Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  425
  • Protein  32 g
  • Carbohydrates  40 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  70 mg
  • Sodium  145 mg
  • Potassium  480 mg
  • Phosphorus  300 mg
  • Calcium  46 mg
  • Fiber  2.0 g

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is a famous, traditional Sicilian dish distinguished by its delicious sauce, a reduction of Marsala wine and shallots. Marsala wine is made only in Marsala, Italy from three types of locally grown grapes, and comes in sweet and dry flavors. Traditionally, sweet Marsala is recommended with chicken, but Michelle, a DaVita renal dietitian from New York, slightly modified the recipe to call for dry, so the signature taste remains with the sugar content reduced, making it kidney-friendly.

Diet types:

  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Michelle from New York.

Portions: 4     Serving size: One chicken breast, 1/2 cup rice, 2 tablespoons sauce


  • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup shallots, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Olivio® Premium Spread
  • 1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked white rice 


  1. Coat chicken with flour. In a large skillet, cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, turning chicken over once.
  2. Remove chicken from skillet, cover, and keep warm.
  3. Sauté shallots, mushrooms and parsley in Olivio® over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add wine, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook while stirring for 1 to 2 minutes, then pour over chicken and add vegetables.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley. 
  6. Serve with 1/2 cup of cooked white rice. Spoon sauce from skillet over each serving.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3-1/2 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Substitute 1/2 cup pasta with garlic and olive oil for rice if desired.
  • Olivio® Premium Spread is a vegetable oil and olive oil blend made into a spread similar to trans fat-free margarine. One tablespoon contains 80 calories, 8 g fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 cholesterol, 95 mg sodium.  If unavailable in your area substitute a similar soft tub spread.
  • If another wine is substituted, this dish becomes Chicken with Wine, as it will no longer have the distinct flavor provided by the Marsala wine.
  • This recipe is suitable for those on a lower protein diet if the portion of chicken is decreased to match their meal plan.

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Chicken Marsala

LB61 says:


I cook a lot of these recipes for my mom (CKD). She loves this one! She puts it over pasta. Can use chicken thighs if you like dark meat (moister) chicken.

Mar. 19, 2012, 3:19 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Marsala

Rocky_ says:


This chicken was delicious. I enjoyed the "light" sauce. The shallets and mushrooms really enhanced this dish.

Jul. 01, 2010, 7:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Marsala

swramsay says:


something is wrong with the recipe. I think you should add the liquids to the chicken wit the flour so they can thicken? the way it's written, it is very very thin because the liquids are poured over the chicken just before serving and not very good at all.

Feb. 19, 2009, 11:31 AM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Marsala



Great recipe & provides a pleasing presentation as well as flavor. I used the "sweet" not dry marsala wine.

Sep. 19, 2008, 1:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Marsala



Tasteless. But, if served with something sweet like applesauce, it's ok. Nothing like real chicken marsala.

Aug. 14, 2008, 1:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

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