I must make a confession: Chicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes to make. Olive Garden Chicken Marsala is a true Italian classic, and the Olive Garden Chicken Marsala is likely to be famous around your house.
This delicious dish is made with wine, mushrooms, and chicken breasts. This creates a savory sauce that you won’t want to miss. I like to serve this with polenta, mashed potatoes, or even pasta.
I love to order this dish from Italian restaurants. I love the complexity of this dish. The Marsala wine adds so much wonderful flavor that I know you will adore as much as I do.
I must share with you a tip that I have for this recipe: Make sure you use Marsala wine that is dry and not sweet. (It comes in two varieties).
One of my largest cooking disasters was when I made this dish for someone very special I was dating (someone who would later become my fiancé), and I used the wrong type of Marsala. My wrong choice of wine resulted in a horribly sweet chicken that was inedible.
I remember placing the dish on the table. He took a healthy helping and then took a bite. I looked over and didn’t see the joy on his face. I saw confusion and then came out a semi-polite comment that he liked the mushrooms. I took a bite and thought it was horrible.
Being the lady who creates CopyKat recipes makes me feel like I must always prepare a good meal. I was utterly mortified. I asked him to stop eating the chicken and said I would make other dinner arrangements. We ended up having cheese, crackers, olives, and plenty of wine for dinner that night.
So please, I urge you to look closely at the label when you purchase your Marsala—the dry variety is the one that you want for this recipe.
Here’s what you need:
- Cake flour
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Dried oregano
- Cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
- Chicken breasts
- Dry Marsala wine
I love Chicken Marsala with onions, you can add the onions if you desire, they are optional.
How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Marsala
- Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano and blend well.
- Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until bubbling lightly.
- Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off the excess.
- Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on the first side, until lightly brown.
- Turn over the chicken and add the mushrooms and onion around the chicken pieces.
- Cook for about 2 minutes more, until the chicken is lightly browned on the second side.
- Stir the mushrooms.
- Add the Marsala wine, cover the pan, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
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Olive Garden Chicken Marsala
- 1/4 cup cake flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 cup oil
- 4 ounces butter
- 2 1/2 pounds chicken breasts 4
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 medium sliced onions
- 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine
- Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano and blend well. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until bubbling lightly. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on the first side, until lightly brown. After you turn the breasts to the second side to cook, add the mushrooms and onion (if using) around the chicken pieces. Cook for about 2 minutes more, until the chicken is lightly browned on the second side. Stir the mushrooms. Add the wine, cover the pan, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Note I personally love chicken Marsala with onions, but if you don’t, they are optional.