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Chicken Marsala Instant Pot Frozen or Fresh

Chicken Marsala Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi style is the perfect pressure cooker dinner everyone in your house will love. With chicken cutlets, you will get tender meat with a savory mushroom gravy and no cream of mushroom soup that’s family friendly. Use frozen chicken in Instant Pot or fresh meat.

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This Instant Pot chicken marsala frozen or with fresh meat is so good! Made with chicken breasts and a homemade gravy with mushrooms, we serve it with rice or mashed potatoes regularly. Find this and more easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala with Frozen Chicken

Have you ordered this at a restaurant and were blown away? You can make it in your Ninja Foodi or any other brand of pressure cooker you have too… Wonder how to make it yourself at home in a jiffy? We have the answers y’all. Let’s get started with the basics.

You can use dark meat or white but cutlets are what is typically used. This can be found at the store or you can thinly slice boneless skinless breasts yourself. This way you can saute to brown the outsides but the insides will stay tender and juicy when done. With this rich mushroom sauce you’ll love every bite.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Chicken Marsala Recipe

We are going over how to make a homemade mushroom gravy without condensed soup with thinly sliced breasts. From there you can serve with pasta cooked al dente separately or with Ninja foodi rice. Here are a few questions you might have before getting started on this:

What can I use instead of Marsala wine?

We used Marsala wine in this recipe, instead you could omit and use chicken broth for the liquid. You could use dry Madeira wine or a darker sherry such as Oloroso.

What is chicken marsala served with?

We personally like rice but traditionally it is served with wide noodles or another pasta of choice. If you made extra gravy it could be served as is without a side dish.

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Frozen Chicken

You could use frozen if they were already sliced thin. Unfortunately you would have to skip the first step of sauteeing and instead just throw them in after that step. Increase the time by just 1 minute, that is it.

What does chicken marsala taste like?

Maybe you have heard of this dish but it is too expensive to order when you go out. No worries, this will taste surprisingly similar. The sauce is slightly sweet, especially when reduced and thickens. Using boneless skinless chicken breasts, it is a tasty meal served alongside 2 cups Instant Pot white rice or pasta.

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You can just enjoy it as is too without a side really if you want to reduce the number of carbs in your meal. To make this you just need a few simple ingredients you see here. Really, chicken thighs could be used as well.

Chicken Marsala Instant Pot

What if you don’t have or want to use wine to make this? That is totally okay. Note that the flavor will be different if you substitute in broth instead for sure but will still be a killer dish for sure. The sauce will be a bit thinner as well but could be thickened with a little roux with cornstarch and water whisked together at the end.

  1. Chicken cutlets
    1. buy a few for this and to make air fryer chicken cutlets later
  2. All purpose flour
  3. Butter
  4. Onion
  5. Minced garlic
  6. Marsala wine
  7. Cornstarch to thicken sauce
  8. Seasonings like salt and pepper of course

Let’s talk chicken for a minute shall we? I do like to save money but sometimes it isn’t that much more to buy what you need already done. What I mean is if you can find boneless skinless on sale it may not be much more expensive than with bones. I have found cutlets already done too. I just purchase whatever is reasonably priced.


As always you are free to use the type you like. If you just swear by chicken thighs then by all means choose those without bones or skin. This was made with cutlets which can be prepared by yourself or bought as is.

What is a chicken cutlet?

It is simply a boneless skinless chicken breast that has been cut in half (to make it thinner) and pounded to an even thickness. This will make the meat very tender. You can do this yourself or buy them this way for a bit more $.

Once you have completed this step you’re going to coat the outside with some flour and seasonings on both sides as you see here.

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Instant Pot Chicken Marsala Easy

Here’s a quick step by step. There is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post as well. First you are going to mix seasonings into your shallow plate with flour and coat chicken on both sides.

  1. Set pressure cooker to saute and add some olive oil.
  2. Add coated thinly sliced chicken and brown on both sides. Remove the chicken, and scrape off browned bits (means deglazing).
  3. Put in butter, onions, seasonings like Italian seasoning or others of choice and sliced mushrooms.
  4. Cook until onions soften.
  5. Add wine and cook for 3 more minutes.
  6. Add the chicken back into the pot with chicken stock.
  7. Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for an 8 minute cook time followed by a quick release.

Remove chicken and keep warm. Set pot to saute again. Add heavy cream or whisk water and cornstarch until smooth and add that. In 1-2 minutes marsala sauce should be perfect thickness. Serve alongside spaghetti squash low carb “noodles”, pasta or rice.

As with any other Instant Pot chicken recipe you can add any and all seasonings you love. Below is just an example of what worked well for us.

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Chicken Marsala Instant Pot

How to Cook Instant Pot Chicken Cutlets

I use these instead of breasts so they soak up more of the sauce, because they are thinner. If you are new to pressure cooking, or sauteeing in your pot you need to understand how to avoid the burn message. The way you do this is to ensure that after you brown meat, you eliminate stuck on food. I always use wooden spatulas and spoons when cooking in my IP so that you don’t scratch your pot.

Easy pressure cooker chicken recipe

You might need to order the wine but you should have everything else. We make a lot of easy chicken recipes like this one like our Instant Pot chicken and rice which is a casserole style dish. With vegetables, tender creamy rice with bite size meat cooked together it’s incredible.

What vegetable goes good with chicken marsala?

Really anything goes with this, that is up to you but here are a few suggestions. A side salad is easy to throw together of course. You can serve this over rice and just be done, but veggies are nice on the side as well. Personally I like corn on the cob or air fryer vegetables. They can both be made at the same time and will be ready together.

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Give Instant Pot chicken and potatoes a whirl once you fall in love with this one. A one pot meal cooked together makes it an under 30 minute dinner.

How long is Marsala cooking wine good for?

If you cringe buying something that you may use and will have to throw away because it’s going to go back fast, this isn’t so. It is good for 4-6 months refrigerated once opened. This gives you plenty of time to make this recipe a few times.

Can you substitute red wine to make chicken marsala?

Yes, this is possible too. If you already have an open bottle then by all means use that. The difference is in the taste of course but if you have a type you really enjoy then likely it will be a favorite cooking with it too.

If you wanted to make our frozen chicken tenders in air fryer you could just make this sauce and pour that on top really. Works well as an after school snack. Same thing goes with our Air fryer frozen chicken wings, come out SO good as an appetizer or main meal. Jump to recipe and get started.

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Chicken Marsala Instant Pot

Chicken Marsala Instant Pot frozen or fresh meat is a perfect dinner. Tender chicken cutlets with a savory mushroom gravy that's to die for.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword chicken marsala, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 341kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • In a bowl or plate combine flour, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix together. Coat each chicken cutlet with flour mixture and set aside.
  • Once all pieces are coated set pressure cooker to saute and add olive oil. Add cutlets so they're not overlapping so you can lightly brown both sides of each piece. Remove when done and set aside. Once they're all done use 1/4 c the broth to deglaze the pot to get all stuck on pieces off.
  • ** Using frozen chicken cutlets start here (run under cold water to separate them) ** Add butter on saute function, allow to melt and then add onions. Saute until they're soft, then add mushrooms and remaining salt and pepper, and garlic. Continue to saute for a few minutes just to soften mushrooms.
  • Add wine and stir cooking for 3 more minutes. Turn off saute function and pour in your broth. Stir contents.
  • Add browned chicken into the pot now. Close lid and steam valve and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Do a quick release.
  • Remove chicken and keep warm. Set pot to saute again and in a small bowl whisk together 2 tbsp of cornstarch with some of the hot liquid from the pot until it is smooth. Then pour this into your pot once contents are boiling.
  • Stir, allow to bubble and thicken sauce.
  • Serve chicken with this mushroom gravy poured on top.


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Marsala Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 570mg25%
Potassium 728mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 168IU3%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 17th of August 2021

What kind of marsala wine? I've tried to make stuffed chicken marsala in the oven and the marsala wine ruined it. I want to get the right one!


Wednesday 30th of September 2020

What is a "box" of mushrooms? How many ounces?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

8 ounce container

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