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Chicken Marsala Sauce

This easy chicken marsala sauce comes together in just 30 minutes and can be enjoyed right away with pan-fried chicken or stored for later use.

chicken marsala sauce in pan with chicken breasts

Chicken Marsala is one of those dishes you get in a fancy restaurant and think there's no way you can replicate it at home. Oh, but you can!

We're going to show you how to make the sauce for this fantastic Italian/American dish so you can whip up dinner on the fly. While this sauce is best enjoyed fresh, you can still prepare it ahead of time with our tested tips. We'll go over that down below.

Our chicken marsala sauce features fresh baby portabella mushrooms, shallot, Marsala wine, and chicken stock. It's cooked in a skillet with a little flour to thicken it and it's truly one of the best sauces we've made.

If you are vegetarian, you can make this sauce with vegetable stock and serve it over linguine or roasted potatoes. Let's go over how to make it.

overhead of chicken marsala in white pan

Chicken Marsala Sauce Ingredients:

The sauce is made with just a handful of ingredients and can be adapted in a variety of ways.

  • Butter: Because any great sauce starts with butter.
  • Mushrooms: We like to use baby portabella. You can buy them already sliced or whole.
    • Crimini, button, or shiitake mushrooms are also a popular choice.
      • You can also use a combination of any of the mushrooms listed above.
  • Shallot: They are milder than onion and won't overpower the sauce.
  • Flour and salt: You need just a touch of flour to thicken the sauce slightly and the salt will enhance the flavors.
  • Marsala wine: Look for a dry Marsala. It will add a nutty flavor which pairs wonderfully with mushrooms.
    • Gold or Amber Marsala will work best.
      • Avoid sweet Marsalas! They are not meant for savory dishes.
  • Chicken stock: Regular or low sodium will work for this recipe.

You can make this simple chicken marsala sauce in:

ingredients for chicken marsala sauce

How to make chicken marsala sauce:

It's insanely easy to make homemade chicken marsala sauce.

  1. Cook the mushrooms & shallot. Cook them with butter over medium heat until the mushrooms cook down and the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the flour and cook a few minutes longer.
  2. Simmer with wine and chicken stock. Stir in the wine and stock then cook until it has reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in more butter.
  3. Serve immediately with chicken or cool to room temperature and store for later use.

How to serve chicken marsala sauce:

Marsala sauce can be served in any of these ways:

  • With chicken: The most common use!
  • With noodles: Pour it over linguine noodles.
  • With vegetables: Drizzle it over mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice.
chicken marsala sauce on wooden spoon

Easy chicken marsala sauce recipe variations:

If you would like to change things up, feel free to try these:

  • Add cream: Adding cream will mellow out the flavor of the wine.
  • Add chopped parsley: Sprinkle a bit over the finished sauce.
  • Add garlic: Cook a teaspoon of minced garlic with the mushrooms and shallot.
  • Add fresh thyme: Stir in a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves while the mushrooms are cooking.
  • Ground mustard: Stir in a teaspoon of ground mustard.
  • Add bacon: Cook and chop bacon then add it to the sauce while the mushrooms are cooking.

How to store chicken marsala sauce:

Refrigerate - Cool to room temperature then store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat over medium-low heat and thin the sauce with a splash of wine and chicken stock if needed.

close up of chicken marsala in pan

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Chicken Marsala Sauce

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This easy chicken marsala sauce comes together in just 30 minutes and can be enjoyed right away with pan-fried chicken or stored for later use.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ½ pound cleaned and thinly sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup Marsala wine
  • ⅓ cup chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Heat the 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a medium-sized skillet until it foams.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms, shallots, and salt. Simmer until liquid evaporates and mushrooms begin to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the flour, cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes. Add the Marsala wine and chicken stock; cook until reduced by half.
  4. Remove from heat and swirl in the remaining butter until melted. Drizzle sauce over cooked chicken. Serve over pan-fried chicken, pasta, or vegetables.

Make ahead tip

  1. Cool to room temperature then store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat over medium-low heat and thin the sauce with a splash of wine and/or chicken stock if needed.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 642mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

Nutritional values here on our recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Claire

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

This is a very good recipe! Easy to make and very tasty. Served it over beef tips and scallops over mashed potatoes. Have already made it twice in 3 days!!

Sauce Fanatic

Sunday 27th of June 2021

That's Awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

J P

Saturday 16th of May 2020

I’ve been using this sauce thin cut pork chops pounded to 1/4 “ dredged in flour. Marsala pork chops. Be sure not to over cook the chops.

Sauce Fanatic

Sunday 27th of June 2021

Thanks for sharing another great use for this sauce!

Nick

Thursday 14th of March 2019

This was the best chicken marsala I've tried!

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