Chicken Marsala
Italian,  Main Course,  Poultry

Classic Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

This recipe follows the Classic Chicken Marsala basics but we gave the dish a flavor jumpstart by browning the chicken in sage brown butter. 

We served ours over a bed of cauliflower rice.  Place chicken breasts over rice, then spoon on mushroom wine sauce.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley.  The sweet smooth buttery goodness that is this amazing sauce makes me happy.

As I mentioned in a previous post, weekly “whole” chicken dinners leave us with goodies to make beautiful chicken stock that we use in recipes throughout the week.  We’ve tried almost every chicken in a pot recipe we could find.  We’d love for you to share how you cook your whole chicken.

All my best,
xo Libby

Chicken Marsala

Classic Chicken Marsala

Libby with Lemony Thyme
The sweet smooth buttery goodness that is this amazing sauce will make you happy.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 2


  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth simmer uncovered over med. heat until reduced by half
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves pounded to 1/2" thickness
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemony thyme finely chopped
  • Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 3 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley rough chopped


  • Preheat oven to 200°F.

For Chicken…

  • Simmer chicken broth uncovered over med. heat until reduced by half.
  • Pound chicken breasts to 1/2″ thickness and season both sides with salt & pepper.
  • Lightly coat chicken with flour.
  • Melt 2 Tbl. butter in heavy skillet.
  • Add 8 fresh sage leaves and cook over med. heat until butter begins to brown slightly.
  • Remove sage leaves and reserve for edible garnish
  • Add 1 Tbl. of olive oil to remaining butter in heavy skillet and brown chicken on both sides.
  • Then remove from pan and hold in warm oven while making sauce.

For sauce…

  • Add shallot to pan and sauté until it begins to turn golden.
  • Then add mushrooms, fresh sage, fresh lemony thyme, salt, and pepper and cook until mushrooms begin to brown.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add Marsala wine and deglaze pan incorporating all the brown bits.
  • Then add chicken broth and cook 6-8 minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add cream at end to finish.


We served ours over a bed of cauliflower rice. Place chicken breasts over rice, then spoon on mushroom wine sauce. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.


  • Tampa Cake Girl

    5 stars
    Your recipe and photo look better than any Chicken Marsala I have ordered at a restaurant. Looks amazing Libby. Pinned and I will try to share it.

  • Lisa Farlow

    Hi Libby-

    I just printed off your Classic Chicken Marsala recipe- looks wonderful! I would like your cauliflower rice recipe, please!!

    Thanks so much!!

    • libby

      Hi Lisa. For the cauliflower rice I chop it fine in the food processor (slightly larger than rice sized). Then I either pan fry it in a non-stick skillet for 4-5 minutes or microwave it it in a microwavable dish, covered with plastic wrap and for 2-3 minutes. Season as you would rice. Enjoy.

    • libby

      Hi Donna,

      I just sent you an email with the method we use. If you don’t receive it let me know and I’ll make a special post for Cauliflower Rice :)

      Thank you for visiting Lemony Thyme.


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