless pork chops. I did not bread them, just browned them. Everything turned out fabulous! My kitchen smelled wonderful, the dish tasted incredibly good. Paired it with basil risotto, it was heaven! A bit of work, but well worth it! Thank you!

    • — Donna Wickerham on January 25, 2018
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  • An interesting happening…I made Chicken Marsala using a 5-star recipe from the Food Network and it was a real disappointment!! Since there are just two of us, I saved 3 pieces of the browned chicken to eat as leftovers the next day. Then, I received your email and saw your recipe (which was very different from the other) and decided to make Chicken Marsala again the next night using your recipe. Your recipe did not disappoint, the result was night and day different and absolutely delicious even using my leftover chicken breasts!! I will be making this again for guests. Your recipes never disappoint and I am always excited to receive them in my email. Looking forward to your cookbook! Thanks Jenn!

    • — Loretta Kayser on January 25, 2018
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  • OMG! Another big hit! I made this recipe on Sunday and my husband and I loved it! I can’t wait to get your cookbook! I preordered it last year. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. We enjoy making and eating them!

    • — Lisa on January 25, 2018
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  • I loved this recipe. As a matter of fact every recipe that I try that’s yours I love. If you put it out there I know it’s going to be good. I told my daughter I wanted her to come over for dinner this week because I want to cook this for her. It Is Absolutely EXcellent!!!

    • — Cheryl on January 25, 2018
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    • 😊

      • — Jenn on January 25, 2018
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  • I made this recipe and it was great I would say that the next time I make it, I will use a stainless steel pan to ensure the chicken browns. Also, in my impatience for the sauce to thicken, I added some cream cheese which did not change taste but did for the consistency. The next time I make, I will add some patience and prepare according to recipe.

    • — Denise on January 25, 2018
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  • This recipe was absolutely delicious! I had never had chicken Marsala before and wanted to take a stab at it. Seriously so good and easy! I’m pretty sure this will be a go to meal of mine!!

    • — Brittany on January 25, 2018
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  • I made this earlier this week and, as I was eating, thought to myself, “This is one of the best recipes I’ve ever made!”. I blushfully admit to literally licking my plate clean! : ) Thanks, Jenn, for another wonderfully delicious meal – you never disappoint!

    • — Jamie on January 25, 2018
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  • Just made this for the first time. Yummy!

    • — Cathy S. on January 25, 2018
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  • Question: why did you add the cream so early in the cooking process? Most recipes like this want you to reduce the wine and broth, then add a smaller quantity of cream to finish. Am curious why you opted to do it this way. Thanks!

    • — Christina Stevenson on January 23, 2018
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    • Good question, Christine. I know that’s different than the norm. I used a process of trial and error when I was developing the recipe and found the sauce was taking a long time to reduce; I decided to add the cream in earlier and, because it worked, I just kept it as is. 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 24, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I just made this tonight and it was absolutely delish! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! Thanks again for the recipe!

    • — Colette on January 23, 2018
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  • Thank you again Jenn. Made this last night. (I halved the recipe since it was just my bf and I) It was excellent. (and I had no doubt that it would be)Wouldn’t change a thing.

    • — Alicia Feick on January 23, 2018
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    • fyi – I made with (my version) of mashed cauliflower and your wonderful Brussel sprouts. (i’ll try your mashed cauliflower at some point… mine i just steam, add a little olive oil and a little cream cheese) Hugs!

      • — Alicia Feick on January 23, 2018
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  • I was dying to make this since I saw it on your website. I made it tonight, and I’m happy to report that it was fantastic! I had a big package of chicken so I did two batches. There was plenty of butter and oil left in the pan, so I didn’t have to add any more. Thanks!

    • — Carol on January 22, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,
    The marsala that you used is it dry or sweet.
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    Arlene Nelson

    • — Arlene Nelson on January 22, 2018
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    • It’s dry Marsala. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 22, 2018
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  • I made this last night and it was delicious. I was wondering if I used this recipe with veal if there was anything that I would need to change? Thank you for another incredible recipe.

    • — Traci on January 22, 2018
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    • Glad you enjoyed it! I think it would work nicely with veal with no changes necessary.

      • — Jenn on January 23, 2018
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  • I made this delicious dish. Can I make it ahead of time like in the morning of serving?

    • — Hugh Jory on January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Hugh, I do think this is best made right before serving but leftovers do reheat well, so you could probably get away with it.

      • — Jenn on January 22, 2018
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  • Tried this and love it. Easy to make and so delicious

    • — Hugh Jory on January 22, 2018
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  • Another thumbs up after a OUAC dinner! This was delicious!
    I only had oyster mushrooms but they tasted just fine with the sauce.
    I served it with potatoes and steamed broccoli. Perfect meal! This would be so easy to make ahead for a dinner party!

    • — Karen on January 21, 2018
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  • How can I make it wheat and gluten free?
    I have subs for the cream based on readers feedback. I’m on gluten, wheat and dairy free for 6 weeks.

    • — diane on January 21, 2018
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    • Hi Diane, you can use gluten-free flour in place of the all-purpose here, and just make sure the chicken broth you use is gluten-free. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 21, 2018
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  • Just excellent! Easy, tasty and good enough for guests! Had no Marsala and, after consulting Ms Google, I substituted a slurp of cognac and white wine to give the same volume. Worked well 😋

    • — Margaret Regnault on January 21, 2018
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  • Adding to my previous review, I served the Chicken Marsala over angel hair pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a side of steamed broccoli. Delicious!

    • — Glinda Lathan on January 20, 2018
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  • This recipe is excellent – we loved it! Thank you, Jenn, for sharing all of your great recipes❤️

    • — Glinda Lathan on January 20, 2018
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  • Awesome recipe! Made this for the family and it was easy and delicious!

    • — Annak on January 20, 2018
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  • This recipe looks great! I have guests who can’t eat either onion/shallots or garlic. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions?

    • — Sue on January 20, 2018
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    • Hi Sue, If they’re able to eat scallions, I’d suggest finishing the dish off with a sprinkling of them. If they can’t, I would just leave the onions and garlic out (although, unfortunately, I will affect the flavor of the dish).

      • — Jenn on January 23, 2018
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  • Hi Jen:
    I love your recipes so I’m going to give this a try. I do not have fresh thyme right now so if I use dried, how much should I use?

    • — Debbie Rodriguez on January 20, 2018
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    • Hi Debbie, I’d use a half teaspoon. Hope you enjoy it!

      • — Jenn on January 20, 2018
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  • Rich’s makes a non-dairy coffee creamer (frozen) which I have used as a substitute and it works well.

    • — Sharon Zeller on January 19, 2018
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  • I am planning to cook your chicken Marsala recipe for dinner with friends. I need a few suggestions of what to fix that would complete this meal.
    Thank you.
    Patsy

    • Hi Patsy, This would go well with the Green Beans with Shallots and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. Also, I have a relatively new feature on the website– for all main dishes, I suggest one or two sides that I think would pair nicely with them. To see what I’ve suggested, scroll to the top of the recipe page and, right under the recipe title, you’ll see a bar with several options, one of which says “pair with.” If you click on this, you’ll see the sides I’ve suggested. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2018
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  • Hello Jenn,

    This recipe looks great! Will be trying it shortly. Did you use red or white Marsala?
    Thanks,
    Lisa

    • — Lisa on January 19, 2018
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    • Hi Lisa, I have not seen dry Marsala classified as white or red – it is more of a rich caramel color. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2018
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  • Hi Jennifer, Going to make this tomorrow. Could I sub whole milk for heavy cream for a tad lighter sauce? Thanks, Sally

    • — Sally Grave on January 19, 2018
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    • Hi Sally, You can but the sauce won’t thicken up like it would with the cream. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2018
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  • I made this tonight and it was delicious! I used cutlets bc I’m short on time(2 babies) and used the parsley as my greens! Served over angel hair pasta. I also used regular red wine not Marsala and we loved it!

    • — Courtney on January 18, 2018
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  • I have Sweet Marsala wine. Would this be an appropriate substitution?
    Thank you!

    • — Rita on January 18, 2018
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    • That’s fine, Rita – it won’t make a big difference. You may find you need a squeeze of lemon at the end to balance the sweetness though.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • Hi Jennifer,
    I wonder what stainless steel pan you are using for the recipe “Chicken Masala”?and what size?
    Best Regards,
    Marjanne

    • — Marjanne on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Marjanne, I’m using a 12-inch All-Clad pan. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • I plan to make it substituting Trader Joe’s unflavored non-dairy creamer for the heavy cream. Having used it as a substitution before, it adds richness and thickens a bit.

    • Please report back on how it turns out with that!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2018
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  • The recipe calls for dry Marasala wine, but is it red or white?

    • — Stewart Katz on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Stewart, Typically Marsala is not classified as red or white, but rather dry or sweet. Dry Marsala is a rich caramel color. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,

    The dish looks great and I want to try it. However I don’t use any alcohol, so should I substitute it with something else?
    Thanks

    • — Najwa on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Najwa, You can omit the Marsala wine – it won’t be Chicken Marsala but it should still be delicious. You might consider a squeeze of lemon at the end for some bright flavor. 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • Hi, could this dish be made dairy free?

    • — Kate on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Kate, This is a tough one to make dairy-free. You could try replacing the butter with olive oil and replacing the cream with more chicken broth, but the sauce wouldn’t thicken.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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      • What if I used a cornstarch or cup 4 cup (just about the same thing!) slurry to thicken?

        • — Kate on January 18, 2018
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        • Good idea! I’d love to know how it turns out if you try it.

          • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • This looks fabulous but I don’t like mushrooms. Is there a substitute?

    I’ve really gotten back into cooking in the last year and I love your site. Looking forward to your cookbook and some warmer weather this spring!

    • — Lisa - DE on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Lisa, I think you could just leave them out – or thinly sliced bell peppers would be good.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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      • I made this tonight with no mushrooms but followed all other directions and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!

        • — Lisa - DE on January 20, 2018
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  • In your notes, you specify using a stainless steel pan to brown the chicken. I use a cast iron pan virtually for all my cooking…can that be used as well in this recipe?

    • — Aron Green on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Aron, As long as your cast iron pan is well seasoned, it should be just fine. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, We love your recipes! I’m wondering if you have any ideas on how to make this recipe dairy free as I don’t mix meat and dairy together?
    Thanks, Sharon

    • — Sharon on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Sharon, So glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Unfortunately, this recipe is very reliant on the cream, both to thicken the sauce and mellow the flavor. You could try replacing the butter with olive oil and replacing the cream with more chicken broth, but the sauce wouldn’t thicken.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I’ve made quite a few of your recipes and love them all! I’ve preordered your cook book for all of my sisters. One for me, too, of course. I just wondered if I could make this recipe right before my guests arrive and keep it warm in the oven until we eat.

    • — Cindy on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Cindy, Glad you’re enjoying the recipes! I think that’d be fine as long as it’s not in the oven for too long, otherwise the chicken will overcook. You could also just hold it at room temp for 30 minutes or so, then reheat.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • I think your photos are wonderful. Every step is clear. I must also add…delicious.

    • — Betsy on January 18, 2018
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    • Thanks, Betsy – glad you like them! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,

    Could you offer some advice for altering the recipe for people who can’t do dairy?

    • — Mimi on January 18, 2018
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    • Hi Mimi, Unfortunately, this recipe is very reliant on the butter and cream, both to thicken the sauce and smooth the flavor. You could try replacing the butter with olive oil and replacing the cream with more chicken broth, but the sauce wouldn’t thicken.

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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  • What would you pair this with ?

    • — LeeAnn on January 18, 2018
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    • This would pair nicely with French Green Beans with Shallots and Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. And just a heads up that I have a relatively new feature on the website– for all main dishes, I suggest one or two sides that I think would pair nicely with them. To see what I’ve suggested, scroll to the top of the recipe page and, immediately under the recipe title, you’ll see a bar with several options, one of which says “pair with.” If you click on this, you’ll see the sides I’ve suggested. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 18, 2018
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