Chicken Marsala Pasta

15 Reviews / 5 Average
This is another recipe that’s been a family favorite of ours for years. In fact, we like the wine sauce so much we now make enough to go over an entire pasta dish instead of just pouring it over chicken (how Marsala sauce is traditionally served). It would also be great if you added some mushrooms to it, too!
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This dish is also versatile so feel free to switch it up depending on your preferences. It’s pictured with asparagus (that was roasted with garlic and olive oil), but it would also be great topped with steamed broccoli or raw spinach leaves as well. Mushrooms would be another fabulous addition along with some roasted garlic. Get creative and use the ingredients that you have on hand!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this meal. It’s all of my kids favorite meal. Today I decided to trying making it with coconut cream ( from the can) instead of cream ( from a milk) and I’m so happy to say it was delicious. Could even tell the diffence.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. There is really no substitute for the marsala wine flavor. I have seen this suggested in other recipes but have not tried:
      1/4 cup of white grape juice
      1 tablespoon vanilla extract
      2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar

    2. You can use for a non alchoholic substitute
      2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and
      1 tablespoon of chicken broth
      This is the ratio so you can decide how much you need.

  2. I made this for the 2nd time tonight & it’s soooo good! I love how simple it is, too! My family of 7 has cleaned their plates each time w/no complaints…which is rare! Tonight I used a different Marsala Wine than the first time. I got it at a local health food store & forgot to make sure it was dry. It was a bit sweeter than last time, still good, but I prefer the dry I found at fred meyer. Thanks for the delicious recipes! Love so many on here!

  3. Is it possible to prepare this ahead of time and freeze it? I’m trying to find yummy real food meals to make and freeze before I start grad school next month. Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Sarah. I have frozen this for leftovers before. The sauce did separate a bit because of the cream but it still tasted great.

  4. I did not like ths recipe at all. Took over an hour to cook and the sauce did not thicken and it had no flavour. How does something with red wine have no flavour? I usually love a wine sauce but not is. Will not make again.

    1. If you used a Red Wine (as you mentioned in comments) it’s definitely not going to taste great since this recipe calls specifically for Marsala Wine! You can find Marsala Wine at your local grocery store, but it’s likely not going to be a TRUE marsala! Store bought can have a high salt content and not carry choices like dry or sweet. So, as Amy mentions, a trip to the liquor store will be well worth it for a good quality!
      This recipe along with other white meats tend to call for a Sweet Marsala while a Dry Marsala is more so, used with red meats. Hopes this helps and you try this recipe again :)

  5. This was amazing. I used Marsalas cooking wine and added sliced carrots that I softened, cooking in with the pasta. Daughters loved it so much we had to flip a quarter to see who got the left overs the next day for lunch….. YUM!

  6. Did I do something wrong?? The sauce was SUPER sweet. Like inedible, sweet. I can’t see what I did wrong. Has anyone else had this result?

  7. I make it similar, but without the cream and wine. I bread the chicken and cook in the pan with oil. I then add chicken stock/broth as the chicken continues to cook. Once completed, I remove the chicken, add more stock/broth and I add flour to thicken. It’s much lighter and more convenient for me since I rarely have cooking wine and cream in the house.

  8. This sounds delish , but the USDA website states that 85% of the alcohol is retained when alcohol is added to boiling liquid and then removed from the heat and if simmered for 15 minutes then 40 % is retained. That is a lot of alcohol when the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of wine. This should be considered when cooking for the family.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this last night using chicken tenders. I served it with steamed broccoli seasoned with oil, salt, pepper and a little lemon juice. It was so quick and easy and everyone loved it. I would serve this to company. Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Nancy. Yes, you should be able to find it at a grocery store in their wine section, though a liquor store might have a better variety. ~Amy

  10. Hi I am doing baby led weaning with my 9 month old son….can I give this to him even though it has wine?? Anybody know?

  11. 5 stars
    I made this dish two nights ago with steamed asparagus (but I forgot to add the parmesan). It was AMAZINGLY delicious. It was so easy and made a great left-over lunch for me yesterday! This dish will definitely make it into our dinner rotation.

  12. Fantabulous! I can’t say enough good things about this dish. Hubby and the kids gave a two thumbs up!

  13. Hi,
    I have a four year old son and so am just wondering if dishes cooked with wine are possible for him to eat. Would there still be a high alcohol content?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. This is only my opinion, but I’ve never been concerned about cooking with wine and feeding those dishes to my kids. Much of the alcohol cooks off and just leaves behind wonderful flavor. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Lisa. I love using various veggie noodles as replacements in pasta dishes. One of my favorite tools is my spiral-er. Let us know if you try them here. ~Amy

  14. Help! When I poured the cream into the reduced wine, the cream separated… What did I do wrong? It was a fresh carton of cream (half & half).

  15. Delicious! We added mushrooms to ours and I used 2% milk (we are generally almond milk drinkers but I happened to have some 2% in the fridge). My six year old had two helpings then ate his sister’s leftovers and went on and on about how delicious it was. It was so great to hear that kind of language about dinner! We were all impressed and will be making this one again!

  16. Did anyone else have to add extra flour to get the sauce to thicken? It tasted amazing but wouldn’t thicken up at all.

  17. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my husband and 3 year old. It was a hit for everyone! I sauteed garlic, mushrooms and onions which I added to the sauce and also served it with broccoli. Both my husband and my 3 year old LOVED it and can’t wait for me to make it again! Thanks!

  18. Any reason you couldn’t or shouldn’t use 1 pound (local and/or organic) chicken tenders instead iof buying the whole breasts and then citing them up?

  19. 5 stars
    Just started to eat “cleaner” and have tried many of your delicious recipes. This was the easiest and best chicken marsala recipe I have ever used. Eating leftovers for lunch right now. Thank you.