This recipe for chicken marsala is healthier than the traditional version, thanks to a few simple substitutions. The dish is made with skinless, boneless chicken breasts and mushrooms instead of the usual Marsala wine sauce. A bit of low-fat milk adds creaminess and body to the dish without all of the calories. This recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite in your house!
Replace chicken with mushrooms for a vegetarian-friendly dish
If you would like to make a vegetarian-friendly version of chicken marsala, simply replace the chicken with mushrooms. You can use any variety of mushrooms you like, but we recommend using cremini mushrooms for the best flavor and texture. The mushrooms will need to be cooked for a bit longer than the chicken, so be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
You can add a green vegetable such as spinach or kale to this chicken marsala recipe for an extra boost of nutrition. The spinach or kale will add color, flavor, and important vitamins and minerals. Be sure to chop them into small pieces so that they cook quickly and evenly.
Use whole grain flour instead of all-purpose white flour
To make the chicken marsala even healthier, you can use whole grain flour instead of all-purpose white flour. All-purpose white flour is high in carbohydrates and low in fiber, while whole grain flour contains more fiber and nutrients. Using whole grain flour will add a bit of complexity to the flavor of the dish, but it is a healthy and delicious way to make this classic recipe a bit more nutritious.
Add in more vegetables for added nutrients and color
If you would like to make this chicken marsala recipe even healthier, you can add in more vegetables for added nutrients and color. Some good options include carrots, celery, and bell peppers. These vegetables will add flavor and texture to the dish, as well as important vitamins and minerals. Be sure to chop them into small pieces so that they cook quickly and evenly. You can also add in a green vegetable such as spinach or kale for an extra boost of nutrition.
Healthy chicken marsala recipe
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken breasts and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the mushrooms. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
Add in the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Pour in the Marsala wine (or white wine) and bring to a boil. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until reduced by half.
Stir in the low-fat milk and continue cooking for another minute, or until heated through.
Serve the chicken marsala over cooked whole grain pasta or brown rice, garnished with fresh parsley if desired