Our Instant Pot chicken marsala recipe makes a main dish in roughly half an hour, thanks to the pressure- cooking method.
The dish is equally as flavorful and glamorous as what you would order in an Italian restaurant: the tender, perfectly -seared chicken, and sweet, earthy, brown mushrooms. They’re all smothered in a creamy wine sauce and served over a bed of pasta.
Today’s chicken marsala, with a glamorous look and distinctively comforting taste, is lavish enough for a weekend party and easy enough for a regular weeknight dinner. Before we get to the recipe card, here’re a few interesting things about this Italian-inspired recipe.
What Is Chicken Marsala?
Chicken Marsala is a popular Italian-style dish found in any Italian restaurant here in the US. Chicken is seasoned in condiments and spices, briefly browned, and returned to the wine-base marsala sauce.
This signature sauce is made by reducing the wine and liquid to a syrup-like consistency. The sauce is then poured over the chicken and pasta and served hot.
Is This Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Healthy?
The short answer is yes; our Instant Pot Chicken Marsala recipe is healthy.
To start with, unlike other marsala pasta recipes online, we keep a strict eye on the amount of added milk and cream. Each serving ends up containing approximately 7 g of saturated fat, which is relatively low for a portion of creamy pasta.
Moreover, the recipe contains a limited amount of calories (approximately 500 calories) with pasta included. Our chicken marsala leaves decent calorie room to combine a green side dish and vitamin-rich juice drink for a more balanced meal.
Plus, by using lean meat like chicken breast, our chicken marsala provides up to 46 g of protein per serving. That is roughly 90% of the recommended daily intake from the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines. In other words, the dish is an excellent source of protein.
Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Ingredients
To make this fork-tender chicken in creamy marsala sauce, you’ll need these ingredients:
We used skinless, boneless chicken breasts since they’re easy to buy and labor-saving. You also want to look for cuts of a similar size (6 – 8 ounces); so every piece will take the same cooking time.
Opt for other variants like skin-on, bone-in breasts, or thighs if you want. They also work beautifully in this recipe.
Brown mushrooms with their signature earthy notes are cooked in the wine and cream sauce to compliment the chicken’s flavor.
The addition of dairies like milk and heavy cream is a genuine game-changer in thick-sauce pasta dishes like this chicken marsala. As well as improving the overall consistency, dairy products lend a pleasant richness and balance out the acidity of the wine.
Our recipe features a flavor-packed sauce with a simple blend of salt, pepper, and paprika.
Marsala Sauce for Chicken
The marsala sauce starts by browning the onion and garlic in melted butter. Then browned mushrooms are added and caramelized for their umami flavor.
Then deglaze the pan with wine and let the alcohol evaporate for a few minutes. This step helps concentrate the sweetness and adds a hint of aged grape. The last ingredient to stir in is dairy — usually milk and heavy cream, which adds a luxurious richness to the sauce.
We used a Pinot Noir red wine for today’s recipe with its deep nutty flavors to create a rich caramelized sauce. If you’re unable to find red wine, you could use more broth and boil it down, but also note that the flavor profile won’t be the same.
When cooking the sauce, the acidity and alcohol from the wine combined with the cream may cause the sauce to clump or separate. To prevent this from happening to your sauce, follow these tips:
Older milk and heavy cream will curdle easier; it’s best to use cream purchased within only a few days of using.
Gently stir the sauce while adding cream.
Keep the sauce at a simmer after adding the dairy; avoid a rapid boil.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Chicken Marsala is one of those dishes that tastes even better after the flavors have been absorbed for one or two days. However, the pasta will lose its original texture and become mushy if covered in liquid for too long. It’s best to keep the pasta and sauce in separate airtight containers.
Refrigerated chicken marsala will last for 3 days, and you can keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Whenever ready to use, reheat the pasta and sauce on the stovetop using a non-skillet pan. Also, add one or two tablespoons of broth to deglaze the pan. Another quick way is to microwave it for a few minutes until heated through; you’ll have quick, healthy, comfort food for dinner.
What to Serve With Instant Pot Chicken Marsala
This chicken marsala is perfect for pairing with a carb-rich accompaniment such as pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. You can also transform this comforting pasta into a full meal; we served it with kale salad and cucumber lime juice. These sides give the creamy pasta a refreshing contrast in flavor and texture, balancing the overall taste.
More Delicious Instant Pot Chicken Recipes
When we say ‘juicy chicken breasts’, we really mean it. After searing the meat to golden brown we used the rack that comes with the Instant Pot to pressure-steam it, and what came out was perfection. Beneath the rack simmers a mushroom sauce, which also collects all of the meat juice dripping down. There's seriously a whole lot of flavor.
Crispy corn tortillas, tender, well-seasoned chicken, fresh vegetables, and a tangy lime sauce are used to make these tacos. The recipe has a longer ingredient list than usual, but it only takes half an hour to prepare, thanks to the Instant Pot. The meat also turns out really tender and flavorful.
Season 24 oz chicken breast with 1/2 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tbsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp paprika. Set aside.
Turn the Instant Pot to the ‘Sauté’ mode and heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Add the seasoned chicken cubes to the pot and sear both sides of the meat for about 5 minutes.
Transfer the chicken to a plate. Melt 1 tbsp butter and add 2 tbsp garlic and 2 oz onions to the pot. Sauté the spices for 1 minute or until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add 8 oz brown mushrooms and stir fry for another 3 minutes.
Pour in 2 fl oz Pinot Noir red wine and continue cooking for 2 minutes until the wine has evaporated.
Return the chicken to the Instant Pot. Season the mixture with the remaining 1/2 tsp salt.
Close the lid and set the pot to the ‘Stew Meat’ mode for 7 minutes.
Naturally release the pressure before opening the lid. Stir in 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup milk, and 4 tbsp heavy cream. Set the ‘Sauté’ mode and cook to thicken the sauce for about 5 minutes.
Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped parsley. Serve hot over boiled pasta.
Instant Pot Chicken Marsala
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 494Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Vitamin A 81IU
Vitamin C 2mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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