Chicken Marsala may be a simple dish of chicken, garlic, shallots, mushrooms, and Marsala wine, but its history and recipe variations are anything but simple. Even though the dish originated in Sicily, Chicken Marsala is rarely served in any restaurant in Italy. In the U.S. however, Chicken Marsala is a mainstay of most American Italian eateries.

Despite its origins, Chicken Marsala has become a genuine American-Italian dish with complexities as rich as the many different flavor profiles of Marsala wine.


1. Italians Did Not Create Chicken Marsala

Odd as it may seem, the recipe known today as Chicken Marsala was not created by Sicilians. Instead, food historians trace the dish to the kitchens of English immigrants living in Sicily in the 19th century. The English were most likely trying to season the bland chicken with Marsala, the wine of Sicily.

British immigrants invent Chicken Marsala RistoArnaudov / Getty Images

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