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Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side (from the Skinnytaste Cookbook)

Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side (from the Skinnytaste Cookbook)

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Love chicken marsala but don’t want the extra calories? Then try this lightened up chicken marsala, adapted from Skinnytaste.

lightened up chicken marsala

In the new year, we all make promises or resolutions or just simply decide to do better. Eating better is something that isn’t entirely measurable, but one thing that is measurable is something like, “I will make dinner using whole foods at home at least 3-4 days per week.”

To help make this pleasurable and tasty, I recommend being inventive or utilizing tried and true recipes from cookbooks. Recently, I’ve been getting my recipes from The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor which aligns with my goal!The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

I love cooking,  but I also do need inspiration sometimes. The Skinnytaste Cookbook Light on Calories, Big on Flavor Cookbook has a nice selection of recipes and almost all of them are based on whole food recipes.

About this cookbook:

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka, has 150 amazing recipes with around 100 great pictures (I didn’t count but I’d say most recipes have a photo) to show what you’re supposed to be making! It includes both all-time family favorites as well as some all new recipes that allow you to have your favorite meals, but without all of the calories. This cookbook is written by a popular blogger whose readers definitely enjoy good recipes along with the commentary! She has a registered dietitian as a coauthor of the book, which helps me know they’ve been verified as wholesome. The goal is to enjoy your meals, the taste and variety without excess calories.

Recipes I’ve tried from Skinnytaste Light on Calories Cookbook

One of the best ways to know if a cookbook is good is to try their recipes. I tried a handful now and so far, so good. I recommend the following recipes from  The Skinnytaste Cookbook :

  • Make-ahead Western Omelette Muffins
  • Greek-a-licious Egg White Omelet
  • Winter Potato, Kale, and Sausage Frittata
  • Loaded “Nacho” Potato Skins
  • Noodle-Less Zucchini Lasagna
  • Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Whole food recipes the entire family enjoys

The recipes are really easy to follow and manageable for a busy family. While a few recipes are for the more adventurous palate, most can be made for the average family. While some kids (and adults) are pickier than others, I believe if you offer good, wholesome food options as the norm, your family will love them in the long run. (Plus it is healthier!)

Lightened Up Chicken Marsala

chicken marsala skinnytaste

I’m sharing the recipe for lightened up chicken marsala with you from this cookbook because, in all honesty, I know it is well received by my whole family. We all love this recipe!

This recipe is fun and something familiar. But compared to other dishes it is fewer calories and less fat. Of course we all need some fat in our diets to absorb fat soluble vitamins, we also don’t need excess of anything (except love, right?). A relative is what I’d call “mushroom avoider” but I convinced them to give shiitake mushrooms a try. I think many of us have the slimy mushroom texture fear. But mushrooms come in such a variety, that we should try new things! When harvested, stored and cooked right, mushrooms are great!

This Chicken Marsala recipe is a great new addition to our recipe rotation. Which of these recipes will you try?

Try these other delicious chicken recipes!

Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

Thai Red Chicken Curry Recipe

Sheet Pan Chicken with Artichokes and Potatoes

I hope you like this lightened up chicken marsala recipe– be sure to give it a review below!

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Chicken Marsala (from the Skinnytaste Light Cookbook)

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown


Love chicken marsala but don’t want the extra calories? Then try this lightened up chicken marsala, adapted from Skinnytaste.


  • 2 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ad 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to make 4 cutlets.
  3. Put each cutlet between two sheets of plastic wrap and lightly pound them until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper.
  4. Place an 18-inch long length of wax paper on the counter. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and lightly dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off any excess. Put the chicken on the wax paper, reserve the 1 teaspoon remaining flour to use later.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 1/2 Tbsp butter and tsp of the olive oil to the pan and swirl the pan until the butter has melted. Add the chicken and cook until slightly golden on both sides. Transfer to baking dish and place in the oven to keep warm.
  6. Add the remaining butter and olive oil to the pan. Cook the garlic and shallots until soft and golden. Next, add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until soft. Sprinkle the reserve flour and cook for 30 seconds. Add the wine, broth and parsley. Cook scraping up and browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 2 minutes.
  7. Return the chicken to the skillet with the mushrooms, reduce heat and simmer in the sauce for about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with mushrooms on top, with a salad with rice.

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 05/05/2021 / 9:41 pm

    I am a big fan of mushrooms, and this looks so delicious. An easy recipe as well! Sounds like a good meal to make when we have company.

  2. 05/05/2021 / 3:48 pm

    This looks so yummy and I need a new chicken recipe!

  3. Kimmy
    05/05/2021 / 10:44 am

    This recipe looks delicious

  4. 04/29/2021 / 3:38 am

    Mmm. This looks so good. One of my favorites to get at restaurants, but never have made it at home!

  5. 04/29/2021 / 2:07 am

    Chicken marsala has always been one of my favorite dishes. I’ll have to try it chickenless now though with a vegan substitute like seitan.

  6. 04/27/2021 / 9:31 pm

    Chicken Marsala is one of my all-time favorite dishes. I am going to try this variation of the recipe!

  7. 10/28/2020 / 1:03 pm

    This recipe looks perfect. I think I would actually prefer your lighter version to the regular one. I can’t wait to try it!

  8. 10/28/2020 / 9:19 am

    Hhhmmmm….that is a very tricky one. I love them all, in the collection. Can I just add this one, please? It’s chicken we are talking about, you know!

  9. Blair Villanueva
    10/28/2020 / 1:18 am

    Your Chicken Marsala recipe is giving me cravings that I want this for dinner! Yummilicious and deserves 5-stars!

  10. 10/27/2020 / 5:13 pm

    This definitely looks like a recipe that I would be willing to try, swapping the chicken for chickpeas! Maybe I’ll attempt making it sometime this week. Fingers crossed it turns out as delicious as yours!

  11. 10/27/2020 / 3:38 pm

    I always like food related to chicken. Definitely I will put your recipe on my list. Looks so yummy.

  12. 10/27/2020 / 1:47 pm

    I am starving now just look at the menu. I always love chicken marsala.

  13. 10/27/2020 / 1:46 pm

    I love chicken recipes and I always try to find new once, so thank you – I have not tried this, but I sure will 🙂

  14. 10/27/2020 / 6:23 am

    This recipe looks so amazing and I love that it involves mushrooms! I am always in the mood for chicken!

    cute & little

  15. Ashley t
    10/27/2020 / 2:24 am

    We love chicken Marsala. Will definitely try this healthier recipe.

  16. 10/27/2020 / 1:11 am

    Chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes! I can’t wait to try this lighter version.

  17. 10/26/2020 / 11:51 pm

    I love chicken recipes. This light chicken marsala looks really amazing, I can’t wait to try it.

  18. 10/26/2020 / 9:27 pm

    I love this lighter take on one of my favorite classics. I can’t wait to try this one. It sounds really good.

  19. 10/26/2020 / 9:26 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I love that I can get all that great flavor, and it’s better for me.

  20. 03/26/2020 / 8:36 am

    I love Chicken Marsala but had no clue how to make it. I also haven’t ever cooked with alcohol or wine so I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  21. Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    03/25/2020 / 9:11 pm

    This Chicken Marsala is making my tummy growl! I really want this on my plate right now. It looks really delicious and flavorful.

  22. Kathy
    03/25/2020 / 5:46 pm

    I’ve never had this before, but it looks really good. I definitely want to try it out sometime. I’ll have to get the ingredients so I can.

  23. Beth
    03/25/2020 / 4:05 pm

    Skinnytaste is my favorite cooking website, and I love that cookbook. I haven’t made this recipe before, but I want to make it soon.

  24. 03/25/2020 / 2:41 pm

    I used to loved Chicken Marsala (Cheesecake factory FTW!) but I would love to try making this at home. Looks absolutely delish and now I have to check out the book. (I love her website!)

  25. Catalina
    03/25/2020 / 2:31 pm

    Deliciousness! I can’t resist to this flavorful dinner idea! My new favorite dish!

  26. 03/25/2020 / 1:23 pm

    That looks so good! That marsala sauce sounds awesome (I really love mushrooms).

  27. 03/25/2020 / 7:17 am

    Chicken Marsala is one of my favorites! And this recipe of yours looks really scrumptious! I can’t wait to try this one. My wife will love this.

  28. 03/24/2020 / 11:03 pm

    I am drooling over this! Looks like you totally nailed it 🙂 I need to make it too because hot damn!! 😀

  29. Tasheena
    03/24/2020 / 10:10 pm

    This recipe looks so yummy. I’ve actually never made chicken marsala at home. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  30. 03/24/2020 / 9:53 pm

    This looks like an incredible meal! I’ll have to try it for sure as soon as I can find some chicken. We’ve always liked this dish.

  31. 03/24/2020 / 9:05 pm

    What a great sounding recipe and cook book – I have to admit I think I need to try and get my hands on something like this for myself I could do with lighter side meals!

  32. 03/24/2020 / 8:53 pm

    This is a fabulous way to spruce up those hum drum chicken cutlets. I am sure so many people watching their diets will use this recipe soon

  33. Pam Wattenbarger
    03/24/2020 / 8:42 pm

    That recipe looks delicious. I need to get my hands on a copy of the Skinny Taste Cookbook. We need to be eating healthier right now.

  34. 03/25/2019 / 5:37 pm

    Jocelyn, WOW! so simple, yet SO tasty! This is fantastic, yum. Thanks for the recipe.

  35. 03/25/2019 / 5:05 pm

    Jocelyn, this is really a great recipe. I will make this at the next chance i get.

  36. 03/13/2019 / 6:16 pm

    Wow, thank you for the recipe! It looks so delicious. I will try to make this chicken tomorrow!

  37. 03/12/2019 / 11:53 am

    Jocelyn, this looks so good! I love Chicken Marsala. I’ll have to try this out sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!

  38. 03/08/2019 / 3:58 pm

    Jocelyn, this chicken looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it!

  39. 01/19/2019 / 8:39 pm

    Every recipe I’ve tried from Gina both online and in her books has been delicious. I’ll have to try this chicken marsala recipe.

  40. 11/01/2018 / 5:29 am

    This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing the light version recipe of chicken Marsala. Can’t wait to try it!

  41. 10/16/2018 / 3:59 am

    I always love chicken and mushrooms. This Chicken Marsala recipe is surely a great addition to our recipe rotation. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  42. 08/10/2018 / 5:03 pm

    This looks so delicious. Will have to try making this this weekend.

  43. Our Family World
    01/13/2018 / 1:08 pm

    I would love to have that cookbook. I was just at the doctor’s office today and she told me to watch my weight, as excess pounds and diabetes don’t mix. I love your version of Chicken Marsala. I will have to try making that for me and the family.

  44. 01/13/2018 / 4:40 am

    I’ve never made Chicken Marsala, but now I will! It seems soooo good and those mushrooms make them even more delicious.

  45. 01/13/2018 / 4:01 am

    This was making my mouth water. I would love this right now.

  46. 01/13/2018 / 3:47 am

    I’ve been trying to find tasty, yet low calorie foods since my husband is trying so hard to lose weight. I definitely need to get a copy of the cookbook. We’ll for sure be trying the chicken marsala recipe soon.

  47. 01/13/2018 / 3:19 am

    I’d like to try the Western Omelette in this book. I like to eat low carb in the mornings.

  48. 01/13/2018 / 2:00 am

    I love chicken marsala. I’ll have to try this version. And sounds like I need this cookbook, too.

  49. Rosey
    01/13/2018 / 1:59 am

    Looks like a great recipe to serve the fam. on Valentine’s Day. I love to spoil them a bit!

  50. 01/13/2018 / 1:05 am

    This cookbook sounds like just what I need. I think it’s awesome that you’re sharing this recipe, it’s something that I enjoy but it would be better to make it healthier! And this recipe is exactly what it is! I can’t wait to try it.

  51. 01/12/2018 / 7:39 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I love chicken marsala, but I haven’t made it in a long time because it’s so heavy. I can’t wait to try this!

  52. 01/05/2018 / 4:38 am

    I love chicken marsala. It has such a rich and memorable taste.

  53. Claudia Krusch
    01/05/2018 / 2:49 am

    This looks so delicious and easy to make. I have been looking for new healthier recipes to add to my meal plan. I will have to check out this cookbook.

  54. Pam
    01/05/2018 / 1:01 am

    One of my friends was just telling me how much she likes Skinnytaste recipes. I guess it’s a sign that I need to try them.

  55. 01/05/2018 / 12:28 am

    My husband would have loved this back when he was allowed to eat mushrooms. You did a great job getting the chicken thin, I love my chicken parm that way.

  56. 01/05/2018 / 12:26 am

    It’s really nice to make sure that we all eat healthier. That was my resolution last year and I’m keeping my diet until now since it works very well for me. I think this dish is a must try!

  57. 01/04/2018 / 9:36 pm

    Chicken Marsala is really good, it’s great that you shared on the lighter side version of this delicious dish. I will give your recipe a try and see if it comes out as delicious as your photos look!

  58. My Teen Guide
    01/04/2018 / 9:27 pm

    Looks like a really delicious lighter version of Chicken Marsala. I will have to try this too. One of the biggest challenges in being a mom is setting up a weekly menu plan. Thank you for the recipe. This will be in next week’s menu. I am sure this will be a winner.

  59. 01/04/2018 / 4:46 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to try this! I love chicken marsala, but I haven’t had it in years because it’s too rich. I can’t wait to try this lighter version.

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