Bocconcini Di Pollo Al Marsala (chicken with Marsala wine)

Bocconcini Di Pollo Al Marsala

This recipe is fast and easy to make. It can be as an appetizer, a late snack or a second dish meal if served after pasta with a salad. Salad in Italy is not an appetizer but a side dish served with meat, fish or chicken. I prepared it with dry Marsala wine but as a substitution it could be prepared with fresh squeezed lemon juice or besciamella sauce. I used a combination of olive oil and butter, but as preference it can be prepared only with olive oil or only butter.

Just a note about the mushrooms, mushroom do not have to be washed (never wash mushrooms), clean them with a soft cloth and peel them.  

Cooking time around 20-30 minutes.

Serving 4 to 6 people


  1. 1 pound of chicken breast – around 500 gr
  2. 8 medium size bella mushrooms
  3. 3 table spoons of virgin olive oil
  4. 2 table spoons of unsalted butter
  5. ½ medium onion finely minced
  6. ½ glass of dry Marsala wine
  7. Flour
  8. 1 glass of water
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Italian parsley to taste (optional) to garnish
  11. Pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Slice the onion
  2. Cut each mushroom in 4 parts, they do not have to be too thin
  3. Cut the chicken breast in cubes, about 1 inch each, and pass them in flower
  4. In a large pot add olive oil and butter and cook at medium high
  5. When the butter is melted add onion
  6. Cook onion for about 3 minutes
  7. When onion is golden and soft add chicken and mushrooms
  8. Mix well until all oil and butter have been absorbed by the chicken and the mushrooms, adjust with salt and mix well
  9. Pour the Marsal wine
  10. Mix well and cook few minutes till you see that Marsala is reduced
  11. Pour the glass of water, cover the pot and keep cooking
  12. Mix every few minutes and cook until chicken is cooked, I do not count the minutes, I check tenderness and eventually taste one piece, if needed add more water
  13. Serve immediately garnishing the dish with minced parsley and pepper (both are optional)
  14. Buon appetito (enjoy your meal)

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17 May 2020

By Vito Russo