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!
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!
106 thoughts on “Chicken Marsala Pasta”
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.
Wow tho was so easy to make and it was delicious. My whole family loved it. Thank you for sharing
The photo shows chicken breasts but it calls for strips?
Hi. She cut the breasts into strips. You will see that in the instruction on the recipe.
I don’t drink wine.. Is there something I could use as a good substitute? Thanks
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
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.
My whole family loved this meal!
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!
I was not impressed by this meal. The sauce was not good :(.
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!
Hi Sarah. I have frozen this for leftovers before. The sauce did separate a bit because of the cream but it still tasted great.
This was really good! My husband loved it too! Thanks! Definitely will make again.
The whole family LOVED this!! Yay REAL food!
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.
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 :)
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!
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?
Hi Laura. It should not have been really sweet. Did you use a dry wine?
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.
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.
Omg, this was amazing!
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!
Can you buy the Marasala wine at the grocery store?
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
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?
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.
Fantabulous! I can’t say enough good things about this dish. Hubby and the kids gave a two thumbs up!
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?
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
Has anyone tried using zucchini noodle “pasta” instead of pasta?
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
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).
Hi Bruna. This will help: http://noshon.it/tips/prevent-creamy-soups-curdling/. ~Amy
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!
Thanks for the great recipe! We’re hoping to do more unprocessed foods this year, and I’m excited to try this and so many others! Subscribing now!
Did anyone else have to add extra flour to get the sauce to thicken? It tasted amazing but wouldn’t thicken up at all.
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!
You can substitute organic chicken stock for the wine and it will turn out delicious!
Do you have an alternative for the wine?
Hello. You can use broth though it won’t be quite as rich. ~Amy
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?
Hi Shannon. You can use tenders. ~Amy
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.
I’d definitely love to try this! is there anything that I can substitute for the wine?
Hi Erin. Several readers have substituted with broth. ~Amy
This was an easy and delicious meal! Thank you for sharing all of your simple and tasty recipes.