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Paleo Chicken Marsala Recipe

Louise Hendon | May 21

Your typical Italian restaurant is not exactly Paleo friendly, with all that bread and pasta. But that doesn’t mean that all Italian food is off limits. This Paleo chicken marsala takes the Italian flavors you know and love, and transforms them into a Paleo-friendly take on a classic dish. It all starts with juicy chicken breast and earthy mushrooms, served in a satisfying Marsala and chicken broth sauce. With a little fresh parsley to top everything off, your family will feel like they’re eating at a five star Italian restaurant. If you’re avoiding alcohol, feel free to leave out the Marsala. It’s a non-traditional take, but the sauce tastes amazing with or without it!

A Short History of Chicken Marsala

Chicken marsala is a variation on a classic Italian preparation called scaloppini. Scallopini means ‘little scallop’ and refers to a thinly sliced cut of meat, dredged in flour, and served in a light sauce. Other scaloppini dishes include chicken piccata and chicken saltimbocca.

Chicken marsala gets its name from the Marsala wine in the sauce. Marsala wine is made from white grapes and is traditionally fortified with brandy. This allowed the wine to be transported on boats over long distances.

Marsala wine is produced in Sicily, Italy, which is where chicken marsala originated, sometime in the 19th century. Though chicken marsala comes from Italy, it is believed to have been invented by English families living in Sicily at that time.

What to Serve Alongside Your Chicken

Cauli Mash – My grandmother used to make chicken marsala with mashed potatoes for dinner on Sundays. These days, cauli mash is more my speed!

Cauliflower Rice – Rice is another classic side for any chicken dish, and this cauliflower rice soaks up the sauce just as well as the original. If you’re feeling fancy, you could even try risotto! This version is Paleo and dairy-free. Just leave out the mushrooms if you’re serving it with chicken marsala!

Zoodles (or other Paleo noodles) – Serving chicken marsala with pasta is like wearing socks with sandals if you’re Italian. Luckily, here in the US we have no such hang ups, because noodles and chicken marsala are delicious. I like zoodles in Italian dishes, but there are plenty of options out there.

More Paleo-Friendly Italian Dishes

From zucchini noodles to breadcrumb-free meatballs, there’s a whole world of Paleo Italian food to explore. Read on for just a few of our favorites!

Or check out our list of almost 30 delicious Paleo Italian recipes here!

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Paleo Chicken Marsala Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: Italian


Who doesn’t love chicken and mushrooms? Give this classic a try tonight!


2 chicken breasts (400 g), skinless and deboned
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
1 cup (150 g) of mushrooms, sliced
3 Tablespoons of Marsala, optional
1/4 teaspoon (1 g) of konjac (glucomannan) powder
1 cup (240 ml) of hot chicken broth
salt and freshly ground black pepper
chopped parsley, to garnish


  1. Flatten the chicken breasts with a mallet until they are even thickness.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and grill the chicken until golden on both sides. Add the mushrooms to the pan halfway through.
  3. Once the chicken and mushrooms have caramelized, add the Marsala to the pan to deglaze and cook out.
  4. In the meantime, whisk the konjac (glucomannan) powder into the hot chicken broth. Add the broth to the pan and reduce the heat to moderate. Cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, at which time the breasts would have sufficiently cooked through.
  5. Taste the sauce to check for seasoning (adding salt and pepper if needed) and garnish with chopped parsley.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 473
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 49 g

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-Free)

Louise Hendon | May 15

One of the things I’ve missed since going Paleo is ice cream, especially during the summer months when you see people eating it everywhere!

I actually first gave up real ice cream when I found out I was lactose intolerant 6 years ago (it took me a while to believe it, despite the fact that pretty much all Asians are lactose intolerant!). It was at that point that I discovered lactose-free ice creams (where they put lactase into the ice cream to help us lactose-intolerant people digest it) – it still had dairy in it though.

Then later, I discovered coconut ice cream (I started seeing them sold in Whole Foods), although I have to admit the first few brands I tried put me off them. However, I turned back to coconut ice cream after trying it at Lick in Austin (pictured below). Their coconut ice cream was so good that I had to go back twice during my trip!

lick austin paleo coconut ice cream recipe

So, what do you do if you don’t live in Austin like me?

Make your own Paleo ice cream!
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Paleo Baked Chicken Stew

Louise Hendon | May 15

When you want stew, you want stew, that’s all there is to it. But what if you want stew without having to stand by the stove stirring a pot. You could reach for your crockpot, but only if you have a few hours to spare before dinner. Enter this Paleo baked chicken stew. It’s stew, but instead of cooking it in a pot on the stove, you cook it like a casserole in your oven. That’s right, it’s all the flavor of stew with none of the hassle. Plus, since it’s made with chicken, it only takes a little over an hour of cook time, unlike beef stew which can require a lengthy cooking process. Why not give this fun and tasty stew recipe a try? With only 10 minutes of prep time and flavor that packs a big punch, this is sure to become a new favorite!

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Paleo Beef Stew and Cauli Mash Recipe

Louise Hendon | May 15

There are so many ways to cook beef but beef stew is undeniably one of the most comforting. There’s something about the hearty beef, succulent veggies, and stick to your ribs sauce that just can’t be replicated. Cookbooks and the internet abound with beef stew recipes but we’d like to submit one more for your consideration, our Paleo beef stew with cauliflower mash. What makes this stew so good? It all starts with the the beef, which is bolstered by sauteed onions and garlic alongside earthy mushrooms. Once the rest of the veggies join the party, we top everything off with fragrant herbs and meaty broth. Cauliflower mash is the perfect side dish to pair with this stew. Together, you’ll have a meal that satisfies the appetite and puts whole foods in the spotlight.

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Paleo Chicken and Veggie Casserole Recipe

Louise Hendon | May 13

The best thing about a casserole isn’t the hands off cooking method or even the satisfying taste, it’s the one dish meal. Casseroles are the hero of weeknight dinners because with a good casserole recipe, you don’t need anything else but plates and silverware. Just check out this Paleo chicken and veggie casserole. It’s got protein! It’s got vegetables! It’s the whole package in one baking dish! It starts with juicy chicken breast, but that is only the beginning. There is spinach, carrots, cauliflower, and more, all wrapped up in a lightly spiced coconut cream sauce. And did I mention it takes under an hour to make from start to finish? With big flavor and a small prep time, this casserole is sure to become a new weeknight favorite in no time!

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Paleo Chocolate Covered Almonds

Louise Hendon | May 13

Structured forms of eating (otherwise known as diets) tend to be more sustainable the more practical they are. Leaving room for treats is one way to stay on the health food wagon.

The good news here is that you can adhere to Paleo and enjoy delicious chocolate too. Make these homemade Paleo chocolate covered almonds for a healthier treat.

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Paleo Chicken Cauliflower Rice Casserole

Louise Hendon | May 8

Chicken and rice is a classic combination for a reason. Even if you’re going grain-free, that doesn’t mean you have to give up rice for good. Enter cauliflower rice! This paleo-friendly rice substitute is a star in just about any dish where you might use rice. Like this Paleo chicken cauliflower rice casserole recipe. Juicy chicken, tender carrots, a healthy serving of cauliflower rice and crunchy cashews, all brought together in a satisfying eggy casserole that rivals any you may remember from childhood. It’s got everything you want in one-dish bite. The hour-long cook and prep time is well worth the wait for this delectable dish!

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Paleo Nutty Vegetarian Chili

Louise Hendon | May 7

I love vegans. They are so resourceful. They are forced to come up with unique ways of creating their favorite dishes just as much, if not more so, than us on a Paleo diet.

I always thought that vegetarians only had one option when it came to chili, and that would be a lot of beans. So, imagine my surprise when I was speaking with my vegan friend who said she had made a chili with nuts instead.

This got my thoughts sparking. If we can make chili with no beans, then that would work perfectly for a Paleo diet. And so, I just had to make the Paleo nutty vegetarian chili, perfect for so many diets and meal plans.

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Paleo Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

Louise Hendon | May 7

When you get a craving for chocolate, nothing else will do. But when you’re Paleo, satisfying your cravings is a little harder than picking out the first chocolate-flavored treat from the store. Too many store-bought chocolates are full of refined sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors, and more. So save your stomach (and your wallet) and look to your pantry instead. These Paleo chocolate haystacks use only four ingredients, and you probably already have them in your kitchen cabinets. We keep it it simple, letting the crunch of the almonds, the delicate coconut, and the rich chocolate speak for themselves. It’s chocolatey bliss in less time than it takes to drive to and from the store!

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Paleo Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Recipe

Louise Hendon | May 7

When the weather gets cold and grey, all I want to eat is soup. This Paleo turmeric cauliflower soup recipe hits all the right notes for a chilly day. The cauliflower and the coconut cream give this soup a velvety, stick-to-your-bones texture that you crave in the cold weather. The turmeric lends a spicy warmth to the soup as well as a lovely yellow color to chase away the winter blues. Onion and garlic round out the flavor profile with a hearty chicken or bone broth providing the perfect complex and meaty base. With only 10 minutes of prep, and an hour long cook time, this soup can be ready in time for dinner whenever your day needs brightening!

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