4.72 from 7 reviews

One-Pot Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta

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marsala chicken pasta in a non stick pan

Chicken marsala can be found on almost any menu in an Italian restaurant.

Being Italian, I figured my blog should have some more of these classics but with my twists on them.

When I have friends over or I am wanting to cook something yummy, yet easy, pasta and one-pot meals save the day.

One-pot meals are always so easy, full of flavor, and no one usually dislikes them. #winning

Ingredient Notes

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: thighs could work too, you just need to cut into bite sized pieces
  • Mushrooms: baby bella white mushrooms are our favorites
  • White onion: or yellow onion will do
  • Garlic: fresh if you can!
  • Marsala wine
  • Chicken broth: can also use vegetable broth
  • Heavy cream (or milk)
  • Fusilli pasta: or favorite pasta shape of choice
  • Seasonings: thyme, basil, oregano, salt, pepper
  • Cornstarch: this is used to to thicken sauce

Step by Step Directions

step by step photos of how to make chicken marsala pasta
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add in 2 Tbsp. olive oil.
  2. Cut chicken breast into bite sized chunks and add to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken completely (until no longer pink). Set chicken aside on a plate.
  3. Add last Tbsp. of olive oil and add in sliced mushrooms, cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally and then add chicken back in.
  4. Add in the chicken broth, heavy cream, marsala wine, pasta and seasonings.
  5. Bring to a boil, then place lid on, turn heat down to low and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
  6. Remove lid and stir in the corn starch slurry (1 Tbsp, corn starch mixed with 2 Tbsp. milk) This will thicken the sauce.
  7. Add in the freshly grated parmesan and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately. Yum!

What is marsala wine?

Marsala wine is a fortified wine made in Sicily. Marsala is most commonly used in cooking to create nutty, rich caramelized sauces.

fusilli pasta in a creamy white sauce in a non stick skillet pot

What is the best marsala wine for cooking?

My only rule here is to not buy “cooking” marsala and to purchase marsala wine, the real stuff. This doesn’t mean you need to spend the big bucks on a bottle. You can find reasonably priced bottles! I also like a dry marsala for this dish.

What else can I use marsala wine for?

You can use sweet marsala for desserts such as almond cake or biscotti, dry marsala for pork tenderloin or other chicken recipes. It makes a great addition to sauces.

Substitutions

  • If you don’t want to use the marsala wine, add an additional 1 cup of chicken broth. It won’t taste the same of course, but it’s still a delicious meal.
  • You can discard the cream as well if you want to make dairy free.
  • If you don’t have or can’t find marsala wine, you can use Madeira wine. Both wines are fortified wines with a rich nutty flavor that is delicious with mushrooms and chicken!

This One-Pot Chicken Marsala pasta is:

  • Restaurant quality flavor
  • A 30 minute meal
  • Perfect for a family dinner
  • Can be made dairy free (omit the cream and Parmesan)
  • Great for meal prep
  • Creamy and satisfying
  • Delicious with salad or asparagus

Which do you love more?

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4.72 from 7 reviews

One-Pot Chicken Marsala Pasta

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
One-Pot Chicken Marsala Pasta is an easy, 30 minute weeknight meal for the entire family to enjoy. Pair with asparagus or a green salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 lb. fusilli pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tsp. Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp. basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, dried
  • 1-2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1/2 bunch Parsley, roughly chopped

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Instructions 

  • Cut chicken breast into small, bite sized pieces. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat and add in 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Add chicken into the pot.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken cubes completely (until no longer pink). Set chicken aside on a plate.
  • Add last Tbsp. of olive oil and add in sliced mushrooms, onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally and then add chicken back in. Add in the chicken broth, heavy cream, marsala wine, pasta and seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil, then place lid on, turn heat down to low and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Remove lid. Mix cornstarch and milk in a small bowl and add into pasta to thicken. Bring to a boil to thicken for 5-10 min, adding more cornstarch as needed. Garnish with the fresh parmesan and parsley. Serve immediately.

Equipment

Wooden spoon to stir

Video

Notes

Pair with your favorite side salad. 

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Anna

Looks delicious! Do you also use chili flakes in this recipe, I saw some red flakes there?

Shannon

This was easy to make but 3 cups of heavy cream is too much so it was overkill and stayed rather liquidy. I was looking at similar recipes and they call for 1/2 cup cream. Other than that it was certainly simple and quick to make and tasted good. I will try to reduce it more or add some more corn starch. Thanks for sharing.

Jessica Formicola

One pot meals are my jam lately! I love the easy clean up! I can’t wait to try this one – thanks so much for sharing!

Courtney

This was an excellent dinner – the whole family loved it!

Vicky

I love this recipe! On a busy night, the last thing I want to do is spend all evening cleaning up from cooking dinner. Having all this done in one pot, makes it so easy!

Luci's Morsels

I love pasta and one pot meals for having guests over as well! This looks so tasty. And I had no idea how many ways you could use marsala wine! Count me in for tasty pasta and almond cake!!

Kate

This has all my favorite foods all in one dish! Making this tonight!!