20-Minute Creamy Chicken Marsala with Prosciutto


A bit of prosciutto adds savory flavor to this sauce. Serve this quick-cooking dish with whole-wheat angel hair pasta.

20-Minute Creamy Chicken Marsala with Prosciutto
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound chicken cutlets, trimmed

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped (½ cup)

  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms

  • ¼ cup minced shallots

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ½ cup Marsala wine (see Tip)

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place flour in a shallow dish and dredge the chicken in it, pressing gently to help it adhere. Discard any excess flour.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add prosciutto to the pan and cook, scraping up any browned bits, for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in shallots, garlic, thyme and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until the shallot is translucent, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, cream and Marsala, scraping up any browned bits. Cook until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes.

  4. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Cook, flipping the cutlets occasionally, until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired.


Tip: Hailing from Sicily, Marsala gets sweetness and dimension from the addition of brandy. It adds complexity to this creamy sauce. For the best flavor, choose Marsala from the wine section of your store (near the other fortified wines). Skip "cooking Marsala," which has added sodium.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. chicken & ½ cup sauce
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 475mg 21%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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