Olive Garden Chicken Marsala

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.

A plate of homemade Olive Garden Chicken Marsala.

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.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need:

  • Cake flour
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • Butter
  • Chicken breasts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Dry Marsala wine

I love Chicken Marsala with onions, you can add the onions if you desire, they are optional.

Olive Garden Chicken Marsala Ingredients

How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Marsala

  1. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano and blend well.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until bubbling lightly.
  3. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off the excess.
  4. Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on the first side, until lightly brown.
  5. Turn over the chicken and add the mushrooms and onion around the chicken pieces.
  6. Cook for about 2 minutes more, until the chicken is lightly browned on the second side.
  7. Stir the mushrooms.
  8. Add the Marsala wine, cover the pan, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Homemade Olive Garden Chicken Marsala on a plate.

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A plate of homemade Olive Garden Chicken Marsala.

Olive Garden Chicken Marsala

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 720kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 242mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 1195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Angie

    Thank you so much….I loved watching you make this …I loved all the comments in the notes I’m going to buy the Lombardo dry Marsala wine and try to make it exactly like Olive garden it’s my favorite dish in the world I love the flavor of that wine and butter and chicken yum yum

  2. Peggy Hosek

    Saw the comments about soy sauce & molasses. Sounds like a splash of teriyaki sauce would do the trick. Yum!

  3. david monroe

    Stephanie are you out there? i asked about olive garden marsala sauce in late december it is the original marsala sauce not the stuffed .

    • Stephanie

      Sure, I may have missed your original post with the holidays. I think they key here is to figure out exactly what type of Marsala that they use. I understand it is a proprietary wine. I think the recipe and the technique is ok, again the question is to find the right marsala.

    • Jason

      To make the rich Marsala sauce, you are suppose to heat the wine, stirring in pieces of butter at a time while whisking constantly so the mixture doesn’t break.

  4. Hank

    Oh my god!
    I made this today and it was wonderful. I modified a little added 8 ounces of mushrooms half a white onion some extra butter and more wine. I did this because wanted extra sauce for my mashed potatoes. Also served it withe garlic butter asparagus it was so delicious. This was a very easy dish to prep and cook

  5. Hank

    Oh my god!
    I make this today and it was wonderful. I modified a little added 8 ounces of mushrooms half a white onion some extra butter and more wine. I did this because wanted extra sauce for my mashed potatoes. Also served it withe garlic butter asparagus it was so delicious. This was a very easy dish to prep and cook

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