Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

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Slow cooker chicken marsala

Here is a diet friendly take on a traditional chicken marsala recipe. This slow cooker chicken marsala freezer meal uses cashews for the creamy element. 

If you have ever wondered how paleo recipes achieve a creamy texture often times cashews are a great way to get there. Soaked cashews can even be used to make hummus, check out the recipe here!

Since Chicken Marsala is such a traditional dish, it can come accross as very intimidating. Especially if youre not used to cooking with wine.

But trust me, this is an easy healthy slow cooker chicken marsala recipe! You can do it!

It’s a make ahead freezer meal you will be able to prep it in minutes, freeze it and enjoy chicken marsala for an easy meal any night. Or make it fresh. No need to freeze if you want it now!

Many times I have heard people ask is chicken marsala bad for you? Well this one is not! This is a gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly chicken marsala recipe. It is a different take on your classic chicien marsala.

TIP: Sub marsala wine out for chicken stock if you do not want to consume/cook with wine.

To help out with budget you can also use chicken thighs for this slow cooker chicken marsala recipe. You will end up with great texture, flavor AND save money! The recipe will also work with chicken breasts.

My husband and kids do not like mushrooms but last night when I served this dish EVERYONE enjoyed it. Even the super picky toddler who eats nothing… 🤦‍♀️ 

Why you will love this slow cooker chicken marsala. 

  • 10 Minutes to Prep
  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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  • Is chicken marsala healthy?
Yes! The creamy sauce is achieved by using full fat coconut milk to give it a great texture and flavor. Healthy ingredients favoring a gluten, preservative, and dairy free lifestyle have been taken into account when creating this dish. Healthy food needs to be easy and tasty which is exactly what this crock pot chicken marsala has to offer! 
 

Ingredients you will need for this easy chicken marsala. 

  • chicken thighs bone-in, no skin (Use whatever cut of chicken you prefer)
  • fresh garlic cloves (or garlic powder)
  • mushrooms
  • dry Marsala wine (sub chicken broth, if desired)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • dried sage
  • yellow onion
  • full fat coconut milk 
  • lemon zest
  • water
  • tapioca flour

What is tapioca flour? Are there any substitutes for this?

 
Tapioca flour is extracted from cassava root and is naturally gluten free. It is a great substitute for corn flour or wheat in recipes. It gives great texture and flavor to any dish. 
 
If you do not have tapioca flour here are a couple 1:1 ratio substitutes.
 Cornstarch (Be sure to check the quality of cornstarch)
 
  • Cassava flour
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Rice flour
  • Potato flakes

How to make the marsala sauce?

SUPER EASY! This sauce essentially cooks itself in the slow cooker with your chicken. When you remove the chicken adding in a slurry will thicken the flavorful sauce that has developed while your dinner is cooking. 
 

How to make this chicken marsala recipe in the slow cooker?

Just throw everything into a slow cooker (besides the slurry) and let it cook for you. No mess, no fuss and a delicious home-cooked dinner!
 
 
 
 
 

 

What kind of meat can I use?

Use chicken thighs bone-in for the most flavor and best cost. I love cooking with a bone because it adds a depth to the dish. 
 
If you do not want to have to deal with a bone before serving use bone-less skin-less chicken thighs or chicken breasts.
 

What to serve with this crock pot chicken marsala?

Try serving chicken marsala over your favorite pasta noodle, or on its own. With a side of grilled veggies and some artisan bread.
 

How to store this chicken marsala?

After cooking store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

You can use a slow cooker or crock pot for this recipe. It is designed to be fast and easy so you do not have to take the time to cook all night.
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

Of course! If you are tight on time or a last minute cook then throw everything in the instant post and adjust cook time. This recipe can be made as a chicken marsala instant pot dish. 
 
For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

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Creamy Chicken Marsala (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken thighs bone-in, no skin (Use whatever cut of chicken you prefer)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, slicced
  • 1 cup sweet Marsala wine (use chicken broth if desired)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (use the top cream part of a can of full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour

Instructions

Directions:

  • Combined all ingredients into the slow cooker (except the water and tapioca flour).
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.
  • Combined water and tapioca flour in bowl and whisk together.
  • After cooking remove chicken and set aside. Whisk slurry into sauce in slow cooker and set to high for 30 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir chicken back into sauce and serve!

Freezer Directions:

  • Label gallon freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions, and expiration date (three months plus todays date).
  • Add all ingredients into labeled gallon freezer bag except water and tapioca flour.
  • Freeze for up to three months.

Cooking from Freezer Directions:

  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.
  • Combined water and tapioca flour in bowl and whisk together.
  • After cooking remove chicken and set aside. Whisk slurry into sauce in slow cooker and set to high for 30 minutes to thicken.
  • Stir chicken back into sauce and serve!

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Frequently asked questions

No problem! Just throw the freezer meal in your slow cooker and you’re all set. If it doesn’t fit thaw it for a few minutes in warm water. (You may need to add an extra 30 minutes cook time if completely frozen when cooking).

This is not pressure luck chicken marsala. However this is the my family dinner version of a chicken marsala recipe that can be made in an instant pot or slow cooker. 

An easy and healthy crockpot chicken recipe. 

Chicken thighs frozen should look for 5-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.

Chicken breasts should cook for 3-5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.

Be sure to check chicken temp for doneness. 

A serving size assumes 1 cup of easy chicken marsala mix at 477 kcal per serving. 

Absolutely. This can easily be a chicken marsala instant pot recipe.

You may have to play around with cook times. If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Vegetables or artisan bread go really well with chicken marsala. Here are some great vegetables that goes well with chicken marsala. 

  • creamed spinach
  • steamed asparagus
  • green beans
  • brussel sprouts

I love to grill up any veggies I have laying around to serve on the side of this dish. 

Chicken broth is a great non alcohol substitute for marsala wine. Or you could also use a dry madeira wine or a darker sherry like oloroso. Port or red vermouth would also work.

White grape juice mixed with sherry vinegar. Sweet wine, balsamic vinergar or sugar syrup.

Marsala wine is a fortified wine from sicily used to create a caramelized rich flavor in food. Depending on your preference a sweet or dry marsala will be great to use in this dish.

Dry giving you a more caramelized savory note while the sweet wine hits up a deep sweetness to the dinner.

There are two types of wine. Sweet and dry.

Traditionally a sweet marsala is used in dessert while a dry marsala is used with more savory dishes like chicken marsala or a cheddar cheese sauce.

Add in a slurry at the end of chicken cook time. Optional: remove chicken.

Then add slurry to sauce, mix and let cook for an additional 30 minutes on low. Leave lid off slow cooker for an even thicken sauce. The longer you cook the thicker the sauce. 

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