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Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken marsala is usually high in fat and calories. But in this version, the flavor really comes from deglazing the skillet with the broth and wine, so even though I eliminated extra oil, the taste isn’t lost. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine or 3 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice plus 5 tablespoons additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley


  • 1. Flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. Place in a large resealable plastic bag; add salad dressing. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • 2. Drain and discard marinade. Combine the flour, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and pepper; sprinkle over both sides of chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil and butter for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 3. Gradually add broth and wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Strain sauce; set aside. In the same skillet, cook mushrooms in remaining oil for 2 minutes; drain. Stir sauce into mushrooms; heat through. Pour over chicken; sprinkle with parsley. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 247 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch.

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Laylay0308 User ID: 8301362 250298
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"I did not marinate my chicken which for me was the best way to go. I doubled the sauce and added Rosemary at the end then served over pasta."

Michalia38 User ID: 7914002 225430
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"Very good...I made a little extra sauce."

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 222203
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Delicious! Used apple juice instead of wine. Wonderful dinner with hot rice."

badjrsgord User ID: 7743929 58102
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"it was excellent. Very easy to make great flavor and the family loved it."

NanRey67 User ID: 2863716 125198
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Delicious and easy to make served it with a side of ginger sweet potatoes."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 124591
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"This recipe was very good.I made a few changes for our tastes and with the ingredients we had on hand. I did not put the chicken with the Italian dressing.I substituted gluten free flour for all-purpose flour.I also added onions. I will definitely be making this recipe again. It was very tasty!"

pr122158 User ID: 2202955 125193
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"I have never cooked with Marsala wine before, could anyone tell me if it matters if it is a red or white wine? Please give me any advice that would be helpful. Thanks!"

cookie967 User ID: 5153356 125192
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"The chicken was very good but the sauce was just a watery thin liquid. did every thing like recipe called for, nobody even took any of it."

dulce24 User ID: 6847127 146267
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"This recipe is a keeper,it taste like something you would get at a fancy restaurant,I use apple juice instead of the marsala,and served it with pasta and a salad,very good."

navyaunt User ID: 6719591 124580
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"This was excellent. Made the recipe just like it called for. Servered it with linguine. Delicious"

Lyla_C User ID: 6774213 125190
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"Just made this it was fantastic!"

Angelrider65 User ID: 5091434 90828
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"It was quick, easy, and my boyfriend and his dad asked me to make it again, which I"m going to tomorrow night..followed the recipe exactly, it turned out great, if you're a gourmet cook maybe you won't like it but all of us loved it!"

barbwirevt User ID: 5912761 115024
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"I discovered this recipe last summer and have made it many times since. It is easy and delicious. I have had many requests for the recipe as well. I usually make more of the sauce because we love it and I serve it over egg noodles and accompany it with roasted asparagus. Even my pickiest eater (my teenage son) loves it. The chicken is always very tender. I do marinate it overnight in the dressing. You can cut it with a fork! This recipe is a family favorite."

iparks76 User ID: 5763414 61519
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"Very good! This was a big hit with my husband and the kids."

letourneur User ID: 4808752 60257
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"This dish was absolutely delicious (as good as Olive Garden's) and surprisingly easy! I did modify the recipe slightly. Here are my cooking notes:

- Because I threw this together at the last minute, I did not have time to marinate the chicken at all. I just pounded it thin, breaded it, and fried it in the skillet. easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. And I'm a last-minute, easy-cooking kind of person, so this will most likely be the way I always prepare this dish.
- I added about 1 T. Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning to the flour mixture to compensate for not marinating in the Italian dressing.
- The first time I made this, I doubled all of the sauce ingredients so we would have extra sauce for our mashed potatoes, but we still did not have enough. In the future, I will triple the sauce because it's just that delicious! I would happily drink it out of a glass. :)
- I used a slightly more expensive bottle of marsala (about $8 for Florio 375ml) because I wanted to start with the good stuff. My hubby, a wine drinker, thinks the cheap stuff may be just as good for this purpose. I'm skeptical, but we'll try it next time.
- After adding the marsala wine, I allowed the sauce to simmer for 2 minutes as the recipe instructs. Upon tasting it, however, the alcohol on the finish was still quite strong, so I increased the simmer time to 5 minutes before pouring the sauce over the chicken in the casserole dish. There was still an aftertaste of alcohol (I'm very sensitive to that), but I just crossed my fingers and prayed it would cook out in the oven. And it did! Our final product was a gorgeous sauce with just the wonderful, rich flavor of the marsala and not a hint of alcohol to mar its perfection.
Overall, this recipe is a winner. The whole family loves it, and it's relatively easy to prepare. Now, if I could just figure out how to stuff the chicken with cheese like they do at Olive Garden, I'd be in heaven. :)"

landstromd User ID: 2714243 56571
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"Just made this recipe due to watching weight and my family could absolutely not believe it was only 247 calories! They simply loved it. Next time they asked me to double the mushrooms and I also did not strain and discard the "bits." I thought the Marsala wine gave it a flavor very much like what I would expect in a decent Italian restaurant. My family has already asked when we can have it again! easy, healthy, superb!"

madraven4 User ID: 5094099 146266
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This recipe is not only healthy but flavorful. I've made it many times and it's a perminant addition to my collection."

Ladylynn6 User ID: 4763448 64680
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This has become a family favorite! Even my picky kids often ask for this recipe. The marsala sauce is wonderful on top of rice, too."

amiss84 User ID: 4841285 124577
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"just got done making this..was amazing!"

Hawaiianmama User ID: 4855041 124575
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"The Italian dressing really tenderized the chicken and made an excited new version of Marsala, great dinner!"

[email protected] User ID: 702305 206566
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"The cooked chicken was out of this world when I snuck a piece of it, but I wasn't too impressed by the the whole dish when it was put together with the sauce. Perhaps because I didn't have sun-dried tomatoes, but be forewarned if you are replacing with fresh/canned that the taste is sorely lacking. Still good, still would make it again, just not nearly as good as I thought it would be. I WILL be very inclined to simply cook the chicken the way the recipe suggests, that was REALLY good!"

crystalj User ID: 3153599 73806
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I don't use Marsala wine just whatever we have on hand and it always turns out terrific. I'm guessing that it will be very different depending on the brand of dressing you use mine is wishbone Italian. even if it is not "authentic" I don't really care since everyone likes it so much."

mlblomme User ID: 924572 115021
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

"I thought that this was fabulous and have made it several times. It is always a hit with my family!"

Chris Recipes User ID: 2594387 206565
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"Great! I didn't strain bits, they add flavor. Next time I will double the wine/broth mixture, we ate over fettucini."

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 139651
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"Dissappointing- nothing special, not much flavor- I won't be making it again."

ROCKYTOP08 User ID: 1841044 139427
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"I tried this recipe right away when I saw it. It was delicious. I have passed it on to several of my friends already."

mjjones1223 User ID: 2954645 58093
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"Thank you so much for giving an alternative to wine! So many recipes sound wonderful but never give an alternative to the alcohol and unfortunately we are unable to use alcohols in our meals due to health reasons. It was very thoughtful to include an alternative.


Nuhkana User ID: 1528235 144927
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2008

"This recipe sounds like heaven to me. I had this recipe, or at the very least something like it at Olive Garden and loved it, so I am very happy to find this on your site. Now I know this will be great. Thanks!!!!!"

cactuslady User ID: 1762767 60256
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2008

"This is one of our favorite chicken meals. It's healthy, but yummy--our kind of meal. Served with salad and green beans, we have a very healthy meal."

[email protected] User ID: 189002 125187
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2008

"salad dressing? No basil? Paprika? In all fairness to my family, I couldn't make this recipe; they would stop me from cooking for them."

RD2Cook User ID: 1012768 58091
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2008

"This is one recipe I've made again and again. It's simple to make yet so good, it makes a great meal to serve guests. Plus, it's not all that bad for you, so there's no guilt!"

joemdavis55 User ID: 2683949 144924
Reviewed May. 6, 2008

"The Italian dressing and seasonings on the chicken (especially the Italian seasoning) overpowered the Marsala wine sauce. If I made it again, I'd cut back or cut out those items."

gregoryhome User ID: 829342 139586
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008

"This recipe is great! I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch and that really brought out the flavor."

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