I have a secret I am going to share with you. Chicken Marsala is actually very easy to make. It's that category of food that looks intimidating because it has a sauce. However, there are only a few ingredients, and it can come together in about 45 minutes. Everyone should know how to make perfect creamy chicken marsala. So here we go!
My Chicken Marsala Food Memory
Once again, I find myself writing about a memorable food experience. Much like chicken parmesan, I was a late bloomer with chicken marsala. It wasn't something I ever thought of ordering when I went out to eat. My mom, on the other hand, almost exclusively orders this when she goes out to eat. For years, I took her to her favorite chicken marsala place on her birthday.
I'd always take a bite of her chicken marsala and wish I'd also ordered it. Then one year I decided to go ahead and order it myself. I was hooked. That amazing recipe is what I modeled this recipe after. The most luxurious, perfect creamy sauce that is somehow savory and a little sweet at the same time. Typically, at restaurants, you can order this dish with a side of pasta or mashed potatoes. For me, I can't imagine this meal without a side of awesome mashed potatoes.
As it happens, we couldn't go to the restaurant one year because they were closed for renovations, so I decided to learn how to make this meal myself and prepare it for my mom's birthday. I tested recipes and soon realized there were only a few steps to the process, and all were pretty straightforward.
The Quest for Perfect Creamy Chicken Marsala
There are decisions you have to make when you prepare this chicken marsala. What kind of mushrooms? Sweet Marsala or Dry Marsala? How much heavy cream? Should I be using shallots? And in short, that would be: baby bellas (aka crimini), sweet, ½ cup and yes, respectively.
A lot of recipes I've seen for chicken marsala use the dry marsala. I think the sweet works fantastic and I do prefer it to the dry. And take note: there is no difference between the cheap marsala and the expensive stuff - so no need to go crazy with the budget.
I've not seen too many recipes that use shallots or onions of any kind, but I think it adds a needed layer of flavor. Apparently, if you're making "traditional" chicken marsala there is no cream added either. Gasp. I couldn't imagine this dish without it.
I tinkered with my recipe over the years and landed on the one I'm sharing here. It checks all the boxes - thin, tender cutlets, creamy savory and sweet sauce, the mushrooms, the marsala wine, the mashed potatoes. All these flavors come together so perfectly and it's a dinner you can make in under an hour.
Just a few simple steps to a delicious creamy chicken marsala
As mentioned, there aren't too many steps.
- Flour the chicken, brown it in a pan with olive oil and butter.
- Use the same pan to cook the mushrooms - add more butter.
- Add the shallots and garlic and mix with mushrooms.
- Add the marsala wine and chicken broth, reduce.
- Stir in the heavy cream at the end and put the chicken back in the pan to thicken the sauce.
- On a back burner, your potatoes are boiling. Once tender, blend with milk, butter, salt and pepper.
This recipe can hold 6-8 thin chicken cutlets and trust me, you'll be loving these leftovers! It microwaves well for lunch the next day, but you can also put the chicken right back in the pan and simmer on low to reheat which is what I usually do.
Need More Fabulous Chicken Recipes? Here's a Jumping Off Point for You:
- How to Make Perfect Chicken Piccata
- Easy Restaurant-Style Chicken Tikka Masala
- One-Pot Chicken w/Carrots & Fennel
- Stove Top Stuffing Chicken Rolls
- Ina Garten's Chicken Marbella
- Crispy Chicken Thighs w/Honey Garlic Sauce
- Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake
Sometimes we need to slow down in life. I hope that once or twice a day, we can all forget every electronic device we own and just simply exist. And while we are simply existing, let's prepare delicious food for ourselves and our loved ones. Let's talk about our days and share our stories over a delicious, homecooked meal.Print