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Dec 26, 2006 10:16 PM

Substitute for marsala wine?

Can I do chicken marsala without marsala wine? Will any red do?

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  1. The flavor would be totally different. Marsala is much closer to sherry.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I have sherry at home. Would that work instead?

    2. I've done it millions of times. It won't be chicken marsala tho.

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      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        not chicken marsala ... chicken sherry.

      2. You can try another sweet wine like Madeira.

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        1. re: singleguychef

          Yeah, Madeira or a sweet sherry will probably work well.

          1. re: anna

            I ended up using sherry. It turned out okay, but I'm too much of an amature cook to improvise as much as I did. It was a little bland (I used the sherry, mushrooms, lemon juice, butter, salt, and pepper).

        2. Try adding angustura bitters to the sherry. It's the bitters/herbs in marsala that make it so different and flavorful. Let us know how it turns out.