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The Absolute Best Chicken Marsala Recipe

Updated on March 24, 2012

Elegant and Easy Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is elegant and delicious. It's also really easy to make. A rich sauce of wine and mushrooms enrobes a chicken breast that's been seasoned, browned, then braised in the sauce. I've included recipes, links, and a video to help you make the best Chicken Marsala ever.

Photo by Pengrin

What is Chicken Marsala?

Chicken Marsala is an elegant, but easy-to-prepare dish of chicken breasts browned, then braised in the wonderful rich sauce of chicken stock, marsala wine, mushrooms, and shallots. There are a lot of variations on this basic recipe, but they all contain these ingredients.

The marsala sauce is reduced to a syrup-consistency for serving. For a creamy chicken marsala, cream or half-and-half is added to the sauce just before serving.

I've included several recipes here for Chicken Marsala, both creamy and not. You've got to taste this to believe how incredibly rich and delicious such a simple dish can be.

I highly recommend the video below that takes you step-by-step through the process. It also has a couple of wonderful ideas for presentation.

The Recipe for Chicken Marsala

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded 1/4 inch thick

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup Marsala wine

1/4 cup cooking sherry

1. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.

2. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Recipe for Chicken Marsala with Creamy Sauce

Pretty similar. Just stir in cream at the end.

Photo by Pandora 6666

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1/4 cup chopped green onion

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1/3 cup Marsala wine

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/8 cup milk

1. Sauté chicken in a large skillet for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.

2. Add green onion and mushrooms and sauté until soft, then add Marsala wine and bring to a boil.

3. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and milk and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Chef John from Food Wishes - This is the best explanation of chicken marsala I've ever seen!

Chef John takes you through the process step-by-step. This is a terrific teaching video. I encourage you to visit Chef John at Food Wishes

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Photo by Pengrin

Be Sure...

to use regular marsala and not sweet marsala in this recipe.

I hope you found a good recipe here. Thanks for visiting.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Your Chicken Marsala sound wonderful! Espcially the creamy version.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I'm going to make Chicken Marsala tonight for supper. Your're recipe sounds so yummy!

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      funwithtrains lm 8 years ago

      Great lens, makes me hungry! 5 stars, a favorite and a Digg!

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      Meloramus 8 years ago

      I think I might make this at the weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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      Meloramus 8 years ago

      I think I might make this at the weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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      cannedguds lm 8 years ago

      I have tried this kind of chicken cooking and it really tastes good! Hey, want to know another way of cooking delicious chicken? How about Adobong Manok or Chicken Adobo? Ever wondered what it is? Then, go and visit my lens regarding Adobong Manok! Your lens really looks delicious for the eyes and it made my mouth watery! 5 delicious stars for it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I live in Marsala, Italy, and recently wrote an article about Marsala wine and Chicken Marsala, including a recipe, on my blog http://marsalamia.wordpress.com. BTW...not all recipes have chicken stock, as your write in the 'What is Chicken Marsala' section. The ones here in Sicily do not.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I live in Marsala, Italy, and recently wrote an article about Marsala wine and Chicken Marsala, including a recipe, on my blog http://marsalamia.wordpress.com. BTW...not all recipes have chicken stock, as your write in the 'What is Chicken Marsala' section. The ones here in Sicily do not.

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      ElizabethT 8 years ago

      I love chicken Marsala but never attempted to make it. Thank you for the recipes, I just may try making it this weekend!

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      katlupe lm 8 years ago

      Sounds good. I used to make this a lot, but now I want to try the creamy version. Thanks.

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      I love Chicken Masala but I've never made it at home. Now I know how to prepare it! Also, I would like to invite You to join our project http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo_recipes_cookbook and add this great recipe (or any other favorite recipe if you want)! Have fun and see you there =)

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      HenryE LM 7 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can chicken Marsala be made ahead of time for company?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      out of this world delicious!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wow this looks really good. Love the photo you used! I must try this.

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      mosaic lm 7 years ago

      Wow. That looks really yummy. I've added this lens to my link plexo on my new lens on pepper grinders.

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      Allan R. Wallace 7 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I've made it myself a couple of times, but there is an Italian restaurant not far away that does a wonderful marsala. Give it a try folks; for the vegetarians you can do eggplant marsala, for ravenous carnivores you can do beef marsala -- my favorite.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: can chicken marsala be made ahead of time...Video was so helpful

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      FernLady 7 years ago

      Delicious and easy. My husband loved it. This will be one of our favorites.

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      wayfarer lm 7 years ago

      Definitely dry marsala rather than sweet. The worst chicken marsala I ever had was made with the sweet variety.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Yummy! The Chicken Marsala recipes featured are surely easy to prepare. Might as well try one of these. Thanks for sharing. 5*

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      ChefDavidUnrau 7 years ago

      Thanks for the yummy recipes - great lens

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      Mom2Ian 7 years ago

      The best marsala recipe I've tried was found in an issue of Cooking Light. Yum!

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      MartinPrestovic 6 years ago

      That photo you posted by Pengrin looks incredibly tasty! If I make chicken marsala and it looks anything like that it will be gone in a few blinks...Ok who ate my chicken marsala!?

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      applelady72 6 years ago

      One of my favorite dishes to order when I go out is Chicken Marsala. Thank you so much for giving me a couple of wonderful recipes that I can try at home. I must thank you so much for letting us know that we should get the regular and not the sweet Marsala. I just recently learned that there were different kinds...I know, wine challenged for sure. Again, thanks for an excellent lens and my two new recipes to try.

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      Ignatius_Reilly 6 years ago

      @applelady72: Hi applelady,

      I hate to disturb your new confidence on the issue of sweet versus dry Marsala but the issue looks to me to be wide open. If you search "tyler florence chicken marsala" you will find a recipe from Tyler in which he explicitly calls for ~sweet~. There are 307, mostly rapturous, reviews. I am definitely no wine expert either but most of the fortified wines seem to be available in both dry and sweet versions and often there will be more than two options offering a gradation from dry to sweet. It is completely exasperating to me when someone publishes a recipe using one of these wines and is not specific on this point; it does not seem to me to be a trivial point whatsoever. Personally, my feeling was that the sauce should be a little sweet and I don't see how that would happen based on the usual ingredients unless the wine was sweet. Not saying that I have the last word on what marsala sauce should taste like...I am just saying that there are varying opinions even among pros. Really, I wish it weren't so. I'd prefer to feel like I knew the "authoritative" recipe to accept as a baseline and then, if I decided to experiment a bit, I would understanding that it was me experimenting. I am afraid, though, that there is no authoritative answer on the sweet/dry question for this recipe.

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      Ignatius_Reilly 6 years ago

      @applelady72: P.S. My primary interest in marsala sauce is actually to use it over beef rather than chicken. To my thinking, the sweetness goes with the beef more so than with the chicken.

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      Ignatius_Reilly 6 years ago

      @Ignatius_Reilly: P.S. My interest in marsala sauce was stimulated by its use on steak rather than the more famous ~chichken~ marsala. Beef seems -- in my imagination -- to "want" the sweetness more than chicken does.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this was super helpful my husband loves this dish and the recipes I was finding were nasty diet versons, so thanks so much

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      P.S. the video was great I'll be making his version on sunday

      wish me luck

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      micmun 6 years ago

      Love this lens. Gona favourite it, and i'll be back with pen and paper.

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      martialartstraining 6 years ago

      That looks really good, i like the looks of the noncreamy one better. Thanks for the lens.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Heard of this before, but didn't actually know what it was. Now that I know, I'll have to try it!

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      unique freak77 6 years ago

      Wow, great lens! This got me so hungry! Definitely going on my list of recipes :) Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks like a tasty and easy recipe to make for friends.

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      I'm going to have to try this recipe. Very nice lens.

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      Pete D 6 years ago

      Chicken and mushrooms.. You gotta love this combination :)

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      excellent lens

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      redflea13 lm 6 years ago

      This lens has made me hungry.

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      rooturaj 6 years ago

      Hmnn...good one. I am Indian and I know the craze of Chicken Masala. What struck me most was that you preferred to write Chicken Marsala. Was that intentional or that the way its named in Western countries.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting. i am going to try your recipe. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Recipes look great! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Chicken Marsala is a delicious dish - I just love it. In addition to be declious, it's also very easy to prepare. I have never made this version with heavy cream, but I will definetelly try.

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      Shari O'Leary 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I got hungry just reading this. I'm lensrolling you to my chicken sandwich lens.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very good looking dish.

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      TheCountrySignS 6 years ago

      Now I am hungry. This looks sooooo good. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for this yummy lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never had chicken Marsala before, I think I will try it, to see if I like it.

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      fbaum818 6 years ago

      Thank you. I'm a huge chicken marsala fan.

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      funcook 6 years ago

      Now I know what I'm having for dinner tonight!

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Sounds amazing...I'm going to try it.

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      maxnic11 6 years ago

      delicious!

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      InnaTsv 6 years ago

      looks great!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      A tantalizing lens if ever there was one. Would that I could snap my fingers and have a plateful magically appear! Thumbs up and a favorite! :)~~

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      All this time, eating out at restaurants and ordering Chicken Marsala, I had no idea that it was wine, lol.

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      My husband is really excited about this recipe. He does all the cooking in our house! Lucky me! Had to bless this one too because my husband doesn't get excited often. lol

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      it looks yummerific :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I find it funny that you claim Chicken Marsala always has chicken stock, shallots, mushrooms and Marsala wine and then your recipe doesn't have 2 of these items?

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      emoiy90 6 years ago

      wow.... it is look so delicious, I'll try to make it in at home

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      looks so delicious

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      textbookmommy 6 years ago

      Sounds good!

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      catbehaviors 5 years ago

      It looks like something I wouldn't enjoy. :)

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      plushdeco 5 years ago

      Spend a little time in India last year and had some experience with masala. In India almost everything is with masala and oh, they really know what their doing. When done right, chicken masala is absolutely delicious. Have been doing it myself for many times.

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      sfgcatering 5 years ago

      Sounds good... Thanks for sharing this!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @plushdeco: maSala is completely different from maRsala Marsala is a wine

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      Great treats.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Love your lens

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      cr00059n 5 years ago

      Oh my god, my mouth is watering! This article is really making my appetite. Quite a good read. Thanks.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      This may be a dumb question with it being named chicken Marsala, but my husband can't have the wine (whatever he is allergic to does not burn off) so is there something I can substitute or maybe drop the wine totally? Excellent lens. Blessings and bear hugs, Frankster

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      beeobrien lm 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: Frankster, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. I'm not really an expert ( I just play one on tv), but I'm thinking maybe using a bit of some flavored vinegar or just adding a favorite herb....I love rosemary. Since I'm not quite sure what your husband can or can't eat, I don't know which suggestions might be off limits. You might also try a pinch of sugar. For me, the marsala gives the sauce a certain depth....I'm thinking a bit of beef broth. Sorry I don't have a perfect substitute.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @beeobrien lm: Thanks. It's just the wine problem. I'll play with it and let you know what he likes best. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      TheFoodDigest 5 years ago

      My mouth is watering! They had a recipe similar to this last night on Food Network's Restaurant Impossible.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      This lens makes me wish mushrooms weren't so completely revolting. I just may try this recipe without them!

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. It's very popular and relatively simple and I'll definitely try it!

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      Kate Sawyer 5 years ago from Nashville

      Yum! Sounds delish!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can I prepare the chicken Marsala recipe ahead of time and just heat it in the oven prior to serving or should I served the chicken immediately after prep?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      made this tonight, with rosemary instead of oregano, extra marsala instead of white wine. Turned out terrific!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it looks delicious and healthy....good job...

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Yum!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: You can always substitute chicken broth.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Made chic marsala many times, love it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This lens made me a little hungry..lol

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      MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

      Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made it and it was great, but my one complaint: sauce was very watery and I wanted it to be more gravy-like. I followed directions exactly. Any suggestions?

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Next to Chicken Piccata, Chicken Marsala is also at the top of my list. In fact, I'll be making it within the week! :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Heidi! Take a look at the video from Chef John that Beeobrien put on this page, just above. His technique might give you the thicker sauce you're looking for. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It says all the recipes for this dish contain shallots.....but not this one evidently?

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Hi again Bree! I just had to come back to report on my Chicken Marsala experience last night. In a word? HEAVENLY! Thank you so much for posting this info. I must have watched the Chef John video 3 times - I did do two things differently: I pounded the chicken thin before sauteeing, and lightly floured them before sauteeing as well. Other than that the ratios of the marsala to chicken stock worked GREAT! We're having the leftovers today. This is OFFICIALLY my newest favorite chicken meal! :)

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      PBJasen 4 years ago

      My 900 SquidLikes! Squid told me to share that with you ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The first time I made chicken Marsala it was awesome because of your recipe. The second time I made it..... Eh.... Because I could not find your recipe and I used someone else's. Well tonight I know it will be awesome once again :-D thank you!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I so love these recipe pages. Here is yet another one I HAVE TO TRY! Thank you and blessed!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I never heard of Marsala wine? I thought it was spice? Interesting, I'll have to look for it - is it easy to find - would you get it in a grocery store or would you have to go to a liquor store to find it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great and yummy.. my love for chicken just got a hype.. :D

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      Hello beeobrien You have a great lens! I can't wait to try this!

      I have set up a brand new lens which tells you the basic core ingredients for different cooking styles, ie, Southern, Indian, Spanish etc. I have personally chosen you as one of the contenders in a little competition Im doing. Under each list is a poll asking if you can think of recipes and dishes to create, using some of the ingredients, plus others of your own ingredients, ie meat, fish pasta etc. There are different tasks for each section, ie a Vegetarian Chinese recipe, or a Chicken Curry recipe etc.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH !!!!!!!!!! AWESOME INFORMATION AND THANKS FOR THE REFERENCE TO THE COOKING VIDEO SITE ..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Masala is an indian spice. Marsala is a type of wine. You can find it in any grocery store :)

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      imagelist lm 3 years ago

      Wooowwww...great lens...

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      OK my Marsala sauce always comes out light. I'm using the same ingriediants except the sherry. Does that really make the difference in color?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh I also use margoram rather the oregano but that shouldn't make a difference I just watched your video perhaps I'm not reducing as long as I should be.

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      ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

      My favorite Chicken Marsala is from Carrabbas! But will check out this recipe!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Is there a 'heart' healthy version? I've loved chicken/veal Marsala for ages, and miss it. I can enjoy it again with a reduced fat recipe, please. Your newsletter is great!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds so good! I've been wanting to try a recipe for marsala. Thanks.

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