Instant Pot Chicken Marsala [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala is a restaurant-quality dish, full of flavors, with incredibly tender and juicy chicken. It is easily made in the pressure cooker for the perfect weeknight meal.

Instant Pot recipes are favorite around here, because they are made in a fraction of the time, and are perfect during weeknights. Like our popular Instant Pot Orange Chicken, Instant Pot General Tso, and Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken, this Chicken Marsala is full of delicious flavors.

Ultimate Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala is creamy, flavorful, and comes together in about 30 minutes. It is made with juicy chicken cutlets cooked in mushroom and Marsala wine sauce. For this recipe, we used thighs because they give a richer and more profound flavor.

However, chicken breast works perfectly fine as well. Traditionally, the meat is coated in flour and briefly sautéed, but since I wanted a lighter version, I skipped that step. I also don’t find it necessary, since the poultry will later be broiled to add crispiness.

Our favorite part about this recipe is the marsala wine sauce which gives this dish a rich and savory taste. The combination of mushrooms and heavy cream goes well in this dish. The delicious buttery and tender chicken, full of aromatic spices is still a favorite here. We love making it at home and serving it with pasta and bread for dipping. It is such an indulgence!

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Ingredients:

  • chicken thighs (but you can use breasts as well)
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • Marsala wine
  • chicken stock
  • garlic
  • heavy cream
  • cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • dried oregano, parsley, and basil


In addition to the recipe card below, I have attached a short video instruction on how to prepare this dish. 

  1. First, add 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot while on SAUTE mode. Then, add chicken thighs to the Instant Pot and sauté till golden brown on each side (3-4 minutes). Remove the chicken to a plate and use 1/2 cup of chicken broth to deglaze the pot.
  2. After that, add and sauté the mushrooms, onions, garlic, and dried herbs.
  3. Next, add the 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 2/3 cup Marsala wine, and chicken thighs back to the Instant Pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook on High-Pressure mode for 10 minutes with a 15-minute natural release.
  4. When the chicken is finished cooking, remove it to a baking sheet and broil it until crispy.
  5. With the Instant Pot on SAUTE, add the heavy cream and cornstarch slurry. The sauce will be creamy and it will thicken from the cornstarch.
  6. Just before serving, you can sprinkle the dish with chopped parsley.


We used chicken thighs in this recipe for a richer flavor. However, you can use breast or even drumsticks. Both will work well, and the cooking time should be the same.

What wine is best to use for chicken marsala?

Dry Marsala wine works best in this dish. Also, marsala wine has a deep, smokey flavor, which is perfect for really savory dishes like this one.

Marsala Wine Substitutes:

This marsala wine has a very distinct flavor and is the secret ingredient in this dish. It is usually sold next to cooking wines and vinegar in your grocery store. However, if you cannot find it, these are some substitute alternatives:

  • dry sherry
  • grape juice with a little bit of brandy
  • dry white wine with brandy


Some great suggestions are listed below:


Chicken Marsala can be easily frozen. To do so, you will have to let the chicken mixture cool to room temperature. Then, seal in separate large zip-top plastic freezer bags. Label with the date, and freeze for up to 2-3 months, or longer if you use a deep freezer.


  • Transfer the frozen Chicken Marsala to your refrigerator the night before you wish to use it to allow it to thaw.
  • Reheat it to at least 350 F for about 20 minutes before you consume it.
  • Microwave the chicken or heat it up in the saucepan, you can also put it in a hot oven until it warms up.

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RECIPE TIPS and Tricks:

  • Use quality meat, it will make a huge difference in taste. Breasts or drumsticks can be used as well. 
  • Also, the best way to brown the chicken tights in the IP is to do it in small batches and not turning until they have formed a crust on the bottom. This way, you will have a perfect golden brown chicken, and also they will not stick to the Instant Pot.
  • Another option is to brown the poultry in a skillet, while you sauté the mushrooms in the Pressure Cooker.
  • In addition, I prefer to dry the mushrooms when making my Chicken Marsala. I let the mushrooms soak in hot water for at least a couple of hours before cooking. As a result, the mushrooms soak up the liquid and become soft and tender.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one and use it all the time. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
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5 from 10 reviews

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala is a restaurant quality dish, full of flavors, with incredibly tender chicken. It is easily made in the Instant Pot for the perfect weeknight meal.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Cornstarch Mix:



Browning the Chicken:

Sautéing the Veggies:

Pressure Cooking:

Broiling - optional:

Cornstarch Mix:


Nutrition information

Calories: 419 Carbohydrates: 15 Protein: 20 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 112 Sodium: 249 Potassium: 591 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 120 Vitamin C: 5.4 Calcium: 61 Iron: 1.4
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Claudia Lamascolo

I am so interested in getting this pot. This recipe sounds so good and really easy to make. I hope I get one for Christmas!


You should get one, you will love it!



This looks so quick and easy using the instant pot! Perfect weeknight dinner!


yes, so easy and tasty!



Your photos have me craving this now! It's one of my favorites and can't wait to try it in an IP.


one of my faves too!



I agree with chicken marsala is restaurant favorite one. Instant pot makes cooking everything easy. I too use instant pot everyday. Love this creamy rich Chicken marsala with less effort.


So much easier and quicker!


Melanie Bauer

This is absolutely a fabulous weeknight dinner! I bet those flavors on it are amazing, can't wait to give it a try!



Instant pot sure makes meals quick and easy. This Chicken marsala dish sounds so flavorful and delicious,


Chrissie Baker

OMG, this was amazing. My family including my picky kids loved it. I bought a bag of frozen breast tenders and doubled the liquid part of the recipe along with the shallots and garlic. We had it over bow tie pasta. My husband wants again tomorrow night. Thank you, this is our favorite.



Instant Pot dishes are always a great idea! This is in our future! So easy and delicious!


Cheese Curd In Paradise

I love my instant pot, and I love finding tried and true recipe my family will love. I am going to give this a try!



What a comforting and delicious meal for the winter evenings. Your photos are absolutely drool worthy! I would love this tonight for dinner.


Marisa Franca

You have some amazing Instant Pot recipes and this Chicken Marsala is no exception. We also prefer using chicken thighs -- they don't dry out and they are so easy to use for delicious recipes. I'm hoping that I get an Instant Pot for Christmas -- then I can try out all of your recipes.


Jessica | The Novice Chef

I'm so stoked to try this! Perfect to add to our menu while I'm on maternity leave!


You will love it! and congrats :)


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I love this! looks so good! This couldn't look any more perfect!



So delicious and easy! Substituted Brady for Marsala since we were out, and had very good flavor. Won't let me rate the recipe, but I definitely give it a 5 star


Hi Katie, thank you for the nice feedback, glad you have enjoyed it!


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