Chicken with Orzo Marsala

Winner winner, chicken dinner.

By: MaryAnn Dwyer

Prep time: 10 min. — Cook time: 30 min. — Total time: 40 min. 


  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt, pepper and paprika
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 8 oz. white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2/3 cup Marsala wine, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish, if desired


    1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Add chicken to skillet and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often, until chicken is just cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet . Set aside.
    2. In a large Dutch oven, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions and cook 5 minutes until softened and translucent, stirring often. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute. Add orzo and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted, stirring until well combined.
    3. Add 1/3 Marsala wine and bring to a boil. Cook until almost all wine is evaporated, about 2 minutes.
    4. Add 2 1/2 cups beef stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until pasta is tender and broth is mostly absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add chicken, additional 1/3 cup Marsala wine and remaining two tablespoons butter and continue to cook until chicken is heat through and liquid is mostly absorbed, about 5 minutes.
    5. Remove from heat. Divide among four dishes. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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