Chicken Marsala

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • 2 (6 to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in halves and pounded thin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms ( cremini, oyster, shiitake)
  • 3/4 cup Marsala
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

In a shallow bowl or plate combine the flour and Essence and stir to combine thoroughly. Quickly dredge the chicken breast halves in the seasoned flour mixture, shaking to remove any excess flour.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and cook the chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter to the pan and add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are golden brown around the edges and have given off their liquid. Add the Marsala wine and bring to a boil, scraping to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. When the wine has reduced by half, add the chicken stock and cook for 3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Lower the heat to medium and return the chicken breasts to the pan and continue to cook until they are cooked through and the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, add salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with chopped chives and serve immediately.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.


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I've made this recipe several times, and has come out great each time!  <br />Does anyone have any suggestions on converting this recipe into a make ahead meal?  Think it would be possible to prep day before and just stick it in the oven the day of?<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times but never posted a review.  It is excellent, every time. <div><br /></div><div>I always double the sauce, it is delicious and without doubling it is just not enough for us. I make fresh fettuccine and we put the chicken and sauce over it or sometimes serve it as a side.  Absolutely delicious!   This is one where the consistent 5 star reviews are really reliable.  You can trust it.  Make it just as written and you won't regret (except you might want more sauce, so double it :-) </div><div><br /></div><div>And easy too.  </div><div><br /></div><div>Someone asked about dry versus sweet marsala wine...I always use sweet.</div><div><br /></div><div>Nancy D9393 must be reviewing the wrong recipe, there is no way this has no flavor.  And Susan mentioning strong hot spices and salt - again, wrong recipe!  </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and delicious, I made this for my family from out of town, it was delicious!   item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband and he gave it a 10.  He has very high standards for a 10.   It was no difficult at all.   item not reviewed by moderator and published
perfect! cooked this for my family yesterday, adding only a bit more butter ad wine, so the broth would be thicker. paired with a pinot noir and a zabaglione, this makes the perfect meal! ps- when they where done, I took the breasts out of the pan and mixed pre cooked fetucinni up with the mushroom and wine. A delightful buttery side dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made this exactly as written - so very disappointed. No flavor.......??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfectly delicious! It has now become a family tradition to have this on Christmas Day, as everyone loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe really delivers on all fronts. I'm planning to make it for the first time next Tuesday. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome recipe. I have made this several times and everyone loves it! Such a great flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seriously one of the best meals I've ever made if not the best. Everyone I have made this for says its one of the best dinners they've ever ate. I love Mushrooms so I usually add more than the recipe calls for. Its a fairly simple recipe even if it does take a bit longer than most of the meals I make. I make a ton of the essence so I can make this dish multiple times without having to make the Essence every time. I recommend everyone do this even if it is your first time making this dish because you will be making this again very soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A-mazing. Hands down one of the best meals I've ever cooked. Pow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved the butter, used Chardonnay instead of Marsala, left the cayenne and onion powder out and still perfect. Chicken very tender and juicy. Next time I will double sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the recipe to have left-overs...except we ate it all!!! Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do I use salted or unsalted butter? Planning on making this for guests. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was great with my changes. My partner doesn't like mushrooms, so I substituted onions and asparagus. I also substituted chicken broth with water and one tablespoon of rosemary infused olive oil. Perfection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best Chicken Marsala I have ever made! Even my son who is picky loved it. I toned down the amount of cayenne a little and it still had plenty of kick. Served it with brocollini sautéed in olive oil and fresh garlic. No pasta for my husband and me and very filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Chicken Marsala I've ever made! Loved it!! The addition of Emeril's creole seasoning to the chicken really adds a depth of flavor not in other Marsala recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down the best chicken marsala ever. my family and I have tried it in several restaurants and nothing has even compared to this recipe when I make it at home. Bangin'! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is delicious! even for the picky eaters in my family. thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Is this made with sweet or dry marsala wine? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too heavy on the strong, hot spices and salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe, but I prefer boneless/skinless thighs for a little more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome. Made it tonight and the hubby said it was one of the best. Will definitely make it again. Followed the directions to a T. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe!!! My wife never really liked Marsala at restaurants, but I made this for her and now she LOVES marsala and says this is her fav dish! That says how good this recipe really is!! Love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this at least a dozen times over the last couple of years. I double the marsala and stock to get more sauce. I mix in 1/2 lb of cooked spaghetti at the end of cooking. Easily in my hubby's top ten favorite dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this several times and it never disappoints. VERY inexpensive to make and always delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband, who is not someone who would ever order Chicken Marsala in a restaurant, just said this is one of the best meals he has ever eaten. I stuck to the recipe just as it was given and it was really simple and quick. I will definitely print this out and make it again. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe many times and it always turns out delicious. I work with the ratio of chicken stock to marsala to get the sauce to my liking. This recipe is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make and the flavor is amazing. My hubby loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and it continues to be a favorite in my home. I have been told that this recipe is better than any Chicken Marsala ordered is the finest restaurants. I made it just as the recipe states and it never lets me down.. Thanks Emeril.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic and easy. Thirty minutes and done, my wife and I both loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! Possibly one of the best chicken recipes I have ever made! I used homemade stock from a turkey and two chicken carcasses, and the flavor popped! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the easiest and best tasting recipes I've come across! The texture of breading is incredible, it has a very creamy texture that I wasn't expecting. This recipe is far cheaper than Olive Garden's similar dish and infinitely better. Please note that I am not an experienced cook, I seldom cook anything that doesn't have microwave instructions so it is nice to find things within my skill level! --- My recommendations: Use half the amount of butter suggested. I used 1 cup of Marsala, and 1¼ cup of chicken stock for extra sauce. I bought Essence of Emeril pre-mixed at the store. It was with the spices and it was cheaper than the individual spices my pantry was missing. --- I served my Chicken Marsala with grilled asparagus w/ bacon bits and mashed potatoes. (using the extra Marsala sauce as gravy!) It was a huge hit with my family. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy to do and always comes out so delicious! I add pasta and some ham and it just adds to all the wonderful flavors!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my favorite recipes that I have tried all year. It is so delicious, relatively quick, and extremely easy. I make this alongside alfredo pasta, and have served it to a ton of friends and family, and it has pleased everyone. I can't recommend this recipe enough. Make it tonight for dinner. You won't regret it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, easy, and fast with tons of flavor. Thanks Emeril for the Essence mix...I made 3x so I will not be running out of Emeril's Essence ;0) I agree with marcymonheit (below) ....make more sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent recipe. My family asked me to add a lot more mushrooms, and make more sauce, than the recipe calls for. They really love the flavor and said it is so good that it doen't even need the chicken! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, easy and a ton of excellent flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, love, love this recipe. I mix up the mushrooms or just add one kind - either way it is still great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was amazing! I surprisingly have never made it before but it was so easy and simple and flavorful. I added onions and garlic in with the mushrooms and just a tad extra Marsala wine. I also had some left over lemon chicken gravy (made from scratch of course) that i threw in so I wouldn't waste it. The gravy had cornstarch and helped to thicken the sauce just enough. Served it with mashed potatoes. My room mate who doesn't eat ANY vegetables including mushrooms picked them out but loved the dish anyways. I'll be making it again this weekend for my sister and her family item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and so very good! I double the amount and put over a bed of linguini. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I doubled the sauce and added dry sherry. And thickened the sauce with some corn starch to cut back on the butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy enough to cook but it didn't thicken so well so we added some flour with water mixture and then it was just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this to be a tasty dish, but I was missing the taste Marsala I was craving. I might have had the same problem as tchak. I will make it again, but this time with sweet Marsala. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good recipe but it didn&amp;#39;t have the Marsala flavor I was hoping for. I bought dry Marsala and after reading something about Americas test kitchen recommending sweet Marsala, I am wondering if the dry wine is my mistake. Anyone have thoughts on sweet vs dry Marsala? My sauce didn&amp;#39;t thicken up either ... Oh well. Maybe this needs to reduce for longer after the addition of the stock. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! I made this for a dinner party and everyone loved it. The only change made was I used salt and pepper instead of Essence. I served it over mashed potatoes with roasted asparagus. Just yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! We will double the sauce next time, because I wanted some sauce to go on the noodles. But otherwise absolutely perfect. Yum!! Confused by the folks who say it didn&amp;#39;t thicken up. Followed the recipe exactly &amp; it was perfect. I don&amp;#39;t think the fault lies with the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe took longer to prepare but the outcome was delicious !! Will make it again item not reviewed by moderator and published
great stuff.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight but did not use cayenne in the &amp;#34;Essence&amp;#34;, Everyone loved it and we will definitely have it again. Easy to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, this is wonderful, I could eat it all day. I added chopped onions, cooked with the mushrooms, because all I had on hand, was one can of mushrooms. Next time I&amp;#39;ll try it with fresh mushrooms. I&amp;#39;m sure it will be even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! The Essence seasoning for the chicken was especially perfect!! My family was very happy. My first time making it and it was so yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT! This is my go to dish now... loved it! Thank you Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have used this recipe in the past and it was a blast! About to use again soon &amp;#34;love it, love it, love it! Thank you so much Emeril you are the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it ! It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was amazing. I cooked another Chicken Marsala recipe from CookBook app on Windows 8 that was five star rating and this one is a 6 compared to it. The only difference was the Essence seasoning and chicken stock. This one was more rich and hearty while the other was more sweet and simple. I pared this dish with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots. Will definitely be cooking this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great. My family love it! Simple and tasty. The best combination. Thank you Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did this for the first time at a weekend get away with family friends for 10 guests. I have never done a big batch like this but I improvised along with some of the ingredients since I didn't have access.I have to admit it came out great, I didn't have access to make the essence ingredients as well as the different types of mushrooms I used the standard style which worked out fine. My guests enjoyed it so much that there literally wasn't ANY leftovers (and I made extra. Since my guests like sauces I added more chicken stock and wine to make more sauce, I added a little bit of flour to thicken the sauce instead of cream and it worked out fine. I even had a friend who doesn't like mushroom fall in love with it wanting more and to pour mushrooms on top it was funny and glad that she enjoyed it!! Great recipe and easy to follow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not that this recipe needs an 817th review, hah! But... This is my go-to Marsala recipe. It always comes out spectacular. I have used it three times to impress girlfriends, LOL, and hopefully I don't need to use it again for that reason. Third time is a charm *snicker* Since I'm not Mr. Money buckets I usually just use cremini shrooms and dried porchini which need to be reconstituted. Seriously, this meal is so good I will have it for dinner that night and then breakfast and lunch the following day until it is finished at which point I cry man tears. Thanks Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Followed the recipe exactly as is and was pleased with the result item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was delicious! I needed something different for our family of six and this was a hit. Followed the recipe step by step instead of paprika, I used Weber N'Orleans Cajun seasoning. The kids loved it!!!! Hats off to Emiril &amp; Food Network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has to be by far the best chicken recipe ever!! I made this step by step, but just added heavy cream to thicken the sauce and came out to die for!! I made it for my extremely picky husband, who does not eat mushrooms at all and he LOVED it! He even ate all the mushrooms!! He could not stop saying how good and delicious it came out. Every other bite was "mmm delicious, mmm tasty!" LOL. I served it on top of rice pilaf and mashed potatoes. Super amazing. Will definitely be making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and better than any restaurant Chicken Marsala I've ever had! I followed recipe exactly except used baby portabellas. I would like more sauce so next time may increase wine &amp; broth a bit. The sauce with mushrooms is heavenly! Can't wait to serve it to guests! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My new favorite meal. Wow! Best I've ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used it many times and the essence recipe alone is priceless. I use the rub on my chicken wings and throw them in a bag with some sesame oil and Bam! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce didn't thicken up as I would have liked. 1/2 cup of stock would have been better. It took away the nice Marsala taste. I didn't taste his spices either. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe! It's super easy to make and tastes delicious! The only modifications that I make is to add a minced garlic clove while you are sauteeing the mushrooms. I also omit the chives. I love fresh chives, but find them over powering in this recipe. Make sure you go to the liquor store and buy Marsala wine. It is only $5 or $6 for a decent bottle. Do not buy "cooking wine" from the grocery store. It will surely ruin your dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best Chicken Marsala I have eaten....GREAT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This easy and delicious recipe is in my regular rotation. I serve it with a little pasta to help soak up all that juice. Do yourself a favor and try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best and so easy to make. I love Emeril's recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Very Gourmet. The hubby loved it;. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this dish for guests, and they think I'm a gourmet cook! Rockstar recipe and damn easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
really delicious and great - I made for my husband and he loved it very much item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's the best home recipe I've ever made. It only gets 4 stars because the one at my local Italian resturant is still the best. Maybe I needed to use a better marsala wine. I made this recipe for two so used one chicken breast and kept everything else the same. I served the chicken breast on top a bed of angel hair and poured the sauce and mushrooms over top. This will be my go to recipe for when I decide to make this dish at home. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a solid recipe, the family begs for it so I ask one of them to pound out the chicken. I added pancetta and sweet peas this time and finished the dish with a spot of heavy cream, parsley and a bit of Romano. Bamm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to substitute canned mushrooms for the fresh and just used a dry cooking wine I had ............it was wonderful! Easy but it does have several steps to complete. I served it with homemade thick noodles and a large salad. The chicken was very tender! I will make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a wonderful recipe! I just started really getting into cooking - if you are [like me] just starting out taking on the job of making dinner and need a chicken recipe, look no further. You will have a set chicken night for more than a month. I added as many or as less mushrooms as I saw fit and it still came out amazing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only chicken Marsala recipe we use and have made it many times. The sauce has a great flavor. It can be served with so many different sides, butter noodles, rice, pasta with olive oil and garlic. We have made large batches for dinner parties and always get compliments. It is so easy to make. Also, I always have Emeril's Essence on hand and use it for many things. Great for flavoring hamburgers, chops and steaks when grilling. If you don't want to make your own, it can be found in the grocery store. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is sooo delicious!! My whole family loved it. I am absolutely gonna make is again. We had it with mashed potatoes and a tomato, cucumber, avocado salad!! Best dinner I had in a while!! Definitely a keeper!!! Must try!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had some difficulty with the thickening of the sauce but overall it turned out to have great flavor and would definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was deliscious. My husband is not too much of a fan of fancy food, which he thought it was fancy but I did not. I usually use salted butter. You do not need to add much salt if that is the case. I had what ever cooking wine I had in the house and the recipe was fantastic. I wish I had made more for seconds. I would make this again for company next time. Oh, by the way, my husband loved it too item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe several times and it is always a hit with family and guests. As others have already stated, I double the recipe to make sure their is enough sauce and add a spoon of flour or cornstarch to thicken. Definitely a KEEPER!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this dish. I doubled the recipe. I had to add a bit more flour to thicken the sauce. I served it with mash, brussel sprouts, roasted garlic carrots and cucumber salad. They made me promise to make this again for them = Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, not great...made some changes. I followed the recipe exactly the first time and it wasn't bad. I decided that I didn't like the Marsala wine...funny right? I used Chardonnay and after everything was cooked and I was almost ready to serve, I put three big plops of sour cream on top and stirred it in. It was fantastic!! Oh and I used the tenderloins too, very nice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is bland and the sauce did not thicken. So I separated the liquid from the chicken and mushroom, added flour and corn startch and some crushed garlic and remixed everything. Then it was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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SIMPLE TO FOLLOW UNCOMPLICATED AND TASTE GREAT item not reviewed by moderator and published
It taste delicious and it doesn't take long to make it. I'm Active Duty Military and I wanted to try to do something special for my wife without taking a lot of time and it was a hit and she enjoyed it. I'm striving to be a better cook because going to these restaurants are not worth it and purchasing this at Olive Garden is ridiculous when I can make it at home. One thing I will say is that before I cook this the next time I will make the chicken a little more crispy before I reduce the wine. Thank you Mr. Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was easy, the flavor was amazing !!! Best chicken marsala ever : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the chicken. I took the advice of a few other reviews and doubled the sauce. It wouldn't thicken for me so I used butter crumbled into flour (it's an old trick I learned from a French chef friend of mine to thicken it. I added heavy cream for more flavor and volume. It was absolutely delicious that way and I will definitely make it again. I made a jar of essence and plan to use it on other meats too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome for kids and adults. I added flour and heavy whipping cream to to the sauce and it made an awesome gravy for the linguini. Used chicked tenderloins as well. If you love italian like we do, you will love this recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! Loved it Modifications: I cut the chicken stock down to 3/4 cup and wisked in about a teaspoon of flour to stock before adding to mushrooms. I added chicken back in for just the last minute since it seemed to get a little rubbery first time I made this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent flavor, easy to make and my family loved it. I would suggest using the best ingredients you can afford and use a good marsala wine. This is a dish to be shared!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful. It is just my husband and I, both seniors, so I buy chicken breasts in bulk and store them in the freezer. Always looking for something different and this was it. Nice flavor, not too spicy or strong in any one flavor, served it with brown rice. Sauce was delicious. Confession to make, went to use canned portabella and grabbed, and opened, a can of condensed milk by mistake. So I had to make fudge for dessert! Will definately make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Adding that we typically use thin cut chicken breasts and always double the liquids because we can't get enough of the sauce! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Definitely sweet. You can thicken the sauce by combining equal parts of softened butter with the remaining flour mixture a table spoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. P.S. I usually serve it with prepackaged Polenta instead of pasta. Polenta is gluten free by the the way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Marsala comes as sweet or dry. You definitely want the sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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