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Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala Recipe

Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala Recipe

"This melt-in-your-mouth Chicken Marsala is based on a recipe picked up in a cooking class," recalls Greta Igl in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. "But the basil and splash of lemon are my own touches. We’ve tried this dish in many restaurants, but always agree our homemade version tastes best. It’s so easy…and if we’re lucky enough to have leftovers, they reheat beautifully in the microwave.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine or chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, basil, salt and pepper. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and shake to coat.
  • 2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon butter for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. In the same skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add wine and lemon juice, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by a third.
  • 4. Return chicken to the pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 417 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 4 lean meat, 2-1/2 fat

Reviews for Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Loved this recipe. I added more lemon juice to it and used Marsala wine."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"Nice and tender, but I agree with previous comments, I will double the sauce next time and make it half marsala and half broth."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2015

"This is a delicious recipe! I made this for my boyfriend last night and he was still talking it this morning, lol! He may ask me to marry him now : ) // Seriously though, super yummy, tasty, tender. I served mine over angel hair pasta. Thanks for the recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"Wow! Promptly added this one to my recipe box! You guys are right: double the sauce. I used half wine and half chicken broth for the wine."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"This is my go to chicken marsala recipe. It's perfect for my husband and I and if company comes over I simply double/triple the recipe. The lemon adds a bit of freshness to this recipe which we love. In the winter time I keep a jar of freeze dried basil on hand and it works well for this recipe. I use low sodium chicken stock in lieu of the wine. It is absolutely delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Just made it and it was a hit! Doubled the sauce but husband wanted even more."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"I've made this several times ... what a delicious recipe! My family loves it. I love the fact that it's quick to prepare. Served it with garlic mashed potatoes. I added a little bit more chicken broth and marsala wine so we would have extra sauce for the potatoes. Excellent dish!"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"Taste just like Chicken Marsala Olive Garden. The only thing I did different is I used Oregano instead of basil and 1/4 cup of olive oil with 1 tbsp. butter to sauté the chicken. Very good one of our home new favorites. Thank you for the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This was SO good! I had 4 thinly sliced chicken breast peices so I just doubled the entire recipe. I also used chicken broth instead of marsala wine. My boyfriend loved it and said that it tasted like something he would eat at a restaurant. He's not very into chicken and really enjoyed this! I let the sauce reduce a little too much due to multitasking in the kitchen, but still it was good! Next time i'm going to serve it with garlic mashed potatoes & fresh green beans. :))"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"Haven't made this yet but I'm wondering to double up on the sauce do I just need to double the amount of wine/chicken broth? Or what else do I need to double? Please help I would like to make this tonight for dinner :)"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012


Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I have made this dish a few times and I enjoyed it each time!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"SO delicious, this is a simple go to recipe for me on a busy evening."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"The best Chicken Marsala I've ever tasted. I followed the advise of other reviewers: doubled the sauce and thickened it up a bit with cornstarch."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"Absolutely delicious and easy! Doubled the marsala wine amount to have more sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"wife loved it better then olive garden used white wine in place of the marsala wine"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"I'll definitely be making this again. Who doesn't like a recipe that's on the table so quickly? Like others have said, I needed more sauce to flavor the angel hair pasta."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"I plan to make this tomorrow as it looks and sounds delicious. I plan to make extra, but want to know if I could freeze this for future use. Can someone advise me on this matter? Thanks!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"We made this tonight. Next time we'll double up to make more sauce, but besides that, very good!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This was easy and delicious. Even my picky husband liked it."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Very delicious. I should have read all the comments first to notice that I should've added more wine to get more sauce - just wasn't enough to coat the noodles. But very tasty!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"This is wonderful! I cut my 2 chicken breasts to make 4 and doubled the flour & seasoning mixture, perfect. I kept everything else the same and this will be going into the keep pile :)"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Absolutely delicious. Even my picky-preschool kids ate it. I second the other reviewers recommendations to double the sauce. I also thickened it just a bit with a combo of water and cornstarch."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"My family really liked this especially the chicken it was so tender. I added a little flour and extra basil to the sauce to thicken it a little."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"I was looking for a great Marsala Chicken recipe and based on reviews, I couldn't ignore this one. Tried it and loved it. My 4-yr old is even begging for me to make it again tomorrow, and make enough for leftovers! My only change next time would be to add a little more marsala, or let it cook away less. It seems it disappears almost immediately and there was little sauce for serving. But that was my fault. Tasted excellent. Seasoned sauce with s&p of course."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"This was the first time my daughter and I made Chicken Marsala and it turned out GREAT. It was so easy too! We will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"I doubled the recipe to feed a family of 3 1/2. I served it over a bed of linguine and a side of peas. My 12 mth old just loved loved loved it. I will definitely make this again. Going to give the recipe to my mom, as Chicken Marsala is one of her favorite dishes. She will love it!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"I typically order Chicken Marsala when trying a new restaurant. This recipe was the first that I tried at home. Absolutely Wonderful!!! I will make this often. I doubled the recipe and I added a mixture of corn starch with water to thicken the sauce. Next time I will make more sauce though."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Both husband and I enjoyed this. Had some leftover and chicken was even more tender the next day. Will add more wine (and garlic) to get more sauce next time"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"i have been searching for a recipe that was close to the cheesecake factory's marsala. this is the closest i've ever come. I will make this again with less lemon juice. I also did not use the cheese since I don't care for parmesan. The chicken was very moist, tender and delicious. Definately a keeper."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This was so easy to make and by far the best recipe I've found for Chicken Marsala."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This is by far the best marsala recipe I have ever tried, and I have tried quite a few. This was so simple but came out great, and the chicken is very moist and tender. Next time I will add a little salt to the sauce and use a little more garlic. But this was wonderful, the flavor was great. This will be a new favorite in my house!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.