The Easiest Healthy Chicken Marsala
This chicken marsala has all of the flavors of the classic but is made to be healthier, paleo, and whole30 friendly!
What is Chicken Marsala?
Chicken marsala is a classic Italian comfort food dish made with chicken cutlets that are lightly floured, along with mushrooms and a savory sauce made from marsala cooking wine. It’s traditionally served with pasta to make the main dish.
I think I’ve done enough gushing about Italian food on this blog, but just in case… I love Italian food. Growing up, always went to Italian restaurants at least once a week, and even though I almost always got pizza or pasta, I eventually started ordering chicken marsala. This decadent dish is made with Marsala wine, mushrooms, and flour chicken cutlets, and I loved ordering it!
This version of chicken marsala is a bit untraditional as it’s made without marsala wine to keep it whole30, but it still has the same flavor and comfort! No flour, no alcohol, no dairy!
The Ingredients for this Recipe
- Chicken cutlets. You can either buy chicken cutlets at the butcher counter or simply make them at home by slicing chicken breasts into cutlets!
- Chicken broth. This is the base of the sauce.
- Sherry vinegar. This is the substitute for marsala wine in the recipe to make this recipe whole30 compliant. You could also use wine if desired!
- Arrowroot starch. Arrowroot is used as a grain-free substitute for flour!
- Baby Bella mushrooms
How do you make easy & healthy chicken marsala?
- Coat the chicken. Add the salt and pepper to the chicken cutlets on both sides and dredge in arrowroot starch until fully coated.
- Sear the chicken breasts. Drop the chicken cutlets into a heated pan with hot oil and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until crispy.
- Make the mushroom sauce. Using the same pan, add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until softened. Pour in the chicken broth and sherry vinegar and bring to a low simmer.
- Combine the chicken and mushroom sauce. Add the chicken back to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Top with parsley and salt further to taste.
How do make chicken marsala without wine?
An awesome option to use instead of wine is sherry vinegar! It still has the acid that you’d need from the wine, but without any alcohol.
Can you use something other than sherry vinegar?
You can also use balsamic vinegar for a similar flavor.
Can you just use marsala wine instead?
Of course! If you tolerate it and would prefer to use it, go for it.
What do you serve with chicken marsala?
- Pasta of your choice (like spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or gluten-free pasta if tolerated)
- Roasted or sauteed zucchini
- Broccoli or broccolini
Can you use something other than arrowroot starch?
Personally, I think arrowroot yields the best results, but you can also try to use tapioca starch instead.
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The Easiest Healthy Chicken Marsala
- Total Time: 35
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
This chicken marsala has all of the flavors of the classic but is made to be paleo, whole30, and AIP compliant!
- 3–4 tbsp olive oil (substitute avocado oil)
- 1 lb chicken cutlets
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 3 tbsp arrowroot starch
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
- Using a large deep pan, heat 3 tbsp of oil on medium heat.
- Add the salt and pepper to the chicken cutlets on both sides and dredge in arrowroot starch until fully coated.
- Drop the chicken cutlets into the hot oil and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until crispy and internal temperature reads 165 F. Set the chicken aside.
- Using the same pan, add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add more oil if needed along with the mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until softened.
- Pour in the chicken broth and sherry vinegar and bring to a low simmer.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
- Top with parsley and salt further to taste.
Please note all nutrition information is an estimation.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 25
- Category: one pot meals
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 167
- Fat: 14.4g
- Carbohydrates: 9g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Protein: 2.6g
Keywords: easy chicken marsala, chicken marsala, healthy chicken marsala
This recipe originally appeared on Unbound Wellness is 2019 and was republished in 2020 with new photos.
I think your carb count is off. Arrowroot has 28 carbs in a 1/4 cup. If this makes 4 servings that would mean at least 7 grams of carbs.
Maybe I’m not seeing this on my screen well. Is the finished chicken supposed to be crunchy? Sometimes I try for crunchy & it turns goopy. I learn by pictures, not the greatest cook, but trying! ????
It’s not really crunchy, but the arrowroot helps to slightly crisp it. Chicken Marsala is in a sauce so it’s not really crunchy.
This looks so good! Is there a good substitute you could recommend for the sherry vinegar?
You can try balsamic 🙂
This is delicious! I wasn’t sure how to plate it, so I made some glass noodles and put the chicken on top. I also sauteed some onion and carrots. It made another gourmet meal!
This was fantastic! I used King Arthur GF flour and it turned out perfect. Even my ridiculously picky 14yo son loved it!
YAY! Thank you, Cindi!! So happy it was a hit 🙂
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I really enjoyed this! Made it with white wine. What veg do you like to serve it with? I think I made salad last time but now I’m thinking roast green beans or broccoli?
So glad you liked it!! I think it pairs well with broccoli! 🙂
So delicious! My 18month old and husband loved it too! Thank you for a great recipe! So excited to try more of your recipes!
SO glad you all liked it, Jackie!! Thank you so much!!
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This was great! Only sub I made was marsala wine instead of the sherry vinegar. Will be in the regular rotation for sure!
Thank you so much! So glad you liked it!
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This was awesome, my whole family loved it. Not sure if shallots or onions are AIP friendly as I am just looking into it, but we thought it would be great with that added. Having great meal options like this make the AIP diet not seem so bad!
Thank you so much, Vanessa! Shallots and onions are totally AIP 🙂
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Delicious! The whole family LOVED it! Such a treat!
Thank you so much, Jillian!! So glad you liked it!
I’m doing a January Whole30 and wanted to make this as a meal prep lunch for a few days since my husband doesn’t like mushrooms so I can’t make it for dinner. How long do you think it would last in the fridge? It looks delicious and I love mushrooms! 🙂
It would probably be good for 3 days, maybe 4!
This looks amazing and I cant wait to try it!! What would you suggest I plate it with? I am AIP
Thanks, Brittany! It’s great with zucchini noodles or a side salad 🙂
What can be used in place of Sherry vinegar? Don’t have anything like that in my house.
I hope I’m not sounding totally stupid but what are chicken cutlets?
If I can’t do sherry vinegar which would you recommend? Ideally I am supposed to just us apple cider but I do treat myself to others just not alcohol based ones.
This is yet another delicious recipe you have shared. I used jovial’s cassava spaghetti pasta and it couldn’t get any better.
Next time, I am going to flatten the chicken breast. I had thick chicken breasts and it took longer to cook. This is a recipe I will be making often.
Love the recipe, thanks for sharing. For some reason my sauce is very snotty when using arrowroot starch. How can I prevent this from happening?
Sorry to hear that! Arrowroot can get a little gummy, but an easy way to counteract it is just adding a bit more liquid and simmering from a couple more minutes to thin it out.
this was delicious!
Absolutely amazing!! Simple to cook and oh so good. Added cooked broccoli on the side for me and rice for the kids.
This was amazing….my kids were licking their plates.
This was yummy!
I could not find sherry vinegar so I used white balsamic which tasted lovely. Prior to adding to the pan, I added the arrowroot to the bone broth to make a slurry and give the mushrooms that creaminess.
In an effort to use less oil, I roasted chicken breasts (pounded out to about 1/2 inch thick) in a greased pan with bone broth, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, thyme, salt — 400°F for about 35-40 min and basted every 10 min.
I served the mushrooms over the chicken along side some lemony asparagus and crispy roasted sweet potatoes.
It was a hit! Thanks for the inspiration!
So glad you enjoyed!!
can you make this a day ahead? (for a dinner party)
Sure! I would reheat it in the pan when you’re read to serve