Tender and juicy chicken breasts are enveloped in a luscious creamy sauce with this keto Chicken Marsala dish. Easy, hearty, and satisfying, this is an easy keto chicken recipe and one that can be on the table in about 30!
This easy chicken Marsala recipe is another one of those restaurant recipes that is easier to make at home than you might believe! And, it only takes a few ingredients to turn this dish into a spectacular meal. Hungry for something delicious? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make this Italian Chicken Marsala recipe.
What Is Marsala?
Marsala is a kind of fortified wine (wine with spirits added to it, in this case brandy) that’s made in Italy, usually in and around Sicily. It is more like sherry or Maderia than regular wine, and is often used in cooking.
Valued for it’s sweet, nutty flavor profile, it has a distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with cream, mushrooms and chicken. Make sure you look for a drinking wine, not a Marsala cooking wine (they often have added salt).
Can You Make Chicken Marsala without Wine?
Well you can make this low carb chicken Marsala dish without the addition of Marsala, but then it would be just chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauce.
Marsala has such a distinct flavor that really is the hallmark ingredient in this amazing easy keto chicken recipe.
- Chicken breast – boneless and skinless is what you want for this recipe
- Marsala wine – you can find this in your local liquor store
- Mushrooms – white mushrooms, cremini, or even portobello mushrooms will work
- Chicken broth – use homemade bone broth or store-bought low-sodium chicken broth
- Heavy whipping cream
- Butter – salted is fine
- Avocado oil
- Xanthan gum (optional)
- Green onion
How To Make Keto Chicken Marsala
- If your chicken breasts are thick, slice them into two horizontally.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then brown them in a combination of sizzling oil and butter.
- Remove the chicken and add the mushrooms, garlic, and shallot.
- Deglaze the pan with broth, then add the cream and reduce by about one third.
- Add the chicken, Marsala, and green onion to the pan. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through.
- Add a tbsp of garlic to enrich the sauce and thicken the sauce with 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum (optional).
- Serve and enjoy!
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Normally in a sauce like this you’d deglaze the pan with Marsala and then add a touch more at the end. However, to make this Chicken Marsala keto recipe, we’re adding it all at the end for maximum flavor and the fewest carbs.
- Thick chicken breasts take too long to cook in this dish. You want them at most 1/2-inch thick. If your breasts are thicker than that, slice them horizontally into two mostly even pieces.
- Get the oil and butter sizzling hot to get a bit of brown color on the breasts – brown food is tasty food!
- You can certainly skip the xanthan gum in this recipe. If you do use it, don’t use more than 1/4 tsp! Resist the urge to add more – it will thicken up as it cooks and sits. Use a whisk to whisk it in and to avoid lumps.
What To Serve With This Dish
Are you wondering what to serve with Chicken Marsala? I love this creamy chicken recipe served with roasted asparagus (I do mine in the air fryer), or you can serve it with another bright green veggie like Broccoli & Garlic.
A creamy mashed cauliflower will also help you absorb all that yummy sauce.
Is This Dish Freezer Friendly?
Yes! You can freeze this recipe. Simply chill it thoroughly in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, then package it in air-tight containers or zippered plastic bags for up to three months.
Thaw it in the fridge and then reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it can be! Marsala wine is higher in carbs but when added to the sauce near the end of the cooking time, you can use less of it. We’re also not dusting the chicken breasts in flour before cooking.
A hearty portion of this tasty dish has just 8 net carbs, making it a great pick for a keto and low-carb diet.
Quality counts when making Chicken Marsala, so look for a bottle that was made in Sicily. The fortified wine should be drinkable and smooth. Don’t purchase anything that is labeled for cooking – they tend to have a higher salt content.
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Step By Step Process
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Keto Chicken Marsala
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 3 tbsp butter divided
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast boneless, skinless
- 12 ounces mushrooms washed and sliced
- 2 tbsp shallots diced
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1/4 cup marsala
- 1 cup chicken bone broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup green onions sliced
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- Bring 1 tbsp of butter and the avocado oil to a sizzle in a large skillet. Season the chicken and then brown it on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Set the chicken aside.
- Add another tbsp of butter and sauté the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic until the mushrooms are tender and have given up their liquid – about 4-5 minutes.
- Deglaze with the bone broth and then add the cream. Simmer and reduce by about a third.
- Put the chicken and any juices back into the sauce and simmer until the chicken is cooked through to 165-F. Add the Marsala wine and whisk in the remaining tbsp of butter. Add the green onions.
- Thicken with xanthan gum (optional), top with parsley, and serve!
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Even More to Love!
Here are a few more low-carb recipes and keto favorites to try:
- Crack cauliflower
- Instant pot sauerkraut and sausage
- Beefy minestrone soup
- and for breakfast, this meaty hash.
And if you need help counting carbs, check out this net carb calculator!