Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala is super easy to make. The Prosciutto and Marsala sauteed Mushroom and Onions, soars this meal to another level.
Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala
Get ready for a delicious Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala dinner that you can serve even the pickiest of eaters.
Cooked in a rich and savory Dry Marsala Sauce, this Restaurant quality meal is perfect for a dinner party.
You will be the star of the show.
The Cast of Ingredients for this Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala are few.
It is a simple recipe Italian/American dish that quickly cooks on the stove.
Using the Pressure Cooker, keeps the kitchen cool and infuses the flavors into the Chicken, not just in the Sauce.
What is Prosciutto?
- Prosciutto comes from the hind leg of a pig.
- Like Bacon, Prosciutto is smoked and cured.
- It is raw ham and needs to be cooked.
Using my water method (or in this case, Marsala Wine), you can render the fat, without worrying about burning the Prosciutto.
Can I Substitute Bacon for Prosciutto?
- You can even render the fat the same way.
- When I make Bacon in my Cast Iron Skillet (which is like the best way ever!!! Really, try it.), I always add water first.
- This will keep your Bacon strips nice and straight.
Cremini Mushrooms, Wild Mushrooms, any variety you like will be delicious. Porcini, Morel and Oyster Mushrooms are great in this recipe.
White Button Mushrooms are not recommended, as they have very little taste.
Another recipe that uses Wild Mushrooms is my Pressure Cooker Best Wild Mushroom Ristotto.
What are Chicken Cutlets?
- Chicken Cutlets are just the breast meat that has been trimmed of fat and pounded into thin pieces.
- Don’t worry about buying expensive Chicken Cutlets.
- With a very Sharp Chef’s Knife, cut the Chicken Breast horizontally to make two long pieces.
- Cut them in half, so you will have eight Cutlets
- Place the Chicken between Plastic Wrap or Wax Paper(Plastic Wrap works better) and pound them into thin “Cutlets.”
This Meat Tenderizer easily pounds the Chicken with little effort. It’s got one smooth side for pounding Chicken. The textured side, does a great job at tenderizing tough cuts of beef.
You can make Pork Cutlets too, using this same method. Italian Pork Marsala is totally delicious as well.
Cooking Chicken in a Pressure Cooker is quite tricky, especially with the White Meat Chicken.
I developed this method a few years ago, which guarantees, moist and tender Chicken.
Why Should I Coat Chicken in Potato Starch?
- The Potato Starch will protect the Chicken from drying out and becoming rubbery and tough.
- Potato Starch is very light and won’t gum up the recipe.
- Your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot, will easily come to pressure, since Potato Starch is very light and not much is used.
- Using Potato Starch eliminates having to make a Slurry after pressure release and then Simmering to incorporate the Starch. That often times will cause Chicken to become over cooked. Plus, I’d rather not use flour in the recipe.
The Chicken is not rubbery and is moist and juicy and cuts like Buttah!
My incredibly delicious (I’m not kidding or looking for kudos) Air Fryer Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are really something special.
Make sure the Oil gets nice and hot!
Sear the Chicken Cutlets on each side.
Place the Cutlets on a Paper Towel and add more Cutlets into the pot to Sear.
A couple minutes on each side, should do the trick.
The Potato Starch will keep them nicely protected and retain all the juice.
How do I Render Fat from Prosciutto?
- The Prosciutto is added to a very hot Pressure Cooker cooking pot (or skillet).
- In some cases, Olive Oil is added prior to adding Prosciutto (or bacon).
- The Prosciutto will almost immediately begin to stick to the cooking pot.
- A liquid is used to prevent sticking, rather than using excess oil.
Since I wanted to take this dish up to another level…..
When I cook Bacon in my Cast Iron Skillet, I use Fresh Water.
For this Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala recipe, what do you think we should use?
Ah ha, Dry Marsala Wine. Why not? Right?
Plus, it as it cooks down and reduces, it will become a thick and syrupy, much like what happens when cooking on the stove.
Whenever I can use Wine or Chicken Stock, rather than Water, which can dilute the taste of the recipe, I opt for flavor over plain water.
Not only will the Marsala Wine save the Oil calories, it will be key in deglazing the cooking pot.
Dry Marsala gives a better depth of flavor to this savory recipe than Sweet Marsala.
As you cook the Prosciutto, scrape up any brown bits that are stuck on the bottom of the cooking pot.
I have a major fondness for cooking Mushrooms and Onions in Butter, Wine and Garlic.
Especially for putting over a nice Grilled Steak! Oh Yum, Major Yum!!!! I’m salivating.
It adds such a layer of flavor and really takes any recipe up a notch.
Try my Pressure Cooker Ground Turkey Stroganoff in the meantime and let me know if you notice an extra layer of yummy flavor and depth.
The Onions and Mushrooms will give off a lot of liquid.
Cook them until the Onions are soft and the liquid is kind of syrupy. Add the Fresh Minced Garlic.
Add the rest of the Dry Marsala Wine and the Chicken Stock and mix through.
We always have a jar in the fridge. It’s the best I have found for true Chicken flavor and it is not filled with Salt and preservatives.
If you use the Organic Better than Bouillon Chicken Base, add a whole round teaspoon of the Base to your water when mixing, for an intense chicken flavor.
The Herbes de Provence adds another layer of flavor to this recipe. It may be the single ingredient in this recipe that takes it from really good, to incredible.
Push the Cutlets down into the Marsala Sauce.
The Sauce in this Instant Pot Chicken Marsala will be perfectly thickened, so no need to worry about a Slurry!
Pair this with my Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes or my Pressure Cooker Basic Risotto Recipe. Egg Noodles are yummy to soak up the Sauce too. Add a big spoon of Sour Cream or Yogurt to the Mashed Potatoes and OMG, so good.
For another variation of an Italian scaloppina dish, try my Pressure Cooker Chicken Piccata.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 (any pressure cooker works)
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Cilio Olivewood Spatula
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Electric Pepper Mill
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- OXO Stainless Steel Tongs
- Herbes de Provence
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
Instant Pot Italian Chicken Marsala
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- 2 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts, butterflied
- 1/4-1/2 cup Potato Starch
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt (or 1.5 tsp Sea Salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 ounces Prosciutto diced
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 large Shallots or 1 small Onion sliced
- 3 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1 pound Cremini Murshrooms (Baby Portabellas) sliced
- 1 cup Dry Marsala Wine
- 1/2 cup Chicken Stock/Broth low sodium
- 1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
- 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme
- Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley for garnish
- Using a very sharp knife, carefully butterfly Chicken Breasts and then cut into two equal pieces. Place each piece of Chicken between plastic wrap or waxed paper and lightly pound, until thin and even.
- In a shallow dish, mix together Potato Starch, Salt and Pepper. Dredge Chicken through Potato Starch mixture and shake off all excess Starch. Cutlets should only have a light dusting of Starch.
- Select Sauté/Browning and adjust to High. Allow pot to fully heat and then add Oil. When Oil is hot, in batches, place Chicken Cutlets into cooking pot and Sear on each side. Remove Cutlets to a plate lined with a paper towel.
- Adjust Pressure Cooker to Normal and add diced Prosciutto. Pour in 1/4 cup of the Marsala Wine and scrape the bottom of the pot to deglaze. Continue to cook Prosciutto to render fat.
- When liquid has reduced and the Prosciutto begins to brown, melt in Butter. Add 1/4 cup Marsala, Mushrooms, Shallots/Onions and Sauté until Shallots/Onions are soft and liquid is syrupy, about three minutes. Mix in the Garlic.
- Pour in the rest of the Marsala Wine and allow to bubble and reduce, for a couple of minutes. Turn off Pressure Cooker and add Chicken Stock, Herbes de Provence and Thyme. Return Cutlets to pot.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 2 minutes. When Beep sounds, wait 5 minutes and then release pressure. Plate and Garnish with Parsley.