Pollo alla Marsala - Chicken with Marsala is one of those super-simple recipes that's indescribably delicious.
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Chicken with Marsala and mushrooms

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lucy Parissi


  • 6 skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large banana shallots, peeled and very finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled and very finely diced
  • 200 g button chestnut mushrooms sliced in half (or experiment by adding wild mushrooms)
  • 250 ml | 1 cup dry Marsala
  • 125 ml | 1/2 cup chicken stock stock cube is fine
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard powder or 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp double cream or creme fraiche optional
  • large handful flat-leaf parsley finely chopped, to serve
  • grated Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)


  • Place the chicken breasts between two large pieces of cling film and pound as flat as possible with a rolling pin.
  • Put the flour on a shallow plate and season liberallly with salt and pepper.
  • Dip the chicken breasts into the flour to lightly coat and set aside.
  • Heat one tablespoon each of butter and olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the chicken over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Wipe the frying pan with some kitchen towel. Heat the remaining butter and oil and fry the shallots and garlic over low heat for five minutes, stirring so that they don't stick.
  • Add the mushrooms and cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the wine and turn heat to high. Cook for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by about half.
  • Reduce the heat and stir in the stock and mustard powder. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream or creme fraiche and check the seasoning.
  • Serve sprinkled with parsley and grated Parmesan with roast potatoes, mash or rice.