This gluten-free Chicken Marsala recipe uses just one pan and smothers chicken in a silky mushroom and wine sauce. For me this Marsala sauce is the epitome of umami! I love to serve this dish over quinoa or brown rice instead of the traditional pasta.
Pan Reduction Tecnique
In this pan reduction dish, the flavors of the ingredients are concentrated and thickened with a little flour and butter. The cooking process goes very quickly so it’s important to chop and measure the ingredients first. Before the chicken hits the pan you’ll need to have the ingredients at your fingertips. So take the time to prep everything and put it within reach of the stove. For another traditional Italian pan reduction dish check out my gluten-free chicken piccata recipe
Chicken Marsala Ingredients
- Flour – The chicken is coated in flour before cooking. This flour will also thicken the sauce. The gluten-free flour I recommend for thickening a gluten-free sauce is white rice flour. It creates a similar texture to wheat flour and has a slightly sweet, neutral flavor. Brown rice flour does not have enough starch content to thicken well. If you prefer to use the ready-made flour mix you have on hand I like King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free All Purpose or Measure for Measure.
- Salt – I have not given an exact amount of salt because all broths are not created equal. The salt level varies greatly so just let your taste buds tell you how much is the right amount, I recommend using a low-sodium chicken broth. Imagine Food’s Chicken broth is a very good one.
- Chicken – The cooking method for this gluten-free chicken marsala relies on using very thin chicken breast so that it cooks quickly. If it cooks for too long, the flour will start to burn. Here’s how to cut the chicken to make it thin enough for this recipe.
How to Cut Thin Chicken
Most chicken breasts these days are unusually thick and large. For this gluten-free chicken Marsala, thin pieces work best. Most chefs would tell you to pound the chicken to make it thin. But this is a messy and time-consuming process and I’m just not that patient!
If you prefer to pound the chicken: Place it between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and use a fry pan to pound it flat. I prefer a fry pan to a meat mallet because it covers more surface area and goes faster. Use a medium amount of force. Press too hard and the chicken will tear.
So here’s how I prep my chicken for Marsala:
Start with a sharp knife and a stable cutting board. Put a damp paper towel underneath the keep it from slipping.
If the chicken breast is very large, I like to cut it in half this way before cutting thin.
Next: Place one hand on top of the chicken (fingers flat) and hold the knife parallel to the cutting board. Try to keep it as level as possible. With a long smooth stroke, cut a 1/4′ piece. For most chicken breasts this would be 3rds.
Then cut the remaining piece in half using the same technique.
How to Thicken Gluten-Free Sauces
I have had somewhat inconsistent results using white rice flour to thicken sauces. Some brands work better than others. If your Marsala sauce does not thicken once it has bubbled for a minute, here is a way to fix it (it is called a buerre manie):
In a small bowl mix 1 tbsp white rice flour with 1 Tbsp softened butter (soften it in the microwave for 3-4 seconds) to form a paste. Turn the flame down to low, drop in 1/2 of the paste and stir. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil stirring with the whisk. If it needs more thickening add the second half and bring to a boil again, stirring.