Creamy Chicken Marsala

This is a creamy and wholesome Italian dish which is very easy and quick to prepare. The dish is said to originate from western Sicily in the 19th century with English families, where Marsala wine is produced. A heavy French influence is also suspected together with American influence in the modern version. This will probably explain why Chicken Marsala is more popular in the Unites States than Italy these days. See this article.

The following ingredients will be enough for 4 portions:


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 125ml Marsala wine
  • 200g brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 125ml quality chicken stock
  • 125ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • A splash of olive oil
The ingredients necessary for the chicken marsala


Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep pan or skillet. Add the chicken and fry until lightly brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.

Add another splash of olive oil and sauté the mushrooms for 2 minutes. Add the wine and bring to boil over medium heat to release the alcohol, +/- 5 minutes.

The mushrooms

Add the stock, cream, mustard and garlic and stir well.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Add the chicken, stir through and let it simmer for another 2 minutes.

Serve hot with your favourite starch and add the parsley as garnish.

Scooping the rich sauce over the dish

We enjoyed this with some homemade spaghetti and a 2019 Merlot from De Grendel.

Enjoyed with a beautiful Merlot