Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese {Recipe & Contest}

by Jen on December 2, 2013

Today I have a very special recipe to share with you! I was invited to participate in the Colombo Wines 12 Days of Marsala Recipe Challenge. I was tasked with developing a recipe utilizing either their sweet or dry marsala wine. Colombo provided me with the wine and ingredients and I got creative from there!


The idea that kept coming back to me over and over was converting traditional chicken marsala into a creamy, baked macaroni and cheese dish. I know chicken marsala is a favorite dish of many and who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I love finding ways to put unique spins on classic comfort dishes so I had high hopes for my hybrid dish.


It was, in fact, an excellent concept! It took several tests to get it just right but the final result was a creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese with bites of marsala chicken and mushrooms studded throughout. I was concerned that the marsala flavor would get lost in the cheese and pasta but it didn’t at all. It added another layer of depth and flavor to the mac and cheese and really complemented the gruyere and fontina cheeses that I used in the recipe.


I also tried to streamline the preparation of the dish as much as possible so I started by making the chicken marsala in a large saucepan and then whisked milk, flour and cheese into the sauce to convert it to macaroni and cheese. My final touch was to top it all off with panko breadcrumbs to add a little texture contrast.


Please head over to the Colombo 12 Days of Marsala Challenge website to view my recipe and to vote my mac and cheese as your favorite recipe of the challenge. Colombo is giving away a Colombo gift pack AND a $50 gift card every day to one lucky voter. I would LOVE for you to support my recipe! I spent hours in the kitchen dreaming this delicious dish up and I hope you will try it and vote!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 heidi December 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

Just voted….I hope you win! :)


2 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

thanks heidi!


3 Matt @ Runner Savvy December 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

Looks delicious!


4 Elise @ December 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

Weirdly enough I’m not the biggest mac and cheese fan, but WOW this looks amazing! I might have to rethink that ! lol


5 Jodie December 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

Done. This looks awesome. Hope you win


6 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

thanks jodie!


7 Lindsey December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

I voted! Looks amazing!!!!


8 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

thank you lindsey!


9 Erica Ro December 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

Just voted! Oh man, I want this for breakfast right now!


10 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

thanks erica! wish i could send you some!


11 Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

Looks like I have to add marsala to my shopping list this week – this looks amazing!


12 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

i know, i haven’t cooked with it in so long! adds so much flavor!


13 Julie December 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

Voted! Looks great, good luck!


14 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

thank you so much julie!


15 Stephanie December 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

Looks amazing! Adding the recipe to my ‘try soon’ list!


16 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

let me know how it turns out!


17 Ashley N. December 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

YUMMM! This looks delicious!


18 Dana December 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

Wow! Voted! I love that you entered a Marsala contest!!!…Can’t wait to try this for dinner :)


19 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

thank you dana!


20 Mary December 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I just voted for your recipe and I can’t wait to make it. Even my sometimes picky kids will like it! Thanks!


21 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

thanks! let me know how it turns out if you try it!


22 Jake Long December 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Macaroni and cheese with chicken and mushrooms sounds amazing. I’ll be sure to vote for and try this recipe as well.


23 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

thanks jake!


24 Pam December 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Voted for you! Hope you win! Sounds good if you like meat!


25 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

thank you pam!


26 Jen December 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

oh and it would be awesome with just mushroom marsala for a meatless version!


27 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Chicken marsala is one of my all time favorite chicken dishes! I absolutely love the recipe I use and I wish I would make it more often! I always forget to by Marsala for some reason…it’s probably the price that deters me LOL Hope I win this so I can bring the dish back into my life! :)


28 Brittany Tungett February 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

This looks amazing! Any chance you still have the recipe? The link takes me to “page not found”.
Thank you!!


29 Jen February 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

yes! i will post it.


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