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Chicken with Marsala, Mushrooms & Gorgonzola

Scott Phillips

Servings: 2-3

There are two things about chicken breasts that every busy home cook should know. First, the possibilities are endless, and second, slicing boneless breasts on an angle and searing the slices over medium-high heat, makes for quick-cooking, golden brown, juicy chicken.We recommend serving this version of Chicken Marsala over mini penne, but any pasta shape will do.


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz. cremini or white mushrooms, sliced 1/8 inch thick (about 2-1/4 cups)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola (1/3 cup)
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on three servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 510
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 280
  • Fat (g): 31
  • Saturated Fat (g): 12
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15
  • Cholesterol (mg): 130
  • Sodium (mg): 760
  • Carbohydrates (g): 9
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 36


  • Trim the chicken, removing the tenders, and slice on an angle into 3/4-inch-thick pieces; season generously with salt and pepper.

  • In a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan, heat 2 Tbs. of the oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add half of the chicken and cook, flipping once, until lightly browned and just barely cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate; repeat with the remaining chicken. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the mushrooms, season lightly with salt, and sauté, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened and well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 20 to 30 seconds. Pour in the Marsala and scrape the pan with the spoon to loosen any browned bits; simmer until the Marsala is reduced slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer until thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add two-thirds of the Gorgonzola and stir until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste the sauce; add salt and pepper as needed. Add the chicken along with any accumulated juices and turn to coat with the sauce. Serve immediatly, sprinkled with the remaining cheese and the parsley.

Start this meal with a crisp and creamy Celery, Fennel, and Black Olive Salad with Parmigiano Dressing.

Think Italian with this dish. Go for a young, fruity, high-acid red wine, such as a dolcetto, a Barbera, or a Sangiovese that’s not Chianti.  —Tim Gaiser


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Reviews (27 reviews)

  • 1newskibum | 12/02/2021

    This is so delicious, fast, and easy!! Serving with penne pasta was great and asparagus on the side. Just YUM.

  • Nancy213 | 02/22/2020

    Can I cook this in advance and just heat on serving

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    Leila215 | 11/19/2019

    I love this recipe! I've been making it since it first appeared in a 2004 issue about easy weeknight chicken dishes. When I was a student I used to buy blue cheese crumbles and it was delicious. Even better now that I buy nicer gorgonzola. Comes together in less than 30min and really flavorful.

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