Chicken Lombardy

Marsala wine and mozzarella cheese got together and decided to skip the traditional chicken marsala on the menu, instead upping the ante with a buttery pan seared chicken & mushroom dish called Chicken Lombardy. It sounds fancy, but you’ll soon discover it’s shockingly simple. It’s the best use of both wine & cheese in a single recipe!

Chicken Lombardy

I can honestly say this chicken lombardy isn’t a native dish, or even a family heirloom. Surprising, right? Since it’s Italian sounding?

This is one of those much loved recipes that nobody is quite sure where it originated. We all seemed to find the ingredients & the instructions on Facebook though. Nothing wrong with that since there doesn’t seem to be an original source to give credit where credit is due. Disappointing though for the very same reason.

Chicken Lombardy

Since then though, there’ve been a good many theories on where this recipe actually originated from. It’s automatically the best, classic Italian American thing to come out of my kitchen in the last 5 years. It really is that good.

I’d heard a story that it was once on Olive Garden’s menu, but I haven’t found anything to back that account up. I mean, they do have a habit of naming their main chicken dishes after regions in Italy. Lombardy is a region in Northwest Italy too. So on that front, it’s a good guess.

Chicken Lombardy

Still there’s another school of thought (and fans) that claim it originates from Wisconsin. The home of the late, great Vince Lombardi- infamous player and coach.

Whichever version, whether true or not, they’re both great origin stories. Sometimes that’s all we can hope for. And this Chicken Lombardy is just about everything I could’ve hoped for and more.

Chicken Lombardy

First off, this dish gives me an excuse to cook with wine. Wine is great for relaxing & enjoying, but it’s even better when used to cook with a meaty dish. I’m a sucker for a good recipe that includes wine. I offer no apologies either- wine makes virtually any dish’s flavor factor exponentially better. 

This dish is braised in it. Making it a natural to be at the top of my list. It also helps that it tastes amazing!

Chicken Lombardy

You add in the bonus of sauteed mushrooms, green onions, and a heaping helping of cheese? Sign me up. Sign me up on all the rosters!

Not only did I immediately have to make this Chicken Lombardy, but I had to shout it’s praises from the roof tops. It is that good. Not a single bite disappointed. In fact, each bite left me aching for more!

Chicken Lombardy

SO much more, that for the first month- it was a regular star on our weekly menu. I kid you not, every single week. Not once did it lose it’s luster either. 

Around the two month mark though, we tucked it into the trusted family recipe box- and decided we’d wait awhile to enjoy it again. It still makes an appearance at least once a month though. I’ll be darned too if it isn’t one of those meals that every single son manages to show up for. I’m always pleased, and they still haven’t figured out they’re secretly encouraging me.

Chicken Lombardy

Plump chicken breasts are sliced in half, length wise, and dredged in flour. They’re then browned in a hot skillet with melted butter, and set aside to wait on a plate.

The butter and browned bits are whisked together with a mixture of broth & marsala wine to deglaze the pan. This mixture’s left to simmer, thickening slightly. A cornstarch slurry’s stirred in to really let it thicken into a hearty sauce.

The browned chicken breasts are piled into a lightly greased 9×13″ baking dish. Overlap the edges a bit, if necessary, so they all fit. Careful not to actually pile them on top of one another. A layer of sauteed baby bella mushrooms is spread evenly out over top of the chicken, then the sauce is poured on. Topped with both shredded mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses, and a sprinkle of thinly sliced green onions- it’s already shaping up to be one heck of a dish.

Chicken Lombardy

The Chicken Lombardy is then baked at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, just until the cheese is melted, bubbly, & beginning to turn golden brown at the edges. The dish is removed from the oven, with the chicken being served immediately. This entree pairs perfectly with a side salad, and your favorite pasta.

An explosion of flavor in every bite, this Chicken Lombardy is a gourmet dinner made on a budget in a fraction of the time you’d imagine.

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Chicken Lombardy

Flour dredged chicken breasts are braised in a buttery marsala wine sauce, topped with sauteed mushrooms, Italian cheeses, and tangy green onions for a signature dish that's irresistible.
3.73 from 647 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 372kcal


  • 8 oz pkg sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced


  • Cut each chicken breast evenly in half, lengthwise. One at a time, place a piece of chicken in between two sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, flatten the breast out to a 1/4" thickness. Repeat for all the pieces of chicken.
  • Melt the two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the mushrooms and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until tender. Remove the cooked mushrooms to a waiting plate or bowl, and set aside.
  • Add the flour to a flat plate. Dredge each piece of chicken in it, making sure there's an even coat.
  • In the same skillet you cooked the mushrooms in, melt two tablespoons of the remaining butter. Add two pieces of chicken, and up the heat to medium high. Let the chicken cook until nicely browned on one side, flip and repeat. Transfer the browned breasts to a waiting plate.
  • Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet, and brown another two breasts. Repeat the steps until all the chicken is browned, and all transferred to the waiting plate.
  • Stir the broth and wine into the drippings in the skillet, whisking to deglaze the pan and get up all those yummy browned bits. Season with salt & pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened slightly. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch and water to make a slurry. Whisk this into the skillet sauce, and let it simmer another 1-2 minutes- until nicely thickened. Remove the skillet from heat, and set aside.
  • Transfer the chicken breasts to a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish, overlapping a bit if necessary to fit them all. Spread the sauteed mushrooms evenly out over top.
  • Pour the sauce evenly out over top of the chicken. Then sprinkle the cheeses evenly out over top, followed by the sliced green onions.
  • Bake the prepared chicken at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly golden brown. Remove the dish from the oven, and serve immediately.


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 479mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1.1mg


121 thoughts on “Chicken Lombardy

    1. Are you not wanting to use alcohol at all? If so, I’ve seen this used as a substitute.

      1/4 cup of white grape juice
      1 tablespoon vanilla extract
      2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar

      1. 5 stars
        This was so delicious! I added garlic, and tripled the sauce, perfect for 6 servings. It was the perfect amount! Will definitely make this one again, so yummy with egg noodles and green beans.

    2. I’m just curious if you have a preference on what type of marsala wine you used? I like cooking with sweet wines but if this recipe is better with a dry wine, I’d like to stick to it.

      1. Use chicken broth
        I think Marsalis to sweet for me I ude good chardonnay maybe riesling(spelling does Not count) stay well friend

  1. Mmmm! I am going to make this for dinner tonight! I just happen to have all of the ingredients right now! What a fabulous dinner! Thanks so much for bringing this beautiful dish over to Fiesta Friday this week!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good, I used chicken broth , no wine , it was full of flavor, I double the gravy, next time I’ll quadruple it. The gravy took the meal over the top

    1. I will have to try it with tenders next time, I’ve always got those on hand. And yes, I almost always double (or even triple) the sauce.

  3. 5 stars
    I was surprised to see this recipe as I used to wow my company with it about 35 years ago! I got it from Southern Living; in fact, my recipe has a note that says “Southern Living All-Time Favorites.” The immediate difference I see is they had us pounding those halves between waxed paper to thin them down, and that was the step I didn’t like! I think I’ll try chicken tenderloins as I believe was suggested above. The only other difference was that they used 3/4 cup marsala, and in the wine and broth reduction they simmered 10 minutes.(A copy of my original cut out from the magazine shows SL credited Joe Broussard of Lafayette, Louisiana. And they note that the recipe originally appeared in their Nov. 1978 issue.)

  4. You started with sautéing the mushrooms and then removing them, and setting aside. You mention to add more butter to the pan that had the onions, and begin browning the chicken pieces. I think you meant mushrooms, not onions, but how do you use the onions, sautéed at some point, or raw? This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

    1. I fixed it, the skillet you cooked the ‘onions’ in was supposed to say mushrooms. I’ve edited the recipe card to reflect that now, thanks for catching it! The onions are sprinkled on after the cheese. It’s in the instructions. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

    1. Personally, I’ve never found scrolling to be that hard. Sorry you feel that way. Either way, recipe testing/creation isn’t free. Neither is running a stable healthy website. The ads your scrolling past keep this site up and running. Blame Google for the length of content they require for a site to he taken seriously for them. Often there are helpful tid bits in the content. And if not, again, most people just scroll past it in a few swipes to get to the good stuff. Glad you had enough time to leave this insightful comment 🙂

      1. I personally am not bothered by scrolling. And usually, the post leading to the recipe is what actually makes me want to try it. It gives me a feel for the blogger’s personality. What can be bothersome are pop-ups that take up the whole screen, have small “x” buttons, or any other thing that visually interrupts or distracts from reading (which this site does not have). Anyhow, I do appreciate your explanation as to the “why” behind post length. Maybe it would be a good blog post to dedicate an explanation to as more and more people seem to bothered by scrolling. I bet it would make a popular post on Pinterest 😉

    2. time go pay for a cooking you “get” that it costs you nothing to ..OH MY GOD spend the two MINUTES it takes to scroll through the ads .. you you GET that this takes time to put this together .. so the when you “scroll past the ads so these people can get paid something…..sigh …you should be embarrassed at that comment

  5. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Did a couple of steps a little differently, i.e. cooked the chicken first, sauteed the mushrooms in the same pan and after they were soft and tender added the Marsala wine and reduced it. Also, used the Marsala wine instead water for the Corn starch slury.
    Absolutely a beautiful dish!

    1. Thanks for the great feedback, Michael! Love your idea of swapping the water for wine in the slurry 🙂 Hope you find many more of our dishes to love and enjoy.

  6. I’m getting ready to make this this weekend. I imagine it can be made ahead and then put in the oven the next day. Anyone tried that?

    1. Ok, I answered my own question. I made it this past Saturday , refrigerated it and after leaving out for 40 minutes or so, put it in the oven as directed on Sunday. It turned out fine! Delicious recipe!!

    2. Not sure that’s a good idea. The outside of the chicken would get hot, further inside a little warm when pan-frying. That little warmness could start bacteria growth. That’s not an issue if cooked immediately but the next day? Usually partially cooking meat isn’t recommended as an advance prep.

  7. Well yum, yum, and yum! Thank you! I will be making this on Sunday! I have only had it from our local carryout pizza shop’s dinner menu and I have to tell you that it is $18.75 for a container with 1 piece of chicken…so dinner for two is nearly $40! I can make it several times for that money. I might try assembling it in the morning and see how it fares baking it at dinner time since it does not have much flour on it.

  8. 5 stars
    This was very tasty. Pretty much a quick fix. The only changes I made was to triple the sauce, double the mushrooms and used tenderloins! Delish!

  9. Wondered if this dish can be prepared up to step 9 several hours in advance? Looks amazing!
    Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      Wonderful and flavorful recipe. Only change I made was to use white cooking wine instead of marsala as that is what I had. My husband loved it and I’ve added it to my favorites. Thank you.

      1. Thanks for sharing Bonnie, and so happy you were able to adapt it to what you had on hand. It’s definitely one of our family’s all time favorite chicken recipes!

  10. I appreciate the comments and enjoy reading all the tips and suggestions prior to the recipe. C’mon people, if you can’t take a minute to scroll down, go buy a cookbook. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow. If I triple the sauce, would it be good as a sauce for the pasta as well?

  11. Instead of pasta, I think I might like some Garlic Smashed Red Potatoes and nice Fresh Steamed Broccoli! It would make a pretty and appetizing dish! yummy, can’t wait to try it!

    1. Steamed broccoli & this recipe go together alllll day long. Perfect pairing! Those potatoes sound divine, too. My only advice would be to have a slice or two of crusty bread on hand to sop up and of the leftover juices. You won’t want to waste a drop!

  12. I made this recently and loved it! Added more Marsala wine and it’s now my favorite chicken dish! Will make this quite often. I’m making your Shimp Salad tonight!
    Thanks for some great recipes!

  13. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Just made it a few days ago. I also doubled the sauce but left everything else the same. My whole family loved it!

  14. Can’t wait to try this! By the way, Lombardy is a brand of Marsala wine. Maybe that is where the recipe name comes from.

  15. One of my three sons is coming to visit next week, so I will be making it for one of my meals..My husband doesn’t like chicken, so I will make his with pork madelions.

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. I made 3 changes: tenderloins, tried to make tons more sauce but still didn’t make enough – I could drink the sauce, right? And finally, I seared the tenders in my cast iron skillet (cooked the mushrooms and the saucer in it too) instead of using breading.

      It was mind blowing out of this world!!! I don’t understand at all why my husband didn’t want seconds but hey, more for me, right?

      It will be made again. He can have a tuna sandwich!

  16. The only problem I see is 3 chicken breast boneless.
    How much should it weight. I can get very small ones or medium ones at my butcher. I need weight range.

  17. Must I use mushrooms? My hubby is allergic to them. I do love them myself, but they are for him banned, and yes he’s worth it. Two of my favorites strawberries and mushrooms, gone!
    I cook with chicken all of the time. Thanks for the wine substitution.

  18. Going to try this recipe tomorrow can’t wait mmm sounds great, I will let you know how it turns out and I will also double the sauce. Thank you for sharing everyone.

  19. 5 stars
    Finally made this tonight and it was marvelous! Hubs approved we should add this to our starting line-up. Made it with egg noodles and a side salad and it was perfect.

  20. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time and is delicious! Had it with angel hair pasta, spaghetti sauce, slices of avocado. I used 6 green onions because we love onions! I sprinkled some seasonings as well.

    1. I’ve never found it to be too messy or too much of a pain, although it is a little more labor intensive than my normal meals. Could just be that it tastes so good, it wipes all that away in a single bite 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Amazing dish, the flavors are delicious. I made it the first time for myself and hubby. Made it again for my son and his family.

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Enjoyed this dish to the max. The sauce does need to be tripled or it is too dry. Thank you for an amazing dish!

  23. 5 stars
    Very very nice chicken meal My wife who loves chicken really liked it so it will definitely become part of our meal rotation so thank you for sharing.

  24. Made for my wife and she loved it did not have any green onions so I use a little onion powder and added some garlic and use chicken tenders it was great. It will be made again.

  25. 5 stars
    This fish was one of the most amazing chicken dishes I’ve ever made! I used brown mushrooms, and I didn’t have any wine on hand ☹️ so I substituted 1/4 chicken broth and 2 tbsp white wine vinegar. The dish smelled amazing, and the taste was truly delicious! I would definitely make this again…and again…and again!!! I’m so glad I found this recipe.

  26. My husband I thought this recipe was a winner. I will be making it again and again. Thank you, it even looked just like the picture you presented. Star quality!!!! Wow!!!!!

  27. So delicious! I made it tonight for hubs and me, but what an easy make ahead entree for a crowd! I didn’t have Marsala on hand, and only pricey white wines, but I used inexpensive Costco Prosecco I had and it was amazing! I threw in a handful of fresh spinach at the end of the Mushroom sautée To sneak in greens for my husband. This and a green salad with heirloom tomatoes made an exceptional Weeknight meal!

    1. I love sneaking in veggies and the spinach idea is perfect. Great tip on the prosecco. I love that you adapted to use what you had on hand. Thanks for sharing Cathy!

  28. I loved reading all of the comments, but nobody answered the question whether dry or sweet Marsala should be used. I will be making this dish ASAP. Can anyone tell us? Thank you for posting!

    1. I typically only used sweet marsala as as dessert ingredient. I would recommend a dry version for this recipe. Hope that helps!

  29. 5 stars
    Oh MY GOODNESS!!! Just made this for my hubby, his favorite Italian fish is Chicken Marsala. He couldn’t quit eating it, neither could
    I. This may be the best thing I have ever cooked for him! Thank you for sharing, so happy I found it today!!

  30. Our new favourite chicken dish!! I didn’t change a thing and will be making it until the entire bottle of wine is used up!

  31. I’ve made this recipe before and it’s delish. Can you make it ahead of time for a dinner party, and put into the oven straight from the fridge? Has anyone tried it?

  32. 5 stars
    Seems I re-call reading somewhere, where I could finish this off still on the stove top putting a lip on the pan. Or was that another recipe? That is the way I have been doing it and we really enjoy it.

    How do I get more sauce, I hardly have any bits to deglaze the pan. What should I do?



  33. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for dinner. It turned out great. I used chicken thighs instead of breast. Doubled the amount of gravy as suggested by other comments.
    I didn’t have Marsala wine but used a sweet dry red wine. So simple to prepare. Will make it again for sure!

  34. 3 stars
    Didn’t like the chicken plain. next time i made it, I breaded the chicken and browned it, put it together the same way, but changed the wine, I don’t care for Marsala wine. used sifendel. Everyone liked it better, will make it this way again.

    1. Sorry to hear you weren’t a fan of the plain version, Lucille- great idea though to bread and brown the chicken though.

  35. My husband loved it! I probably used a bit more cheese than called for and I finished it under the broiler. Used all the Marsala I had in the pantry. Time to hit the liquor store.

    1. I am always heavy handed with the cheese. I just can’t help it, but when has extra cheese every been a bad thing?! So happy to hear your husband loved it, Carol 🙂 Also, great idea of finishing it up under the broiler.

  36. After reading through the recipe and comments I decided to double the recipe. Didn’t have any wine ( I drank it all)……turned out great! Moist chicken and lovely gravy. Thank you for posting.

  37. Hi! In the recipe you write its 6 servings but in the picture on the baking dish you have only 3? Do i need to make it in batches?

  38. 3 stars
    I followed this recipe and my dish came out flavorful but extremely dry. Other websites state to cover the dish with foil. I’ve included this in my notes and will do that the next time I make this dish.

    1. Oh no! So sorry your chicken came out dry, Eleanor. I haven’t had this experience before, and hope it was just a fluke or due to differing ovens. Great idea about the foil, thank you for sharing the tip!

  39. 5 stars
    Made this for my book club and everyone loved it. Didn’t have green onions to I sauté a scallion with the mushrooms. Doubled the sauce since it was so good. One of our families favorite recipes.

  40. Hi! Not sure if anyone else asked, but can I use regular wine instead of Marsala? And if so, what do you suggest? It looks so yummy- I was trying to avoid buying an item I may not use much.

  41. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit! Doubled sauce per previous reviews; added 1 large shallot and 3 cloves of garlic. I inadvertently reduced sauce too much and added a bit of heavy cream to compensate. This dish was attacked before I could even snap a pic. Really, really delicious!

  42. 5 stars
    As I didn’t read the recipe very closely it was a little more work than I would normally do. But it was fantastic!! I have never had chicken so tender! The wine took it up another notch, and the mushrooms were delicious! I will definitely make it again!

  43. 5 stars
    The flavor was amazing and it was so simple to make! I will definitely be making this again and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂

  44. 5 stars
    My husband and I made this together. We used 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth (no wine) to make the gravy and doubled the amount of cornstarch and the cheeses. It was fantastic!!

  45. 5 stars
    We really enjoyed this. My husband wanted to try over rice. I think we needed to increase amount of sauce for rice. Next time, we’ll serve over noodles though. I also agree with others that more sauce is needed. My husband and I agree that we could easily make this a meatless dish. We loved the mushrooms, cheese, and sauce. Thank you for this!

  46. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit. I didn’t have Marsala so I used Pino Noir. I also added more chicken stock and sautéed shallots with the mushrooms. It was great.

  47. 5 stars
    Great Recipe, I’m somewhat of a beginner but this wasn’t hard to put together. I served it with zucchini and mushroom boats and rice.

    By the way Vince Lombardi, great Green Bay Packer Head Coach was a native of Brooklyn NY and was hardly infamous, he was however famous and beloved.

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