Dad's Chicken Marsala Recipe

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish of golden pan-fried chicken cutlets and mushrooms in a rich Marsala wine sauce.

Born August 28th, 1912-1995 RIP Dad this was his signature dish

Dad's Chicken Marsala Recipe

  1. 1- 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts thinly sliced and pounded 1/4 inch thick.
  2. flour (usually around 2 cups)
  3. salt pepper to taste
  4. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  5. 3 tablespoons salted butter 
  6. portabella mushroom sliced or use another kind you prefer
  7. 4 cloves garlic minced
  8. 2 tablespoons flat-leaf Italian parsley
  9. 2/3 cup of chicken broth
  10. 1 - 1/2 cups of dry marsala wine
  11. Optional: dad use to  add 1 cup of chopped prosciutto in the mushroom step

Pound the chicken to 1/4 inch in thickness.

Coat the chicken with flour.

Heat your pan to medium-high heat with oil and garlic. (we use a cast-iron skillet)

Saute the chicken turning once until golden brown.
This should only take about 5-6 minutes.

Add the mushrooms.

Cook until the mushrooms begin to crisp up.

Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of chopped parsley to taste.

Stir in the Marsala wine and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium, add chicken stock, and bring to a gentle simmer, until sauce has thickened. (this can take up to 10 minutes)

Garnish with more parsley, salt, pepper to taste.

Serve with a favorite cooked pasta.


  1. Your post today is very familiar. Today would have been my mom's 81st birthday and my dad's favorite meal was chicken marsala. Their anniversary would have been tomorrow. I will have to try your version of Chicken Marsala, I have made my dad's version for years and Paula from bell'alimento taught me her version a few month's ago. Maybe I can become the Chicken Marsala guru.

  2. It is a great memory, your dad must have been a wonderful man! Such a beautiful thing how our dishes and flavors carry on with such meaning!!
    I will carry on our family recipes for my new grandchild, Isaballa.
    Life is beautiful :)

  3. Those closest to us are never far from our hearts even when they have been gone a long time.

    Your chicken marsala looks delcious!

  4. A wonderful memory and tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Delicious chicken recipe and nice way to honor your father.

    All the best,


  6. greats memories and a great meal!the day before yesterday was my mother birthday(27august...:))

  7. I would have shared a birthday with your dad. How nice to honor him with such a special recipe. My father is 85 and in failing health. He has been a wonderful father. Thank-you for your nice post.

  8. What a beautiful post dedicated to your Dad. I'm sure he would be very proud of this recipe as it looks and sounds wonderful and delicious. The heart is never too small to fill with love and precious memories of our loved ones. Although your Dad has been gone for many years now, all those wonderful memories of him will be kept safe in your heart.

  9. A heart-warming post in loving memory of your dad. You dad was such a good cook and a loving dad. That dish looks very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  10. Memories are what we have and you should cherish yours like you do!
    beautiful creamy finger licking recipe

  11. Hey Claudia, your words are very sweet, and I know your Dad must have been a wonderful person and father to have a daughter with such loving words towards him.
    His favorite meal sounds delicious too. I always love marsala sauce too...

  12. beautiful tribute - as they say, a way to a man's heart is through his stomach... Carmen knew a good thing didn't he, this marsala, your mom and the experience of having a loving daughter

  13. I love chicken marsala. That looks delicious. Amazing how food is so closely linked to our memories and memories of people.

  14. It's great memory dear, and it's beautiful you dedicate this post to your dad. He will always be with you, in your heart.
    Your chicken looks delicious.
    Hope you have a lovely week, bye bye

  15. What a wonderful post, Claudia. I'd say your dad was a very lucky man to have you as a daughter! Friday would've been my step-dad's 90th birthday. We lost him six years ago. He wasn't the most adventurous eater - and would've had a peanut butter and brown sugar sandwich for lunch and pot roast for dinner every night if Mom had been so disposed - but he'd try anything. I'll make this chicken marsala and enjoy a good memory! Kate

  16. Glad that you have such wonderful memories of you dad. It is such a great thing that food, smells and music bring back memories in a flash. Your dish looks great!!

  17. @Greg thanks so much Greg know how it feels to want them back again!
    @Chef Chuck thanks for caring and congrats to you on your blessing :)
    @Shelby very true thanks
    @belinda thank you :)
    @gera thanks so much
    @alison its very hard to lose them then try and not feel the pain on their day
    @Jane I pray you have quality time left with him for both of you.
    @lequan thankyou for the kind words
    @marymoh thanks you have a good weekend too
    @jelena thank you so much!
    @stella thank you for the kind word!
    @drick appreciate your words drick thank you
    @cityshare I so agree with you!
    @frederica thanks so much!

  18. @kate sounds like you and your stepdad had a strong bond. So glad you can relate to the heartfelt feelings thank you for your comment
    @lisa thank you lisa he was quite a good friend, father and fabulous husband to my mom!

  19. Love to you and yours Claudia! Great Marsala no wonder it was your dad's favorite!

  20. your dad must be very happy to have a daugter like have make a good post and it's very good to have cook his favour dish.great memories

  21. @redkathy your so sweet thanks
    @lucy well lucy I have to tell you I was born 17 years later after my brother and a little spoiled my dad was my best friend and the only not a truer bond than what we had he gave me more confidence and support in my life, and I will be forever grateful to have become the person I am because of his teachings. thanks so much

  22. That is wonderful that you still share a love of this dish with your dad. It looks so delicious. No wonder it was a favorite of his.

  23. What a sweet tribute to your Dad! And your chicken looks incredibly delicious - it's one of my Mom's favorites.

  24. You just did your Dad so proud. Lovely post, lovely acknowledgement. I must try this - if it is "Carmen's favorite marsala" it already has five stars.

  25. Beautiful post. Enhanced by a lovely recipe.

  26. Wow. This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing a wonderful family recipe.

  27. wow great....great post in your dad's memory...

  28. A very sweet memory of your dad. The chicken Marsala looks wonderful too.

  29. Your thought for your dad is very nice Claudia, thans for sharing this memory and his favorite dish!

  30. This recipe looks wonderful. I love chicken marsala and it's my daughter's favorite.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe and your memories of your dad. Just yesterday I went to visit my dad in the cemetary with my sisters and mom. He passed away 21
    years ago, just one month before the birth of my daughter.

    It's wonderful to have fond memories, they last a lifetime!

    I look forward to trying your version of Chicken Marsala.

  31. Mmmmm.... looks so good! I love chicken marsala. I've lost both of my parents too so I know what those birthdays are like. My mama's would be tomorrow and she would've been 74. HUGS to you today.

    Stopping by from CES.

  32. Claudia...I believe, your Dad must have been smiling upon you when you wrote about his favourite dish...which just happens to be one of mine too ;o)
    Nice of you to share such a warm memory along with such a succulent dish.

    Ciao for now,

  33. A wonderful tribute to your dad and your Marsala sauce sounds so so good!

  34. This Chicken Marsala is one of the most delicious recipes of a chicken I have ever taste. It has something that I can't explain. All I know that I had a great time eating that dish.

  35. @sugarfree low carb
    @5star foodie
    thank you all so much for your kindness and comments about this dish

    so glad you tried it and liked this dish, I love to hear that, it means alot that you tried it and enjoyed it, thank you so much

  36. Wonderful post Claudia, your dad would be proud. This is a great dedication to a wonderful father!

    Bon appetit!

  37. Umm I just discovered your blog and its like Italian food heaven!! I can't wait to spend an hour or so going through everything! This dish looks fabulous!!

  38. Must try this out.
    That is a great picture of your Dad in Black & White.

  39. What a great recipe... my dad was born on the 31st and he would have loved this dish being a little Italian himself. I can't wait to try it since I love chicken marsala. Happy birthday to our departed dads!!

  40. What a wonderful tribute to your dad! Love the dish - the sauce looks absolutely incredible!

  41. What a lovely tribute to your dad. Glad you have wonderful memories to remember him with.
    Chicken Marsala is a comforting dish, and always a favorite around our house too.


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