Lighter Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole

October 5, 2018

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole is a lighter take on a classic Italian dish.  It’s easy to make in your Crock-Pot and perfect for warming you up on chilly nights!

As soon as I feel that familiar chill in the air, I know that it’s time to get those Crock-Pot recipes ready! I tend to use my Crock-Pot year ’round, but I recently received the Casserole Crock Slow Cooker and it’s changing the way I slow cook!  I started thinking about casseroles.  All kinds of delicious casseroles!  But is there anything better than sitting down to a hearty noodle casserole after a cold day?  There’s just something so comforting about a warm, flavorful noodle dish.

So I wanted to turn one of my favorite Italian dishes into a noodle casserole.  The nights have been chilly and our weekly menu has been adapted to dishes that are warm and satisfying.  Just like our menu, I wanted to adapt a classic Chicken Marsala recipe into a casserole that’s like a hug to your stomach.  Instead of a heavy coating of flour, the chicken is dredged in a light coating of whole wheat flour.  Instead of adding cream to the Marsala sauce, it’s a simple yet flavorful sauce of just wine, broth, and seasonings.

Classic Italian flavor without the fuss!

The only thing that’s “heavy” in this dish is the egg noodles. However, egg noodles do contain a higher amount of protein than regular pasta.  Egg noodles also have that something comforting about them.  They remind me of home cooking and mom’s recipes.  The noodles do soak up a lot of the sauce once they’re added to this dish, but they hold most of the flavor.

This Lighter Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole was so easy to make in my Casserole Crock Slow Cooker!  The prep involved is easy and worth the small amount of extra work for classic Italian flavor.  The slow cooked chicken is fork tender and the mushrooms give the dish an earthy element. However, it’s the Marsala that’s the star of this dish with a slight sweetness that just works so well.

Lighter Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole

Serving Size: 4

Lighter Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Casserole


  • 4 thin, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable (or chicken) broth
  • 1 tsp. corn starch + a little water
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz broad egg noodles, prepared al dente
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: grated Parmesan cheese, fresh oregano


  1. Heat about a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a skillet.
  2. While the oil is heating, coat the chicken, on both sides, in flour.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until the chicken is golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken to the Crock-Pot.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk the Marsala wine, broth, corn starch, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning together. Pour over the chicken.
  6. Add the sliced mushrooms around the chicken, cover the Crock-Pot, and heat on low for 8 hours.
  7. About a half hour before serving, prepare the egg noodles by boiling just until al dente.
  8. Add the noodles to the crockpot and stir.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and serve with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh oregano, if desired.


Tip: The pasta will soak up a lot of the Marsala sauce. Double the sauce recipe if you want extra sauce, or prepare extra sauce on the side in a saucepan (bring it to a boil, lower heat, and allow sauce to reduce a little) to spoon over this dish.

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This take on Chicken Marsala may be lighter and easier, but it’s just as flavorful as the real deal.  Because the noodles soaked up so much of the sauce, next time I’ll make extra.  This dish is still full of that classic Marsala flavor in a fall-worthy noodle casserole!


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