Chicken Marsala seems like a simple dish, but a lot can-and does-go wrong. Our recipe succeeds because we use a few simple kitchen tricks-and lot of restraint with the ingredient list.
Why This Recipe Works
A well-loved Italian restaurant classic, Chicken Marsala seems simple enough, yet many recipes result in chewy, dry, or slimy chicken in a sickeningly sweet sauce. We wanted a foolproof recipe, so we cut the Marsala wine with chicken stock, which gave us a sauce that was sweet but not saccharine. To prevent the browned mushrooms from absorbing too much liquid and becoming limp and soggy, we added them to the sauce at the last minute. This step also prevented them from absorbing too much alcohol and tasting “boozy."