Chicken Marsala Sauce

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Assistant Cook
Dec 21, 2020
buffalo, ny
qty=4 servings
Here are my ingredients (measurements are in the general range):
Broth/stock (chicken stock)
Cream (heavy)
Garlic, chopped
Marsala wine
Mushrooms, sliced
Olive oil
Onion, diced
Salt & pepper

Here are my steps:
Melt butter to hot saute pan
Add onions and mushrooms 2-3 min
Add garlic 30 sec
Deglaze with wine and chicken stock 1 min
Add roux (clar butter + flour), whisk well 1 min
Add cream & return the chicken back into the sauce 2-2 1/2 min

Should I move the "roux" step earlier? I think that whisking at the point I have it won't inhibit flavor infusion. Thoughts?

Andy M.

Certified Pretend Chef
Sep 1, 2004
Instead of using a roux, consider just dusting the chicken cutlets with flour before cooking them. The flour will serve to thicken the sauce.


Washing Up
Dec 29, 2020
heber city
Dusting the chicken with flour before cooking it is a short cut to a brown roux which will discolor the cream sauce and slightly change the flavor of the meat and sauce.. This dish requires blonde roux.

Do not whisk the roux in with everything else. It may not get evenly cooked. Since you already have O oil, use O oil for the roux, not butter since you already have milk fat in the cream. To make a blond or white roux: push the stuff in the skillet aside. Tip the skillet to get a pool of oil in the clear spot. Add sprinkle the flour in oil puddle. If flour is not covered by oil, stir it a bit until it shows the first signs of yellowing. When that happens, immediately add chkn stock or vermouth or a white wine. Stir everything together say the base for the cream sauce in the pot. Years ago we stopped using roux to thicken and now use cornstarch. It faster, less likely to get messed up, and easier to control the degree of thickening, and (presentation) it adds sheen to the sauce than roux doesn't not have. See a Chinese cookbook on how to do it.

Marsala has a very strong flavor, but the key to a good marsala sauce is just use enough to produce a hint of marsala to taste . Do not deglaze with marsala-- too much would be required. Vermouth or a Rhine wine are great flavors to use with chicken for deglazing & sauce. The test of great sauce is that if you shut your eyes & taste it, you can't tell what is in it, so don't blow it away with too much marsala.


Site Team
Staff member
Feb 16, 2013
Waterdown, Ontario
Hi JBClaypool, welcome!

Although I agree with a lot of what the others said, but to answer your direct question,

if you are going to use your roux, do it before adding the liquid. Stir, whisk as you see it thickening and then add your liquids gradually, whisking all the time.

By adding the roux after the liquid you are in danger of creating lumps and, perhaps, uncooked flour.

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