The best recipe I’ve found for “chicken marsala” — and it’s yours to enjoy in just 30 minutes! Detailed recipe and photographs included.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- salt and black pepper
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 ounces pancetta (about 3 slices), diced into pieces 1 inch long and 1/8 inch wide
- 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
- 1 medium clove garlic , minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 tsp. tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups marsala wine (**see tip below**)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice (from 1 small lemon)
- 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, softened
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- optional: 1 lb. pasta (I used fettuccine), cooked according to package instructions
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, place large heatproof dinner plate on oven rack, and heat oven to 200 degrees.
- Heat 12-inch heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until very hot (you can hold your hand 2 inches above pan surface for 3 to 4 seconds), about 3 minutes. Pat chicken breasts dry. Meanwhile, place flour in shallow baking dish or pie plate. Season both sides of chicken cutlets with salt and pepper; working one piece at a time, coat both sides with flour. Lift breast from tapered end and shake to remove excess flour; set aside. Add oil to hot skillet and heat until shimmering. Place floured cutlets in single layer in skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip cutlets and cook on second side until golden brown and meat feels firm when pressed with finger, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to heated plate and return plate to oven.
- Return skillet to low heat and add pancetta; sauté, stirring occasionally and scraping pan bottom to loosen browned bits until pancetta is brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towel–lined plate. Add mushrooms and increase heat to medium-high; sauté, stirring occasionally and scraping pan bottom, until liquid released by mushrooms evaporates and mushrooms begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, and cooked pancetta; sauté while stirring until tomato paste begins to brown, about 1 minute. Off heat, add Marsala; return pan to high heat and simmer vigorously, scraping browned bits from pan bottom, until sauce is slightly syrupy and reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, about 5 minutes. Off heat, add lemon juice and any accumulated juices from chicken; whisk in butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in parsley.
- Pour sauce over chicken and serve immediately. (Serve over pasta if you would like.)
Recipe slightly adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Oh wow, this is lovely! I love that deep burgundy color of the sauce. Definitely bookmarking this to try for dinner next week. Thanks, Ali!
Hey Ali, just an update… I made this last night and it was incredible! The chicken was very tender, and the sauce was to die for – definitely a keeper! Thanks for this great recipe.
I agree, you just can’t go wrong with Cook’s Illustrated – I have that same cookbook and love it. This chicken marsala, which I haven’t tried, sounds amazing and your picture is fantastic!
These are some amazing photos! I can’t wait to try this recipe at home!
Just made this, SO yummy!
Everyone in the family loved! Not a lot of work, the pancetta really made it special. Love CI as well. Thanks for posting.
T his is the best When I go to a resturaunt and order chicken Marsala they never put enough Marsala in the recipe you can hardly taste it , so I no longer order it.
Never tried Chicken Marsala, have always heard of how delicious it was but just never chose this dish. After looking and reading this post I think it’s time….and what better way to try it than homemade! Thank you for this recipe!