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.


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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 720kcal


  • 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 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine


  • Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano and mix 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. Flip the breasts and add the mushrooms and onions (if desired) around the chicken. Cook for about 2 more minutes, until the chicken is lightly browned on the second side.
  • Add the wine, stir the vegetables, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.



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

About Stephanie Manley

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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Reader Interactions


  1. Lorie

    Hi just found this recipe. How can you tell if it is a dry wine? I am from a small town where the wine is sold in a grocery store and they don’t know either. I have American Marsala by cribari cellars, is that ok?

  2. Lynn

    a dish my neighbor had gotten from olive garden , beef and noodles and mushrooms with wine , do you have a recipe for that?

  3. disqus_SNzml2rpZ4

    Looks delicious. Going to try this today. Few minor issues: would standard gold medal flour work vs cake flour? And it was difficult to find cheap dry marsala wine without spending over $10.

    • Shannon

      You don’t wanna go cheap with marsala imo. The cheaper you get the more vinegar you get or the more over sweet you get. Hyvee usually has a good selection of wine. U could buy a dry for around 13 or so and a sweet for about 15 to 16 bucks.

  4. Terri Thompson

    I’m trying this for dinner tonight, as it seems like a quicker recipe than the one I usually make. BTW, in response to some of the comments, the old recipe I used called for shallots, beef broth and sour cream. The beef broth and sour cream give it a creamier consistency. This one was posted on my FaceBook page, and it looked delicious!

  5. BooBoolove

    Olive Garden’s sauce seems to have some cream and a touch of Kikkoman soy sauce. Do any former employees know what is really in the sauce?

  6. Dave

    Does anyone have the recipe for chicken and rice from the Cracker Barrel? I just retired and am now trying to cook for my wife. We love their chicken and rice.

  7. Jancy

    I have used this recipe but changed it a bit and it is great, when doing the recipe when it gets to the marsala wine add brown gravy mix, first prepare your brown gravy and add your wine and let it cook through, i make this all the time and yet had no complaints, i also always serve it with angel hair pasta.

  8. jenny

    oh my goodness!!! this was so delicious…my husband enjoyed it so much he would have had no problem with me making it again the next night….even my son loved it! This is what he has requested for his birthday dinner…and it’s only been a week since i made it for the very first time….great recipe..a keeper at our house.

    • Stephanie

      It is wonderful when your family enjoys a recipe. I have a short list of my “no fail” and “crowd pleasing” recipes. Chicken Marsala is one of them.

  9. Amy

    I asked the manager at a Olive garden and she said they put molasses in their Marsala sauce…I don’t know how much.

    That’s an interesting tip, I never would have thought of that. ~Stephanie

  10. Leilani

    This is a great recipe. BUT please note that no onions are included in the list of ingredients, nor in the instructions for cooking. Should they be sauteed first? Please check this out. Thanks!
    Leilani, checked it out, and made the modification. Thanks! ~Stephanie

  11. Richard

    Umm gonna try this recipie tonight, howver i noticed an onion on one of the chicken pieces in the picture above. I will add it to my dinner tonite…

  12. Annette

    I actually got this recipe on here a few years ago and have made it alot. It’s fantastic!! I’ve used regular white button mushrooms, which are great. But I definately prefer the baby bella mushrooms. It’s so good. I would love the recipe for the stuffed marsala also, if anyone can come up with that one!!

  13. Sue Minick

    Just finished making this for dinner and it was very good….a keeper. I used only two chicken breasts and right after I took the chicken breasts out I thickened the sauce with a smidge of cornstarch in water. I put the breasts over linguine and poured the sauce over that……looked great and tasted great. I used baby bella mushrooms for this.

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