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Keto Chicken Marsala

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This Keto Chicken Marsala is an easy Italian dish with grilled chicken and a creamy mushroom Marsala sauce, perfect as a keto meal every day of the week.

If you love keto chicken recipes, this creamy chicken dish with only 5.9 grams of net carbs is the easiest and most delicious to start with.

Bonus, this chicken dish is also a gluten-free keto recipe suitable for everyone on a gluten-free diet.

Is Chicken Marsala Keto?

No, an authentic Italian Chicken Marsala recipe is not keto-friendly because the chicken breasts are covered with wheat flour. Wheat flour is not a keto-approved flour.

It’s high in carbs and spikes blood sugar levels, which takes you out of ketosis.

Also, a regular chicken Marsala recipe contains two times more wine and cream, which brings three times more carbs per serving than this Keto Marsala recipe.

Is Marsala Wine Keto?

Marsala wine is a keto-approved wine, it’s a dry Italian wine, and like most dry wines, it is lower in carbs than sweet wine.

For a ¼ cup of Marsala wine (1 fl 0z) as used in this chicken marsala recipe, you get 3.6 grams of net carbs.

Since this keto chicken recipe serves four people, Marsala wine only contributes less than 1 gram of net carbs.

So to enjoy a tasty chicken marsala on keto, it’s totally fine to use that quantity.

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How To Make Keto Chicken Marsala

Lucky for you, it’s super easy to whip this 30-minute keto chicken recipe, and you don’t have to be a chef to make it perfect.

So let me show you how easy it is to make this keto dinner in no time.

Ingredients

First, gather the ingredients you need, a non-stick pan, and let’s cook dinner.

  • Large Chicken Breast – I used four chicken breasts and split them halfway into thin steaks of about 3 oz/150 grams each.
  • Salt
  • Almond Flour – to coat the chicken breast, you can also replace the almond flour with sesame flour if you can’t have nuts.
  • Unsalted Butter – or olive oil for a dairy-free option.
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion powder

For the creamy sauce, you need:

  • Unsalted Butter or olive oil
  • Garlic Clove
  • Sliced Button Mushrooms – button mushrooms are the most authentic mushroom variety used in Italian mushrooms sauce. But, you can also opt for more flavorsome mushroom varieties like Portobello mushrooms or king oyster mushrooms.
  • Marsala Wine – it’s a dry Italian wine that is a keto-friendly wine if used in small amounts in recipes.
  • Chicken Broth – also called chicken stock in some countries.
  • Heavy Cream – heavy cream or coconut cream for a low-carb keto dairy-free option.
  • Finely Grated Parmesan – I used a block of fresh Italian Parmesan and grated it with the smaller attachment of my hand grater.

Prepare the Chicken Breast

First, choose two thick chicken breasts and split each in half horizontally to form 4 thin chicken steaks of roughly 3 oz/150 grams each. Set aside.

In a bowl, whisk almond flour, garlic powder and onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Then, sprinkle the almond flour mixture on both sides of each chicken steak and use your finger to spread and rub all over the surface.

In a non-stick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat and cook the chicken on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove the chicken from the pan, set it aside on a plate, and cover with a piece of foil to keep warm.

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Make the Creamy Marsala Sauce

In the same pan, add the remaining butter and cook the mushroom slices for a few minutes over medium-high heat, until fragrant and golden. Keep cooking until they evaporate their water.

Then, stir in the crushed garlic and cook for a few seconds.

Finally, add the marsala wine to deglaze the pan – it will form vigorous bubbles to loosen fat sticking on the pan.

Scrape down the bottom of the pan, and after 30 seconds, add the chicken stock and heavy cream, and reduce to low heat to simmer.

Simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes, until it thickens slightly, then stir in the finely grated Parmesan.

Return the chicken breast to the pan for 1 minute, and serve immediately with fresh parsley on top.

How to make Keto Chicken Marsala

Serving ideas

This chicken is delicious on its own or paired with some of the keto sides below.

Storage

This creamy chicken stores for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, sealed in an airtight container.

You can also use this recipe to meal prep your keto lunch. Store portions in airtight microwave-safe boxes. Freeze the box and thaw it in the fridge the day before.

Rewarm in the microwave until hot or in a saucepan over medium heat.

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Allergy Swaps

This keto chicken recipe is naturally:

  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Sugar-free

For a dairy-free option, swap the butter for the same amount of olive oil or coconut oil.

Next, replace the heavy cream with canned coconut cream. Make sure you shake your can of coconut cream before measuring as the cream and water separate in the can.

Finally, skip the parmesan and use a pinch of xanthan gum to thicken the sauce.

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Marsala Keto Chicken RecipeMarsala Keto Chicken Recipe

Keto Chicken Marsala

5.9gNet Carbs
An easy comforting dinner with creamy Keto Chicken cooked in Marsala mushroom sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 serving (1 chicken steak)
Serving Size: 1 serving
4.98 from 296 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts about 21 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • teaspoon Black Pepper

Marsala Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves peeled, crushed
  • 10 oz Button Mushrooms sliced
  • ¾ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth
  • ¼ cup Marsala Wine
  • cup Grated Parmesan finely grated

Optional – for a thicker sauce

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Instructions

  • Cut each chicken breast in half horizontally to form 4 thin chicken steaks.
  • In a bowl, whisk almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the flour mixture on both sides of each chicken steak and use your finger to spread and rub all over the surface. That's ok if it doesn't cover the breast entirely. Shake to remove excess and set aside on a plate.
  • In a non-stick frying pan, melt butter over medium heat and cook chicken on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the pan, set aside on a plate, cover with foil to keep warm and moist.
  • In the same pan, over medium-high heat, add the remaining butter and cook the mushroom slices and garlic for a few minutes, until fragrant, golden, and all the mushroom water has evaporated – it can take up to 5-6 minutes. This is important, or the sauce won't be as thick and smooth.
  • Add the Marsala wine to deglaze the pan – it will form large bubbles to loosen the fat sticking on the pan. Scrape down the bottom of the pan to help release the fat and, after 30 seconds, add the chicken stock, heavy cream, and reduce to low heat to simmer.
  • Simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes, until it thickens slightly, then stir in the Parmesan and a pinch of xanthan gum for thicker sauce – optional.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Return the chicken breast to the pan for 1 minute, and serve immediately with fresh parsley on top and keto rice on the side.
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Serving Size: 1 serving
Yield: 4 serving (1 chicken steak)
Serving: 1servingCalories: 453.9kcal (23%)Carbohydrates: 6.9g (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Net Carbs: 5.9gProtein: 30.9g (62%)Fat: 32.3g (50%)Saturated Fat: 17.9g (112%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.5gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 163.4mg (54%)Sodium: 462.4mg (20%)Potassium: 688.1mg (20%)Sugar: 2.6g (3%)Vitamin A: 1025.1IU (21%)Vitamin B12: 0.5µg (8%)Vitamin C: 5.3mg (6%)Vitamin D: 0.7µg (5%)Calcium: 144.3mg (14%)Iron: 1mg (6%)Magnesium: 43mg (11%)Zinc: 1.4mg (9%)
Carine Claudepierre

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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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    8 Thoughts On Keto Chicken Marsala
  1. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Very flavorful and delicious 😋 I followed recipe but added shallots * extra mushrooms. Served with cauliflower rice- sauce was truly wonderful 👏

  2. 5 stars
    This one of the best Keto meals I have ever made! Chicken Marsala is one of my favorite meals period, and this is so good it could definitely be served to anyone-Family or guest regardless if they are on Keto or not.

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