I know you’re thinking, not another chicken recipe, but I eat chicken at least twice a week and I need to change it up as much as possible so I don’t get bored. You won’t get tired of making this recipe for chicken marsala with prosciutto.
Everyone needs a go-to chicken marsala recipe, and this one is pretty tasty with the addition of prosciutto. Once you’ve purchased a bottle of Marsala, which is very inexpensive, you are set. This only uses ½ cup so you’ll have plenty to make this over and over again.
How long does marsala wine last
Marsala wine is a sweet fortified wine from grapes grown only in Sicily and then fortified with Brandy. Since it’s a fortified wine, it will last a long time after being opened. Some say up to three years before the flavors start to fade. Just keep it in a cool dark place. Since I not only love this recipe but chicken marsala meatballs which are on a frequent rotation at my house, a bottle doesn’t last long for me.
What can you use to substitute for marsala wine
Nothing will give you the unique flavor marsala that marsala adds to a dish, but if you need to substitute, try another sweet wine like Madera or Port.
What is PROSCIUTTO
Prosciutto is made from the hind quarter or ham of the pig. It is slow cured for at least 400 days and up to three years. Since it’s air dried while it cures, you can eat it as is without cooking it. We cook it in this recipe to bring out the flavor. For more information on how prosciutto is cured, check out the Parma website.
How is Prosciutto different from bacon and pancetta
Bacon and pancetta on the other hand are raw and must be cooked before eating. They are both from the pork belly and are cured but the curing process is different. Bacon is cured and smoked while pancetta is just cured. They are not air dried so the meat is raw. Bacon and pancetta can be used interchangeable, with the difference being in whether you want the smoked for unsmoked flavor. Prosciutto has a very different flavor and does not have to be cooked.
We loved the flavor that develops from the adding marsala to the mushrooms and prosciutto. Just be careful not to cook the chicken too long. When it’s pounded thin, it only needs to cook a couple of minutes. If you cook it too long, it will get tough. Even Natalie, who hates mushrooms, likes chicken marsala. I trimmed all the fat off the prosciutto so that you get all the flavor from the prosciutto without getting too much added fat.
More recipes with PROSCIUTTO
If you want to experiment more with prosciutto, here are some of our favorite recipes:
- Wrap chicken in prosciutto and top with pesto
- For breakfast, line muffin cups with prosciutto and fill with an egg mixture
- Use some to top an appetizer like these mini croque monsieur for some extra flavor
- Add some crisped prosciutto to a pasta and scallop dish
How do you make this easy Chicken Marsala recipe
Step 1: Either cut the chicken into ¼ inch pieces or pound them. Dredge in a little flour and sauté in some olive oil. Since they are thin, this will only take a couple of minutes. You can make sure they are cooked through by using a meat thermometer and removing them from the pan when they have reached 165º. Remove them to a plate.
Step 2: In the same pan sauté the prosciutto and then add mushrooms and brown.
Step 3: Add wine to the pan and when it starts to boil, add chicken broth and simmer. Then add some butter and the chicken back to the pan so that the flavors soak in. Serve over egg noodles, pasta, rice or potatoes.
This is a great recipe to make when you are short of time or trying to impress friends.
What else can you make with marsala wine
- You can make our favorite which is chicken meatballs with a Marsala sauce
- Try making a mushroom and marsala sauce to serve over a juicy steak
More EASY weeknight chicken recipes to try
- A skillet of lemon chicken with potatoes only uses one pan and bakes in the oven
- Add some lemons and capers for a classic Italian lemon piccata
- Throw just a few ingredients together for queso chicken
- Cook chicken with balsamic vinegar and tomatoes and top with mozzarella cheese
What can you serve with chicken marsala
- Easy yeast rolls
- The Best mashed potatoes
- Oven roasted potatoes
- Cucumber salad
- Bacon flavored green beans
- Peach flavored cole slaw
Chicken Marsala with Prosciutto
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
- salt and pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- olive oil
- 4 ounces prosciutto thinly sliced
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms quartered
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup marsala wine
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet until about ¼ inch thick or cut chicken breasts in half with a knife so that they are ¼ inch thin. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Place flour in a shallow dish and dredge chicken pieces.
- Heat about 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. When hot, add chicken beasts, shaking off any excess flour. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once when golden brown. Remove to a plate.
- Lower heat to medium and add prosciutto cooking for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour in wine and let it come to a boil. Then add chicken stock and simmer until slightly reduced. Stir in butter and return chicken to the pan. Simmer for about 1 minute to heat the chicken.