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Bacon Chicken Marsala

This single-skillet chicken and mushroom dish is packed with flavor from sweet marsala wine, smoky bacon, and mascarpone cheese.
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tara Leung


  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 small chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 pounds), pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup marsala wine
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon, stirring frequently, until fully cooked, about 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. (Discard excess flour.) Place chicken in the skillet with bacon fat in a single layer. (Cook chicken in 2 batches if it doesn’t fit.) Cook over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes per side, until chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 degrees). Remove chicken to a plate.
  3. In the same skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms release their juices, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1-2 more minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Pour in marsala wine and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet. Pour in chicken broth. Let simmer for 15 minutes, so sauce is slightly reduced.
  5. Add mascarpone cheese and stir until cheese is melted and incorporated into the sauce. Stir bacon pieces into the sauce. Nestle chicken back into the mushroom sauce and cook 3-5 more minutes, until heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley.