Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms

When you’re craving Italian food, don’t limit yourself to pasta! This flavorful, Creamy Chicken Marsala is topped with a dreamy, mushroom sauce you won’t believe came from your own kitchen!
Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms | Layers of flavor make one restaurant worthy entree!

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Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms

A few weeks ago, on one of the first really crisp fall nights, we met up with some friends at a quaint little Italian spot in Broad Ripple Village. The tables filled quickly as we browsed the menu and sipped our wine. Bill ordered chicken Marsala, one of their specialties. He happily let me eat all his delicious, wine soaked mushrooms.

You may remember he has a faux allergy to what he calls fungus. I’ve heard his “I’m deathly allergic” response so many times over the years. Always said with a smirk to get out of eating foods he’s not fond of like nuts, pineapple, mint and on and on. I was smitten without even tasting the chicken!

Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms | Layers of flavor make one restaurant worthy entree!

Restaurant Worthy!

But I digress. I knew I’d have to recreate this dish at home. Ambrosia’s version did not contain cream, but the addition created a lovely richness to the sauce.  This elegant entree is equally as appropriate for a weeknight meal as it is for a dinner party.  So much depth of flavor layered within each step of this recipe. Reducing the chicken broth, the addition of fresh herbs, the Marsala (did you know wine was a flavor enhancer?) all are key in making one outstanding entree. This chicken marsala with herbed mushrooms will be a dish I make again and again!


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Creamy Chicken Marsala with Herbed Mushrooms

Serves 4     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr



  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 10 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced sage
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme


Preheat oven to 200º.
Pour broth into a sauce pan and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Then set aside.

Cook shallots in 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet, stirring for about a minute until they start to get some color.  Add mushrooms, sage, a bit of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are cooked and start to brown.  Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.
Put flour into a pie plate.  Gently pound chicken till about 1/2 inch thick. I place them in a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour on both sides.  Shake off excess.
Heat olive oil and remaining butter using the same skillet.  Saute the chicken, flipping after first side is browned. 
When both sides have browned and chicken is just cooked through, remove chicken to a heat proof dish. Place it in a warm oven if desired while you make the sauce.
Add the Marsala to the skillet and bring to boil over high heat, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. After about 30 seconds, add broth, cream, reserved mushrooms and cook till sauce thickens slightly.  Add the lemon juice and thyme.  Serve the chicken with mushroom sauce.


Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Gourmet.

Feel free to use all sage or all thyme, but I like the combination of both.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 chicken breast
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 798kcal Calories from fat 401
% Daily Value
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 294mg 98%
Sodium 576mg 24%
Carbohydrate 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 67g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. this is one of my favorite ways to eat chicken I love the lemon too and mushrooms!

  2. The chicken alone already looks very delicious and then that sauce and herbed mushrooms…just gorgeous!

  3. adding this to my weeknight rotation.

  4. This really, really, looks great:@)

  5. Chicken marsala is so delicious and the herbed mushrooms really put this recipe over the top!

  6. We love Chicken Marsala, Liz – now I have another recipe to try 🙂

  7. I have to try this one. I need to buy some Marsala – never purchased it before.

  8. This is definitely restaurant worthy! Beautiful presentation. I just want to grab a knife and fork and start eating.

  9. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says:

    LOVE chicken marsala, that looks delish!

  10. This looks and sounds delicious!

  11. Seriously, the flavours of chicken marsala are the best!

  12. Lucky you that you get to eat all of your husbands “allergies” 🙂 Unfortunately, my husband eats everything so I always have to beg for a bite of his meal. This looks so tasty Liz!! Chicken marsala is a fave dish!

  13. Faux Fungus allergy…! LOL you have us in tears with laughter. This is one delicious meal perfect for family or guests as it is so delicious.

  14. looks wonderful Lizzy !! have a nice weekend!

  15. I just adore these flavours together, adore mushrooms and chicken, so I’d always put my hand up for this.

  16. Chicken Marsala is a favorite of mine and my daughters. I’ll be sure to forward this recipe to her so she can try it as well. It looks beautiful!

  17. Little Cooking Tips says:

    Oh yeah! We’re so trying this one out. When Liz Berg says “Restaurant Worthy!” it goes without saying that it is exactly that, and she has the photos to prove it.
    Thank you so much dear, awesome recipe!

  18. I bet those wine soaked mushrooms were fantastic and I think my Mr. would turn his nose up at them also. He loves mushrooms but says he doesn’t like wine cooked in an entree. We’ll see about that!

  19. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Chicken Marsala is such a classic and one everyone loves : )

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