Olive Garden Chicken Marsala

I must make a confession: chicken Marsala is one of my favorite dishes to make. Chicken Marsala is a true Italian classic, and the Olive Garden Chicken Marsala is likely to be a classic around your house. This succulent dish is made with wine, mushrooms, and chicken breasts. This creates a savory sauce that you won’t want to miss. I like to serve this with polenta, mashed potatoes, or even pasta.

I must share with you a tip that I have for this recipe: Make sure you use Marsala wine that is dry and not sweet. (It comes in two varieties). One of my largest cooking disasters was when I made this dish for someone very special I was dating (someone who would later become my fiancé) and I used the wrong type of Marsala. My wrong choice of wine resulted in a horribly sweet chicken that was inedible.

I remember placing the dish on the table. He took a healthy helping, and then took a bite. I looked over, and didn’t see joy on his face. I saw confusion, and then came out a semi polite comment that he liked the mushrooms. I took a bite and thought it was horrible. Being the lady who creates CopyKat recipes makes me feel like I must always prepare a good meal. I was completely mortified. I asked him to stop eating the chicken, and said I would make other dinner arrangements. We ended up having cheese, crackers, olives, and plenty of wine for dinner that night.

So please, I urge you to look closely at the label when you purchase your Marsala—the dry variety is the one that you want for this recipe.
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Olive Garden Chicken Marsala

I personally love Chicken Marsala with onions, you can add the onions if you desire, they are optional.

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Olive Garden Chicken Masala

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  • Recipe Type: Chicken Recipes, Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Favorite Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:30 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Olive Garden Chicken Masala

Chicken Marsala is so easy to make, and you come of cooking like a professional chef with this dish.


  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine


Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano and blend well. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until bubbling lightly. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on the first side, until lightly brown. After you turn the breasts to the second side to cook, add the mushrooms and onion (if using) around the chicken pieces. Cook for about 2 minutes more, until the chicken is lightly browned on the second side. Stir the mushrooms. Add the wine, cover the pan, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.


I personally love chicken Marsala with onions, but if you don’t, they are optional.

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  • disqus_SNzml2rpZ4

    Looks delicious. Going to try this today. Few minor issues: would standard gold medal flour work vs cake flour? And it was difficult to find cheap dry marsala wine without spending over $10.

  • Terri Thompson

    I’m trying this for dinner tonight, as it seems like a quicker recipe than the one I usually make. BTW, in response to some of the comments, the old recipe I used called for shallots, beef broth and sour cream. The beef broth and sour cream give it a creamier consistency. This one was posted on my FaceBook page, and it looked delicious!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Radhika82 Radhika Inaganti Prout

    Tried this recipe and it was delish! This will go into the dinner rotation at my home, thank you :-)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I am so glad to hear this recipe turned out well for you.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed this.

  • BooBoolove

    Olive Garden’s sauce seems to have some cream and a touch of Kikkoman soy sauce. Do any former employees know what is really in the sauce?

    • Angelina Bannister

      Olive Garden actually has this recipe posted on their site..

  • Dave

    Does anyone have the recipe for chicken and rice from the Cracker Barrel? I just retired and am now trying to cook for my wife. We love their chicken and rice.

    • stephaniemanley

      Dave, I appreciate your request. I don’t have a similar recipe right now.

  • Jancy

    I have used this recipe but changed it a bit and it is great, when doing the recipe when it gets to the marsala wine add brown gravy mix, first prepare your brown gravy and add your wine and let it cook through, i make this all the time and yet had no complaints, i also always serve it with angel hair pasta.

  • jenny

    oh my goodness!!! this was so delicious…my husband enjoyed it so much he would have had no problem with me making it again the next night….even my son loved it! This is what he has requested for his birthday dinner…and it’s only been a week since i made it for the very first time….great recipe..a keeper at our house.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      It is wonderful when your family enjoys a recipe. I have a short list of my “no fail” and “crowd pleasing” recipes. Chicken Marsala is one of them.

  • hilda atondo

    me encanto esta receta ya la he probado vaqriasd veces. excelente.

  • Amy

    I asked the manager at a Olive garden and she said they put molasses in their Marsala sauce…I don’t know how much.

    That’s an interesting tip, I never would have thought of that. ~Stephanie

  • Leilani

    This is a great recipe. BUT please note that no onions are included in the list of ingredients, nor in the instructions for cooking. Should they be sauteed first? Please check this out. Thanks!
    Leilani, checked it out, and made the modification. Thanks! ~Stephanie

  • Richard

    Umm gonna try this recipie tonight, howver i noticed an onion on one of the chicken pieces in the picture above. I will add it to my dinner tonite…

  • Annette

    I actually got this recipe on here a few years ago and have made it alot. It’s fantastic!! I’ve used regular white button mushrooms, which are great. But I definately prefer the baby bella mushrooms. It’s so good. I would love the recipe for the stuffed marsala also, if anyone can come up with that one!!

  • http://Website(optional) colleen

    does anyone know how to make the Stuffed version of this? the one with the cheeses in between two chicken pieces?

  • Sue Minick

    Just finished making this for dinner and it was very good….a keeper. I used only two chicken breasts and right after I took the chicken breasts out I thickened the sauce with a smidge of cornstarch in water. I put the breasts over linguine and poured the sauce over that……looked great and tasted great. I used baby bella mushrooms for this.

  • beth

    What kind of fresh mushrooms do you use in this recipe?

  • Tracy

    I made this the other night and it was a big hit with my husband and two kids. It was easy and quick to make.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You can use the regular white button mushrooms you find in the grocery store on these.