Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
Here's a lightened-up version of the classic Italian-American chicken dish made in the slow cooker.
You just toss everything into the slow cooker and in four hours you've got an easy, healthy and delicious dinner ready and waiting.
Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, this slow cooker chicken marsala is impressive enough to serve to guests.
If you're not convinced here's a skinny chicken marsala recipe for the stovetop.
Slow Cooked Chicken Marsala Recipe Notes
The recipe called for marsala wine, but didn't specify dry or sweet.
According to Betty Crocker you should use sweet marsala to prevent the dish from being too acidic.
Unfortunately, I read this after pouring in dry marsala. We both thought it was delicious anyway.
Cooking chicken breasts in the slow cooker can be tricky. They're usually done in four hours or less.
If you overcook them they'll be dry and stringy.
I substituted chicken tenders for the chicken breasts with good results.
How Many Calories and Weight Watchers Points in this Chicken Marsala?
According to my calculations, each serving has 235 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Update: A few commenters have stated that they found the flavor of the marsala wine overpowering and ended up throwing out the entire recipe.
This, of course, makes me feel terrible 🙁
We liked it, but then again, we like wine.
If you are concerned about the alcohol flavor being too strong, I would suggest cutting way back on it. Use a couple of tablespoons to ¼ of a cup and substitute the rest with chicken broth.
Hope this helps.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- ¾ cup Marsala wine (Note: The recipe didn't specify whether to use dry or sweet marsala. Betty Crocker suggests sweet marsala, but I inadvertently used dry. Several commenters have complained that the flavor of the wine was overpowering for them. If in doubt, I would use ½ cup chicken broth and ¼ cup marsala instead.)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons chopped parsley, for garnish, optional
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Coat slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the olive oil, shallot and garlic in bottom of slow cooker.
- In a shallow dish stir together the flour, salt and black pepper. Pound the chicken to an even thickness and coat it with the flour mixture and add to the slow cooker. Scatter mushrooms over chicken and add the Marsala.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours or until the chicken is tender.
- To thicken the sauce, turn the slow cooker up to HIGH. Combine the cornstarch with 2 teaspoons water and stir it into the chicken mixture. Cover and cook until the sauce has thickened 10 to 25 minutes.
- Stir in parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Source: adapted from September 2014 Family Circle
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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I have this dish in the slow cooker. I was wondering if I should take the chicken breasts out when I put the cornstarch in to thicken the sauce? Please email me asap to let me know. Can't wait to taste this--I love anything Marsala. 🙂
The chicken breast was very tender, but I wish I had used boneless, skinless thighs. We are dark meat eaters--more flavorful in my opinion. I didn't find that the Marsala was overpowering. I used the amount in the recipe and 1/4 cup chicken broth because I wanted more gravy. Thinking about making this with veal cutlets next time. Thanks for posting this recipe.
I prefer boneless, skinless thighs too, Ginger. Glad you liked the recipe.
Can you prep everything mixed together in the slow cooker the night before and cook it the next day?
I would wait and add the Marsala right before turning on the slow cooker. Hope this helps.
I made this tonight with chicken breast cutlets. In all honesty, it needs a lot of tweaking. The end product was pretty good but probably wouldn't qualify as WW (butter, butter, butter).
Hi Gloria, butter tends to make everything taste better 🙂 Of course, it also increases the calories and points too!!
If I'm only using 2 chicken breasts...how should I minimize the other ingredients? I want to make this tonight for my daughter and myself...Thanks in advance!
Hi Nicole, Unfortunately this is not a question I can answer. There are so many variables - size of the chicken breasts, size of the slow cooker, etc. I'd guess to minimize by half.
I put this recipe into Mastercook 6.2 and substituted the mushrooms with 2- 1 oz. boxes of Dried Porcini Mushrooms. I might add some fresh sage from my outdoor herb growing table [I live in Florida where I can grow herbs all year long]. I am sure this recipe will be fabulous without even making it first. The ingredients tell the tale ! In Mastercook, this recipe, using porcini mushrooms, works out to 8 Weight Watcher Points Plus per serving.
Hi Jeff, your substitutions of dried porcini mushrooms and fresh sage sound delightful. Thanks for taking the time to share with us! - Warmly, Martha
Cheryl L Dixon
I made this recipe in my Instant Pot tonight (10 min - quick release). It was AMAZING!! I used the full 3/4 cup of marsala wine and added 1/2 chicken broth, used 2 Tbsp cornstarch to thicken. I put it into WW recipe builder to verify - only 3 Freestyle points. I will never order Chicken Marsala in a restaurant again!
Wow, Cheryl, thanks for letting us know!!
Cheryl, I’m brand new to this Instant Pot thing but immediately thought of it when I saw this recipe. Can you clarify for me: did you put everything into the IP at once, even the cornstarch? Thank you! And thanks Martha for what sounds like a very tasty WW meal. I can’t wait to explore your site more. 🙂
Just made it & it tastes amazing!!! Great recipe!
This recipe is amazing. Thank you Martha!!! Making it again this weekend!
Thanks for letting me know Marcy!
The Marsala needs to simmer to clear the alcohol taste. I enjoy a bit of the zing, but for those who don't, I suggest upon full cooking of chicken, removing it and cover to keep warm. Strain juices into sauce pan. Heat to simmer for another 5 min. A pat of butter and squirt if stock loosen if the sauce is too thick. Add to meat. Yum!
This is one of my favourite dishes and I like the method of using the slow cooker. The tenderness of the chicken plus the combination of other ingredients mixed together as it looks in the picture, it is just mouth watering.
My husband and I really likedmthisnrecipe. It's nice to have a rea,lynflavorful dish to serve since henis not on weight watchers. Loved doing it in the crock pot. I usednsry marsala and the 3/4 cup.
Second time cooking it tonight; great quarantine meal!! Love!! And the fact that it’s low points; win win!
I have not made this and I am excited to try. But I have to say your WW points are going to be wrong. The blue and purple plan can have chicken for 0 points but the green plan counts the chicken, so there is not way green can be the same amount of points as everything else!!
You are so right. My mistake. I've corrected the green points to 5. ~Martha
We just finished this Chicken Marsala as left-overs from Sunday night. It was delicious and I plan to make it again. Chicken Marsala is one of my all time favorites and I love that I can include it in my WW journey. Although, entering it into "my recipe" to get the points so I can post on my food diary, it came up 4 points (green). It's fine with me I love it so much. Just FYI for others info. My chicken breasts were frozen so I didn't pound them and cooked on High for 5 hours. I sprinkled the seasoned flour on top of the frozen chicken-probably won't do that next time. Served over garlic mashed potatoes so my CM was 12 points. All okay since I planned it in my food budget. Yummy-will definitely make again!
Easy and delicious!
I was skeptical based on the reviews but my 9 year old who loves mushrooms ate it, my 12 year old ate it l even through she doesn’t like mushrooms and my husband and I really enjoyed it! Yes it’s dry because it’s a chicken breast but that’s okay. Also I used gluten free flour because I’m allergic to wheat and it worked perfect! I’m passing this on to an aunt who does WW and a friend who asked for it if it was good.
I have loved every recipe I’ve found on your site so far but this one fell flat. I made it with the sweet Marsala (we love wine!) but it was still really bland. If anyone has suggestions to give this more flavor, I’d love to hear them!
HI Jen, Sorry this didn't work for you. I love seasoning all my proteins - pork, chicken, beef, and even sometimes shrimp and fish with Montreal Steak Seasoning. It's a longtime favorite flavor booster. ~Martha
Same and I added extra Marsala wine, I literally taste nothing