Creamy Chicken Marsala

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Creamy Chicken Marsala – Easy Recipe and cooks in 45 minutes!

Creamy Chicken Marsala is made with crispy pan-fried chicken with sautéed mushrooms in a rich and creamy Marsala wine sauce. It is one of the most famous Italian dishes, is easy to make at home and will rival any restaurant.  

Chicken Thighs or Breast? 

According to, a 3-once chicken breast has about 140 calories and 3 grams of fat, whereas the thigh has about 170 calories and 9 grams of fat. 

Why I prefer to cook with chicken thighs…

The breast is healthier; however, I still prefer cooking with chicken thighs. 

They are a juicier cut of meat, which makes them taste better.  However, this also makes chicken thighs A LOT easier to cook with in recipes.  I am always worried about not cooking my chicken enough, and tend to overcook slightly.  Chicken breasts get dry very quickly.

I have also found that chicken thighs absorb more flavor, making them a better compliment in most meals!   

Most Chicken Marsala recipes call for chicken fillets, or cutlets.  Chicken cutlets or fillets are just a chicken breast that has been cut in half and pounded to an even thinness.  I have cooked Chicken Marsala with cutlets, but find it saves time, and it is easier to cook with chicken thighs.

Do you prefer chicken thighs or breasts?  I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

What to serve with your Chicken Marsala

There are a lot of options that you can serve with Creamy Chicken Marsala; the most common is pasta! Traditionally, Angel Hair pasta is served with Chicken Marsala.  However, we have also served it with egg noodles and spaghetti as well.  

If you are looking to healthy things up a bit, I would recommend trying:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Mashed Potatoes

Substitute for Marsala Wine

Marsala wine is an Italian wine from Sicily.  It and comes in sweet or dry, to make Creamy Chicken Marsala you will want to ensure you have the dry Marsala Wine.  It is usually clearly marked on the label if it is dry or sweet.  If you want to learn more about Marsala wine Wine Folly has a great article all about it!

If you cannot find Marsala wine or do not have it on hand, there are some options to substitute.  However, keep in mind that Marsala wine does have a distinct flavor, so substitutes will change the taste of the dish. 

  • Madeira Wine
  • Sherry
  • 2-parts White Wine/ 1-part brandy

Ingredients for Creamy Chicken Marsala:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Flour
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Dry Marsala Wine
  • Brandy
Creamy Chicken Marsala

Let's Get Cooking! Creamy Chicken Marsala!

To begin cooking Creamy Chicken Marsala, take a large skillet over medium-high heat and begin melting the butter. 

While the butter it melting, combine the flour, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper in a shallow container. Take the raw chicken and coat it in the flour mixture.  Once it is coated place in the frying pan.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Let the chicken cook until browned on the one side.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Once the one side of the chicken is browned, you will flip the chicken and brown the other side. 

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Once both sides are browned you will remove the chicken and place on a separate plate.  The chicken will not be cooked all of the way. 

In the same pan add the some olive oil, garlic and shallots.  Reduce heat to medium.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

When the garlic and shallots have started to brown you will add the diced mushrooms.  Cook the mushrooms until they start to get soft. Once the mushrooms are soft you will add the remaining thyme and parsley.  Stir all ingredients together.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Next, you will want to add broth, wine, brandy and heavy whipping cream. Mix together and bring to a simmer. When the sauce is simmering you will add the chicken back in to finish cooking.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Cook for about fifteen minutes or until the sauce has thickened.  Serve with your choice of base! Enjoy.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

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Creamy Chicken Marsala

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Made with crispy pan-fried chicken with sautéed mushrooms ina rich and creamy Marsala wine sauce. It is one of the most famous Italian dishes, is easy to make at home and will rival any restaurant.  
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 503 kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 oz mushrooms sliced (bella, button or white)
  • 1 shallot medium, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 cup Marsala wine dry
  • 2 teaspoons Brandy
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons parsley
  • salt and pepper


  • Pre-heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the butter.
  • While the skillet is pre-heating, mix together the flour, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 tablespoon parsley, salt and pepper. Mix together.
  • Coat each chicken thigh in the flour util coated evenly. Place the coated chicken in the heated skillet.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes until the chicken is golden brown, flip and cook for about another 5 minutes until golden brown on the other side. Remove the chicken and place on a plate. THE CHICKEN WILL NOT BE TRHOUGHLY COOKED.
  • Reduce the heat on the skillet to medium. Add the olive oil, minced garlic and shallots. Cook until they begin to turn brown.
  • Once the garlic and shallots have started to brown, add the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms about 5 minutes until softened and add the wine, brandy, heavy whipping cream, remaining thyme and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a slow simmer and add the chicken back in. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Serve and enjoy!
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