Despite its unclear origins, chicken Lombardy checks all the boxes for great chicken recipes. It’s full of flavor, tastes amazing, and is simple to make! Like all good Italian chicken recipes, this recipe pairs beautifully with pasta and veggies.
I love the Marsala sauce. It’s one of my favorite Mediterranean chicken sauces. The wine brings a brilliant depth of flavor that the mushrooms and chicken are quick to soak in. You’ll love the sophisticated taste of this simple to make chicken Lombardy recipe.
Let’s head to the kitchen and get started!
What I Love About This Recipe
This chicken Lombardy recipe has many wonderful things about it. Here are my favorite things!
- The Marsala sauce
- Easy to make
- Tons of flavor
- The ooey-gooey cheese layer
How To Make Chicken Lombardy Recipe
To make this chicken Lombardy recipe, saute the mushrooms in butter. Then, dredge the chicken in flour and cook it in the butter. Transfer the cooked chicken to a baking dish and top with the mushrooms.
Deglaze the pan with the wine and chicken stock. Simmer the sauce until thickened and pour over the chicken. Top with green onions and cheese and bake.
This recipe is very straightforward to make. Here are some extra tips on the techniques used!
Watch the heat- To get a nice crisp coating on the chicken, you’ll want the butter hot when you put the chicken in the pan. However, butter burns easily, so be careful not to overdo the heat.
Deglazing the pan- Do not skip this step. It’s critical to ensuring full flavor in your sauce. The broth and wine lift the bits of chicken and mushroom off the bottom of the pan. Scrape and stir vigorously as you add the liquid.
Simmer the sauce- The thickness of the sauce can vary a great deal based on the reduction temperature. If you thicken the sauce too much, add a bit more chicken broth or water for a slightly thinner consistency.
If you find the sauce too thin after 10 minutes, just cook it a bit longer. You want it to be lightly coating a spoon when it’s all said and done.
Serving suggestions – Traditionally you’ll find this with pasta, but it also works over rice or mashed potatoes. Slightly bitter winter veggies (broccoli or Brussels sprouts) or greens are a good option to balance the subtle sweetness of the sauce.
Mushrooms- I like cremini mushrooms because they bring more flavor than other types. If you can’t find cremini, portobello or button mushrooms will work.
Marsala- Marsala is a fortified wine, which means it has brandy added to it. This brings a fantastic depth of flavor and is why Marsala is so popular in sauces. You don’t have to break the bank for cooking Marsala. A $10-20 bottle is definitely adequate for making sauces.
I also suggest buying a dry variety. If you cannot find Marsala, you can use Sherry or Madeira as alternatives.
Nonalcoholic substitution- You can use 1/2 c white grape juice, 1/4 c sherry vinegar, and 1 Tablespoon of vanilla. This combination yields a nice depth of flavor that is similar to Marsala. It might take longer to thicken, but just keep simmering!
In the unlikely event you have leftovers, allow them to cool and put them in a well-sealed container. I suggest a smaller baking dish for easy reheating!
Can You Freeze This?
To freeze this, I suggest stopping before you bake it. Freeze at that point, and when you’re ready for it, pop it in the oven. It will probably take it about 30-40 minutes from frozen.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make this ahead by freezing it, as noted above. You can also make it a couple of days ahead of time, stopping before you bake it. Set it out on the counter 30 minutes before baking.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling guidelines, you can store this for 2-3 days in the fridge and up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
This recipe is delicious just the way it is, but here are some ideas on variations!
Can I Add Pasta?
Pasta is a perfect partner for this recipe. Now you just need to decide what to serve with it! Traditionally you’ll find this with angel hair or other long, thin pasta.
It doesn’t have tons of extra sauce like olive garden chicken alfredo or Tuscan chicken pasta. It will be more like chicken florentine pasta dishes that have sauce for the chicken but not coating every piece of pasta.
Can I Use Parmesan Instead Of Mozzarella?
I like mozzarella in this dish because of its melty, gooeyness on top of the chicken. Parmesan cheese doesn’t melt as nicely, but you could definitely use a mixture of the two!
Parmesan goes great in creamy parmesan garlic mushroom chicken, and of course, classic chicken parmesan is always a delicious alternative. You can even put Parmesan in the chicken breading like in parmesan crusted chicken for extra crispy, cheesy yumminess.
What Soup Can I Serve This Recipe With?
This recipe lends itself to Italian flavors. Something like Italian wedding soup, Minestrone, or Italian chicken soup would all be fantastic options.
Can I Make This With Italian Sausages?
I think browning Italian sausage with the mushrooms would add loads of flavor. The chicken and sausage combination would be like chicken scarpariello or chicken murphy without the spice.
What Other Mediterranean Recipes Can I Make?
Can’t get enough of Mediterranean recipes? Neither can I! You all know how much I love the zesty flavors of the Med! The tangy lemon sauce of chicken Francaise and Greek lemon chicken are both bold and fresh tasting. Prosciutto wrapped chicken packs a double flavor punch that is straight from Italy.
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms trimmed and sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup marsala
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup green onions sliced
- 2 cups mozzarella shredded
- 1-2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons butter and cook the mushrooms on medium-high heat until tender, 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Slice each chicken breast in half, horizontally, with a very sharp knife. Pat slices dry with paper towels to remove any moisture. Dredge each piece in flour, shaking off excess.
- Brown chicken in batches, so as not to crowd the pan, in 1-2 Tablespoons of remaining butter in the skillet, over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden. Transfer browned chicken to the prepared baking dish, laying in a single layer. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Arrange cooked mushrooms over chicken.
- Add marsala and chicken broth to skillet. Bring liquid to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper. Drizzle sauce evenly over chicken. Sprinkle green onions over chicken then top evenly with cheese.
- Bake uncovered, in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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More Mediterranean Chicken Recipes
Chicken pairs beautifully with Mediterranean flavors. Here are some more favorites!
- Coq Au Vin – classic chicken in wine sauce
- Greek Chicken Salad – Full of bold Greek flavors
- Chicken Marbella – A masterful marinated chicken recipe
- Chicken Gnocchi – Chicken and plump pasta pillows (aka gnocchi!)- Delish!
- Chicken Cordon Bleu – Breaded chicken wrapped around ham and cheese
This chicken Lombardy recipe is a crowd-pleaser wherever you serve it. It’s one of those taste like you’ve slaved for hours meals that is so easy to make. I love to serve it with pasta and veggie like broccoli or a fresh salad.
What is your favorite side to serve with it? I can’t wait to hear how it works for you. Be sure to leave me a comment below!
This was great! I made it gluten free by using GF flour and served it over brown rice pasta. Looking forward to having the leftovers. I will definitely make this again!
Thank you, Deb! This is really perfect with rice 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed
I’m making this tomorrow and thought about adding bacon with the mushrooms. What do u think?
Hi Willo! I haven’t tried adding bacon yet but it sounds delicious.? Let us know how it turns out for you!
I LOVE this recipe! Totally delicious and super easy to whip up without a lot of fuss. I like lots of cheese and always use three different types: Provolone, Mozzarella and Parmesan. They all melt well when grated and mixed together. As far as the sauce is concerned, I just DOUBLE the amount indicated in the recipe and serve the baked chicken over angel hair pasta tossed with butter, some finely grated parmesan and a little bit of garlic salt. Everyone always comments on how flavourful this meal is! We usually have a little side salad so we get our greens and veggies and serve it with warm garlic bread as well. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll get my breadmaker out and make that fresh from scratch too. ENJOY!
That’s so wonderful, Sara! 😀
This may be a dumb question, but did you use thin sliced chicken breasts?
Well, I cut the chicken breasts in half to create thin chicken breast. <3
It was delicious! I had 6 thin-sliced chicken breasts and after they were browned, I placed them over a bed of frozen spinach cooked in microwave with garlic. Then followed the recipe as shown except using a commenter’s tip to use basil instead of parsley. Very good substitution! Thank you.
You’re welcome, Beth! 😀 So happy to hear you liked it!
Dorothy moore says
Can you use anything other than wine?
Hi Dorothy! I haven’t tried looking for alternatives for the wine for this recipe so I can’t advise.
I’m no foodie or chef, so maybe this is a noob question, but step 2 says to cook the mushrooms with the butter (no amount given, so I assume all?), but step 4 references “remaining butter”. What remaining butter? Or is that additional butter?? Or should step 2 not use all of the gobs of butter listed in the ingredients??? 🙂 (I’ve seen this ambiguity on other recipes for this dish…)
Thanks for the clarification. This does sound delish!!
Hi Carl. Not a noob question. My editing mistake! In step 2 you use 2 tablespoons of butter, then in step 4, you use 2 tablespoons for brown the first batch of chicken, then use 1-2 tablespoons, as needed, for the second batch. Thanks so much for your question. I hope you make this dish, it’s really yummy!!
John Querbach says
Made this and it was great!
Elaine williams says
Thank you for posting. I made this years ago from a recipe in Southern Living cookbook. My husband loves this dish. Also thank you for not DEMANDING registration, etc to view and comment. Pinterest? Are you listening?
I’, so glad you found us, Elaine! My hubby loves this dish too!
Marilyyn Groneng says
I cannot wait to try this! As a Wisconsin resident and Green Bay Packers season ticket holder, in homage to our former coach, I have saved the recipe in my file to Chicken Lombardi rather than Lombardy! 🙂 Love your site and your wonderful recipes.Just ordered a jar of Pappadew Peppers for your salad recipe!
Hi Marilynn! I love that you’re going to pay homage to the former coach with this delicious chicken recipe!I hope you love the peppadews as much as I do. They’re wonderful in the salad! <3
Is there anything you could use instead of the Marsala?
Hi, Denise. You can substitute Madeira instead. 🙂
Pat sheehyy says
Can you make 5his the night before
Hi Pat, I would make it ahead through step 5, then cool it and store in the fridge. Then when you want to serve, let the dish sit out on the counter for 30 minutes (so it cooks more evenly), then follow step 6 <3
Sounds heavenly, but surely this is not 2264 calories per serving? Please advise thank you.
You’re so right Connie! It was initially miscalculated. All fixed now <3
Hello!! Where do you find Marsala in the grocery store??
The liquor department <3
Terri h says
Its was delicious, right temp on butter is key. I thought plain rice or pasta wasnt going to do it for me. I prepared orzo rissotto and garlic sauteed spinach as sides. Huge hit!
Sounds so yummy, Terri! <3
I recently made this recipe with my sister and it was an enjoyable experience and our dinner was amazing. We had a friend over with their child and both really liked it. The chicken was perfectly cooked and it wasn’t dry like in most recipes I’ve tried, and the cheesy top coating finished off the dish to perfection. I made this with some white rice and am definitely going to continue to make it again!
Barbara Mc Dowell says
I have made this dish 4 times. It is a family favorite. However iI use almost all the can of soup and a lot of marsala but i put baking power unit and it thickens up. I pour this over the chicken. I also use basil instead of parsley. When i serve it I make angel hair pasta make a bed on plates put chicken on top and spoon sauce over it! Fantastic!
Kathleen Smith says
Hi Barbara, I am so glad this is a family favorite! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and I hope you check out more of our recipes!
When does the Marsala & broth thicken?
I simmered for over 15 mins and it never thickened?
Kathleen Smith says
Hmmmm. Did you bring it to a boil first? The sauce thickens as some of the liquid evaporates while you simmer it uncovered. It thickens, but as sauces go, its not super thick sauce.
getting it to thicken is always hit or miss – and a lot has to do with how much flour was added to the chicken. i always add a corn starch flurry to the sauce after simmering. MUCH easier!