Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala

The Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala is a decadent dish you can prepare. If you love Chicken Marsala, you will love this recipe for tender chicken stuffed with cheese and sundried tomatoes topped with mushroom Marsala sauce.

Homemade Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala on a plate.

Perfect for dinner! Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala

Do you know anyone who doesn’t love to “mangia italiano” at the Olive Garden? The Olive Garden fills you up with delicious home-made-style Italian food whether you come from an Italian-American family or not.

And, don’t forget those all-you-can-eat breadsticks. You may not know that you can make these famous breadsticks and Olive Garden Soup at home.

The Olive Garden is Perfect for Chicken Lovers

Combine the Olive Garden with chicken and what do you get? Delicious Italian-style chicken dishes like the Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala. This Sicilian dish combines delicious, tender chicken stuffed with a flavorful mixture of cheeses and garlic and zesty sun-dried tomatoes.

The rich and creamy Marsala sauce with mushrooms perfectly complements the cheese stuffed chicken. The chicken and sauce are perfect served over garlicky mashed potatoes. Yum!

Ingredients for homemade Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala.

What is Marsala?

Marsala wine is a fortified wine that comes from Sicily. Marsala is perfect for creating rich caramelized sauces with a nutty flavor. There are two basic kinds, dry and sweet.

  • Dry Marsala is used for savory entrées where it adds its distinctive nutty flavor and caramelization to meat dishes. (I recommend the dry Marsala for this recipe.)
  • Sweet Marsala is suited to make very sweet and viscous sauces. It’s used for desserts like zabaglione and some chicken and pork dishes that require a sweet sauce.
Copycat Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala on a plate.

You can substitute the dry variety for sweet Marsala, but it’s best not to do so the other way around. Read more about Marsala.

Marsala Substitutes

If you don’t want to buy a bottle of Marsala and have these other ingredients on hand, you can substitute the Marsala for the following:

  • Dry sherry.
  • 1/2 dry sherry and 1/2 sweet vermouth.
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine mixed with 1 teaspoon of brandy.
  • If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can try the following: 1/4 cup of white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon vanilla extract plus 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar.
Homemade Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala on a square plate.

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Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala

Do you love Chicken Marsala?  You are going to love this upgraded version of the Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Marsala, Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 720kcal


Pan-seared chicken breasts

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Chicken Marsala Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup dry Marsala
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic optional

Cheese filling for stuffed chicken

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced sundried tomatoes


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 

Pan-seared chicken

  • Split the chicken breasts in half horizontally. Season with salt and pepper add olive oil to a skillet and saute chicken over medium heat. The chicken should be almost cooked through; this should take about 4 to 6 minutes on each side.  Set the chicken aside.  It’s best to match up the chicken pieces for assembly.  

Cheese filling

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.   
  • Match the chicken pieces and place a couple of tablespoons between the two pieces of cooked chicken.   Keep the chicken warm by placing it into the oven.  You may want to brush a little olive oil on the top piece of chicken so it does not dry out. 
  • Place the chicken onto a pan and place it into the oven.  

Chicken Marsala Sauce

  • Use the same pan the chicken was cooked in.  Do not wipe out the pan. 
  • Add flour and butter to a skillet, cook for about 1 minute on medium heat. Add Lambrusco brand dry marsala wine, stir until the sauce thickens. Add in heavy cream, and allow the sauce to reduce — season with salt and pepper. 


  • In a skillet add butter, when the butter melts, add the mushrooms. Season mushrooms with a small pinch of salt, and a small pinch of black pepper as they cook.  Saute mushroom until they begin to brown, add them to the wine sauce. 

Chicken Assembly

  • Place a stuffed chicken breast onto a plate, and place marsala sauce over the chicken.  Serve immediately. 



This recipe does take a little footwork in its preparation.
Try to cook the mushrooms at the same time as the chicken in a separate pan. Or you can cook them before you cook the chicken. Lambrusco brand of Marsala wine is a brand recommendation to be close to the Olive Garden’s Marsala wine. Other brands of dry Marsala wine will work.


Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 1704mg | Potassium: 1133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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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  1. Ann

    5 stars
    This is may favorite dish to order at Olive Garden and thanks to Katy, I can make it at home! I’m so glad I tried this Chicken Marsala recipe. Everything in the recipe is well laid out. All of us loved the chicken and the filling was out of this world. Totally worth the effort. Thanks Katy.

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