A Simple and Delicious Chicken Marsala Shortcut

Update (December 5, 2019): Unfortunately Trader Joe’s has discontinued carrying the Marsala Style Sauce. I have not found a replacement that has similar ingredients at a comparable price point. If you are as disappointed as I am that this product will not be restocked contact Trader Joe’s here. If you are looking for more quick and easy recipe ideas that will please even the pickiest eaters in your household check out this recipe or this recipe.

I thought it was high time to share another Meal in Under 30 Minutes post. This quick and easy Chicken Marsala is the ideal dinner for the cold and rainy weather we have been experiencing. I discovered this tasty Marsala sauce on one of my weekly Trader Joe’s outings last year and it became an instant hit with my family the first time I prepared it with chicken and pasta.

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I like to save time by serving this rich and flavorful Marsala style sauce with the Trader Joe’s thinly sliced chicken breast instead of attempting to cut a thicker breast in half or pounding my chicken thin. The Trader Joe’s pappardelle pasta goes nicely with this dish, but I think it would also be delicious served over mashed potatoes. Often times I add a cup or two of sliced mushrooms in order to up our veggie quotient, but they could be easily omitted if you prefer. If you are looking for a vegetarian option, I recently saw cheese and mushroom ravioli served in a Marsala sauce at a local Italian restaurant. I am planning to try the same dish at home using this sauce with the Trader Joe’s porcini mushroom and truffle triangoli.

Chicken Marsala

serves 4

Trader Joe'ss marsala style sauce


  • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Marsala style sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, divided
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • Trader Joe’s thinly slices chicken breasts
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s pappardelle pasta
  • 1 – 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste


Bring a pot of water to a boil for pasta. Place flour into a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. Evenly coat the chicken with the flour mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the hot pan. Once the butter has begun to foam, place the chicken in the pan to brown. I cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and set it on a nearby plate. Melt the additional tablespoon of butter. Add mushrooms and sauté for a minute or two. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Pour the jar of Marsala style sauce over the mushrooms and return chicken to the pan. Simmer for 7-10 minutes or until cooked through. Serve immediately over pasta. Enjoy!

The Trader Joe’s Marsala style sauce is listed as a seasonal item. It can usually be found on store shelves from October through March. If this ends up being as popular in your home as it is in mine, I would recommend stocking a few extra jars in your pantry for when it disappears from store shelves. Leave a comment to let me know that you have tried this meal or if you make any changes to the recipe.


  1. Nancy

    February 27, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I really loved this sauce, and I am so disappointed that they have discontinued it! I also tweak it with fresh mushrooms and you just resist the nice taste of this jarred sauce. What I have tried is the Campbells Skillet Marsala sauce…comes in as a close second!
    I have two jars left…and then I am left to learn to make my own.
    Where should we send our complaints to??

    1. Parker

      February 27, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      You can let Trader Joe’s know how much you miss their Marsala sauce by going to https://www.traderjoes.com and clicking on the contact link at the bottom of the page. According to my local store they have been known to bring products back if they receive enough feedback from customers. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will return to the shelves 🤞🏻

  2. Marlene Meyer

    June 19, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Can you freeze left over sauce?

    1. Parker

      June 19, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Hi Marlene,
      I have not tried freezing this particular sauce because its always gone in one sitting at my house, but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t. Keep me posted on your results.

  3. Amy Scott

    January 22, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the idea.

    1. Parker

      January 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      You’re welcome!

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