Chicken Marsala is a classic Italian dish that combines earthy mushrooms and razor-thin chicken scallopine bathed in a thick, sweet Marsala wine sauce and topped with fresh parsley. It’s easy to make and always a hit! 

Close up shot of chicken marsala on blue background.

Chicken Marsala is one of those classic dishes you’ll find on the menu of nearly every Italian-American restaurant alongside other items like Chicken Francese, Chicken Piccata, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, and Chicken Parm.

The Marsala wine sauce is thick and rich and the earthy mushrooms give great flavor and texture.

Chicken Marsala is easy to make, and is perfect with rice, pasta, and sauteed garlic spinach.

If you love the Marsala flavor, try making Beef Marsala as well!

Ingredients shown: Marsala wine, chicken stock, butter, chicken cutlets, smoked prosciutto, mushrooms, and flour.

For this recipe, you will need chicken cutlets, white button or crimini mushrooms, dry marsala wine, low-sodium chicken stock, olive oil, butter, flour, parsley, and smoked prosciutto.  A bit of cornstarch works well for thickening the sauce.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

  1. Begin by slicing the mushrooms.
  2. Make strips of the prosciutto and then dice them into small pieces as shown in pic 2.
Chicken Marsala recipe process shot collage group number one.
  1. Season the flour with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.  Mix well.  Dredge the thin chicken cutlets into the flour and shake off excess.  Set the dredged cutlets aside onto a baking pan lined with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Saute the speck in a large pan over medium heat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Once the prosciutto becomes crispy (about 5 minutes) add the mushrooms and saute until they release their water.  Remove the mushrooms and prosciutto and set them aside in a bowl.
  4. To the pan add a bit of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.  Add the chicken in batches.
Recipe process shot collage group number two.
  1. After a few minutes flip the chicken.
  2. When the chicken is brown and cooked through remove it from the pan.
  3. To the pan add the Marsala wine and chicken stock.
  4. Turn heat to medium-high and using a wooden spoon scrape the bottom of the pan to remove the flavor bits.  Cook for 3 minutes and let the sauce reduce a bit.
Recipe process shot collage group number three.
  1. Turn heat to low and add 3 tablespoons of butter.  Whisk the butter in and create the sauce.  If the sauce is too thin mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1-2 ounces of water and add the mixture to the pan.  Cook the sauce on medium-high to thicken if using the cornstarch.
  2. When satisfied with the sauce’s consistency, taste test it.  Make final adjustments to salt and pepper then add the chicken, mushrooms, and prosciutto back to the pan.  Cook for 1-2 minutes to warm it through, then remove from heat.  Add parsley and serve.
Large white plate of chicken marsala on wood table.

Top tips

  • Chicken – Use thinly sliced chicken cutlets.  Cutting them into smaller pieces allows more surface area of the chicken to receive the flour during dredging.  This will help thicken the sauce somewhat.
  • Dredging – Season the flour with a lot of salt and pepper or the chicken pieces individually before searing.  Chicken needs a lot of salt.  Also, setting up a dredging station makes the prep process easier.  Placing all the cutlets onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper allows you to more efficiently move onto the searing step.  The same process works even better when making chicken Milanese.
  • Pan – If the pan gets a little brown (you can see mine did in the steps) either clean it midway through cooking or grab another pan.
  • Sauce – Cornstarch can thicken the sauce quite easily.  1-2 tablespoons will do the trick with the amount of liquid the recipe calls for.  
  • Keep the chicken and mushrooms warm – Once these are prepped, just use a foil tent to keep it warm until you’re ready to eat.  All you have to do is add them into the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more to have a piping hot dish.

Spatula holding piece of finished chicken marsala over large platter.


Chicken Marsala can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop at medium to medium-low heat.  If using the stovetop and the sauce is a bit dry add a bit of water or chicken stock (2-3 ounces) to loosen it right up.

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Chicken Marsala

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Classic Chicken Marsala recipe with mushrooms in a delicious creamy wine sauce. The addition of smoked prosciutto makes a great dish even better!


  • 1.5 pounds chicken cutlets thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 pound smoked prosciutto
  • 3/4 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 5 tablespoons butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • In a large shallow bowl mix salt and pepper into flour. Dip chicken cutlets into flour and shake off excess. Set coated cutlets on a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • In a large pan saute the prosciutto over medium heat for 5 minutes in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until they release their water (about 5 minutes). Set mushrooms and prosciutto aside in a bowl tented with foil.
  • In the same pan add a bit more olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook the chicken in batches (about 3 minutes per side) until browned. Work in batches adding more oil and butter if required. Set all chicken aside in a plate and tent with foil.
  • To the pan add the Marsala wine and chicken stock. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to dislodge the flavor bits. Turn heat to medium-high and cook for 3-5 minutes until the sauce is slightly reduced.
  • Turn heat to low and add the remaining butter. Swirl it around or whisk to form the sauce. If the sauce is not thick enough add a slurry of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 ounce of water. Turn heat to high and stir until thickened (about 1 minute). When satisfied with the sauce's consistency, taste test and make final adjustments to salt and pepper levels.
  • Finally, add the chicken, mushrooms, and prosciutto back to the pan and heat through for 1-2 minutes until hot. Top with parsley and serve. Enjoy!


  • Chicken – Small, thinly-sliced chicken cutlet pieces, aka scallopine, work best. 
  • Dredging – Season the flour well with salt and pepper and set aside the dredged chicken pieces for easier cooking.
  • Pan – If the pan gets a little brown (you can see mine did in the steps) either clean it midway through cooking or grab another pan.
  • Sauce – Use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce if required.  1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1-2 ounces of water will be more than adequate.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.1g | Protein: 58.7g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14.1g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 920mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 1.6g | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the second recipe I’ve made from your website, and it’s a home run. Better than any chicken Marsala I’ve had in restaurants. I will make a couple of adjustments(very minor) the next time I cook it to our tastes. Thanks for all the hard work, videos included, I know it isn’t easy.

    1. Hi Valerie, the heavy cream was added in the video but is not part of the written recipe here on the site. This is an older video and Jim will often make adjustments to the written recipe on the website to make improvements. The cream was only for thickening which he finds the cornstarch slurry does a better job (see step 5 of the recipe card for that). It’s always best to go by the recipe here on the site as opposed to the video since the recipes can be tweaked while the videos cannot.

  2. 5 stars
    OMG! I made this Chicken Marsala for dinner. I used thighs I had and skinned, boned and cut in to strips. I dusted with seasoned flower with some corn starch.

    I added a couple of diced scallions at the almost cooked mushroom stage. Otherwise followed the recipe.

    Best CM in 40 years!

    As usual James and Tara produce a great resource.

    Thank you.


  3. 5 stars
    Thank you James for your site. Great instruction and produced well. Wow Love this recipe! Only thing is your video “ My favorite way to make chicken marsala” is different in ways. Addition of garlic. Process different. Is it suppose to be the same recipe? Also the spaghetti sucked up all the sauce. Should this be wetter?