Friday, August 31, 2012

Quick Chicken Marsala

Quick Chicken Marsala | Bake Your Day

This quick chicken Marsala recipe has become a staple in our house.  Even though it’s simple, the flavors are so rich and deep.  I am salivating as I tell you about it.

Quick Chicken Marsala | Bake Your Day

And I can’t get enough of these little baby ‘bella mushrooms from Trader Joe’s.  These mushrooms might be my favorite of any mushroom.  They have such a deep flavor and are so velvety when they are sauteed.  Disclaimer:  I have just started liking mushrooms in the last couple of years.  Crazy what I’ve been missing.  I still don’t really like them raw, but sauteed in some garlic and olive oil, I’ll eat them with a spoon.

Quick Chicken Marsala | Bake Your Day

Cover them in Marsala wine and I’m in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.  We have made this recipe both with and without chicken and I love it regardless.  I just love the deep flavor that the Marsala brings – it’s slightly sweet at the beginning but the flavor notes just keep going and going and you get a deep punch of savory at the end.  I just can’t get enough, and you won’t be able to either when you see how easy this quick chicken marsala is.  And go ahead and double it because the leftovers are just as amazing!

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Quick Chicken Marsala Recipe

Yield: 2 large servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30 min 2

Total Time: 30 min

Chicken, mushrooms and a rich, savory marsala sauce combined in a simple recipe for a quick weeknight pasta dish.


8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
2 tsp. oil

1/2 cup white onion, diced
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. soy sauce
3/4 cup Marsala wine
1 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. Marsala wine
2 cups cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works wonders here)

Salt and pepper to taste


Cook the pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and a small pinch of salt and cook for 2 minutes, just until soft and fragrant. Add the mushrooms, parsley, oregano and sage and stir to combine. Cook on medium heat until browned and caramelized, about 8 minutes.

Slowly pour in the soy sauce and wine, increase the heat and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked chicken. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Meanwhile, stir the cornstarch with the remaining Marsala wine until combined. With the wine-mushroom sauce simmering, pour in the cornstarch mixture and stir gently until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Serve over the cooked pasta.

We have made this with and without chicken...which removes the "chicken" part of the title, but it's just as good as mushroom marsala. For this adaptation, use 12 - 16 ounces of mushrooms and omit the chicken; this adaptation also creates a vegan mushroom Marsala recipe, which is the way I would prefer to eat it. The chicken is good, but I'd much rather have more mushrooms!

The cornstarch step at the end isn't completely necessary - we just like the sauce a little thicker. Feel free to omit this step.

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46 Responses to “Quick Chicken Marsala”

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — August 31, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    All the flavors here are incredible together, wonderful recipe! I, too, used to hate the actual mushroon but loved the flavor it gave to food. Have a nice weekend!

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    Rachel Cooks — August 31, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    Looks so delicious. We love marsala! I could make it for myself without chicken and just throw some in for Ben at the last second. Perfect!

    • Cassie replied: — August 31st, 2012 @ 8:03 am

      Haha, that is exactly what I do. The chicken is good but doesn’t add anything, I’d much rather have more mushrooms. It’s perfect meatless!

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    Carrie @ bakeaholic mama — August 31, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    I have never had chicken marsala. It looks amazing. I just know my husband would love it!

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    Sheila — August 31, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    My family loves Chicken Marsala! Thanks for reminding me ; ) yours looks amazing. I could never leave the chicken out though…only if I were making it just for me.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 31, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Ohhh yum. Chicken marsala is one of my restaurant go-tos, and this one looks so tasty! All right, finding marsala wine is going on my list of things to accomplish. 🙂

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    Ashley - BakerbyNature — August 31, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I could eat this every-single-night!! Looks wonderful, Cassie!!

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 31, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    YUM! I adore chicken marsala, but my version takes awhile. This looks delish!

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    Bailey — August 31, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Oh! A fellow Kansas Citian -and- food blogger! How exciting 🙂 This dish looks mighty tasty. My husband has a strong aversion to marsala for some reason, but I might just have to try this and force feed him.

    • Cassie replied: — August 31st, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      Yay, I love “meeting” KC bloggers. Going to check out your site now!

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    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — August 31, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Sounds like “the perfect” mushroom. I dont know many people who eat mushrooms raw. Mushrooms are best when cooked in my opinion! I dont know Marsala Wine, though I have hear of it before, yet I need to try it out. Kind of wondering now, how your pasta tastes like.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 31, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I’m thinking I’m going to make this over the weekend! Pasta… wine.. weekend! I’m salavating just thinking about this 😉

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 31, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I’m just wondering what my face would look like all over that.

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    Cookbook Queen — August 31, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I absolutely LOVE meals like this…pasta and mushrooms..I’m IN!!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 31, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes! I love how easy this one is!

  14. #
    Meghan — August 31, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Look at all those gorgeous mushrooms! I already want a bowl & it’s not even noon!

  15. #
    Anna — August 31, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I love simple meals so packed with flavour – this looks lick-the-dish-ish.

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    Angie — August 31, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    I used to make something like this, but it’s been a long time, sounds like I should make for sinner tonight!

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    Amy Tong — August 31, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I know it’s still early in the morning…but looking at your pictures got me craving for a big bowl of Chicken Marsala! hm…I guess I can make some for lunch later on. I love your quick and easy recipe. Happy Friday!

  18. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 31, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    I love the flavors of Marsala, this looks fabulous!

  19. #
    Kathryn — August 31, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Oh this sounds like it has such a great depth of flavour!

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    Whendi Martin — August 31, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    I tried to tell you years ago how good mushrooms really are, but you insisted you knew better 😉 This looks so yummy, I am going to have to give it a try!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 31, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I can see why this has become a staple in your kitchen; this looks fabulous!

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    Tina {My Life as a Mrs} — August 31, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    YUM. The pasta with the sauce is my favorite part about chicken marsala anyway… perfect for me! 🙂

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    Sues — August 31, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    What a great idea! I love chicken marsala and am always up for a quick version of it… The sauce and mushrooms are the best part!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 31, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of chicken marsala, but I hate spending time making the whole darn thing. This, my friend, is being bookmarked! Thanks for sharing!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 31, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Love the flavors in this! And how did you know how that chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes?!

  26. #
    Aggie — August 31, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    Your bowl of pasta is making me very very hungry. Looks SO delicious!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 31, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    I love quick and easy chicken marsalas!! I’m always ravenous when I get home from work so this would work out so perfectly for me to whip up!! 🙂

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    Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} — August 31, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    I haven’t had Chicken Marsala in forever, and this is really making me crave a big bowl of it right now. Looks delicious Cassie!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 31, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    This looks like such a perfect dinner for this weekend!

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    ATasteOfMadness — August 31, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Wow, I think this should be a staple at my house too, this looks fantastic!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — September 1, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Chicken marsala is a favorite in my house! This looks delicious!

  32. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 1, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    I love having quick recipes on hand for nights that are super busy. This chicken marsala sounds great! 🙂

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — September 2, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Hi Cassie! I LOVE baby bellas! And I’m with you. I would gladly give up my serving of chicken for extra mushrooms! This quick Marsala looks full of flavor! I’m going to give this a go one night this week! : )

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    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — September 2, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    This makes me excited for fall! I haven’t made chicken marsala in way too long and I will absolutely be trying your version! I love baby bellas as much as you do!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 3, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    This looks AHHHHHHH MAZING!!!!!! Love it.

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — September 3, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I love this! My husband and I love mushrooms, I tend to throw them into just about everything. I’ll have to pick up some marsala and try this out!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — September 3, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Yum! I hate mushrooms but like chicken so I make mine with only chicken. I’ll have to try it again with mushrooms just so that my husband can try. Poor guy never gets any veggies from me. This really looks great!

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    JulieD — September 4, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I love Marsala…even though my only use of it is in my slow cooker short rib dish…I love that this is quick, Cassie. Looks great!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 4, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I’ve never tried chicken marsala before but this dish definitely looks like it needs to be made. Love it!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — September 4, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Love this, and I can’t wait to give your recipe a try! I am always looking for recipes that I can use with rotisserie chickens.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 4, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    I love marsala. I never make it at home though, not sure why. Probably because hubby doesn’t like mushrooms 🙁 I am going to just have to make it anyway soon!

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    Mushrooms Canada — September 6, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    Mmm this is one of my favourite pasta dishes! Welcome to the dark side Mushroom Lover 😉


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    Jen L @ Tartine and Apron Strings — September 8, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    I haven’t had Marsala in my pantry for a long time! Time to change all that…Hmmm…I can almost taste the sweet wine and chicken and mushrooms in this superb pasta dish!

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    Laura — December 7, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    I just made this and it was very good, though I would recommend doubling the sauce as it was dry. I also added a little cream!

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