Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Chicken Madeira + Video

This Chicken Madeira recipe is rich and delicious, and tastes just like the Cheesecake Factory™ original. Indulge with this simple yet decadent dish!

Juicy chicken, a decadent mushroom sauce, gooey mozzarella, and fresh asparagus work in perfect harmony for the ultimate comfort meal.

This warm and soul-soothing meal is almost too easy to make at home! It uses hearty and flavorful ingredients that leave me satisfied every time. I’m obsessed!

This cajun pasta recipe is another Cheesecake Factory copycat that is significantly less expensive than the original. Customize with your favorite protein and pasta in this delicious entree!

Another delicious one pan meal is this savory Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Potato Skillet dish. Only 30 minutes to prepare, and even less time to clean up.

Chicken Madeira on a plate

Making Chicken Madeira

  • Use a tenderizer for the perfect thickness. To get the ideal thickness for your poultry, slice the breasts in half and place between two pieces of plastic wrap. Pound to ¼ thick with a meat tenderizer. 
  • Spread the sauce. Be sure to spoon your reduction over the dish when serving for flavor in every bite!
  • Don’t want to cook with wine? Simply replace it with additional stock. You could also add a few dashes of balsamic vinegar for a similar tang.
  • Prep ahead. The mushrooms and sauce can be prepped ahead of time! You’ll save a good bit of time if you do this, leaving you with only the meat and asparagus to cook day-of. Reheat in the skillet on low heat for the best result.

cheesecake factory chicken madeira searing chicken in skillet

Recipe Video

To see us make this delicious copycat chicken recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post.

Serving Suggestions

For a perfect mimic of the original Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira, serve yours over mashed potatoes.

Some great side dish choices include this moist and flavorful chicken rice or our favorite roasted broccoli.

chicken madeira recipe in a skillet

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Large Skillet - The sauce is the key to this recipe. To help the liquid cook evenly, a wide skillet works best.
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Meat Tenderizer - If you don’t have one handy, a rolling pin or cast iron skillet will work just as well. 

cheesecake factory chicken madeira with asparagus in skillet

Chicken Madeira FAQ

What can I use instead of madeira wine?

You can substitute with another fortified wine. Marsala is your best alternative, but you could also go with Sherry.

How long can I store leftover chicken in the fridge?

Leftovers will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.

What’s the difference between the Madeira and Marsala versions of this recipe?

The difference lies in broth and the wine used. In this dish, you use beef broth and Madeira wine.

The marsala version of the dish is usually made with chicken stock and with Marsala wine. These wines can usually be switched out pretty easily in recipes.

Just pay attention to if you should be using a sweet or dry wine! In this Chicken Madeira recipe, for example, you want to use a sweet wine.

chicken madeira recipe on a plate


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Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Chicken Madeira

Chicken Madeira

This Chicken Madeira recipe rich and delicious, and tastes just like the Cheesecake Factory™ original. Indulge with this simple yet decadent dish!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 55 Min


  • 2 large chicken breasts (approx 1 pound) halved and pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Madeira wine
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and place them in the hot pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan, you may need to cook in batches. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Add the remaining butter to the pan along with the sliced mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender and cooked through, approximately 15 minutes. Set aside with chicken.
  3. Add the Madeira wine and beef broth to the same pan, turning up the heat and bringing the mixture to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, and then reduce to a simmer. Keep cooking until the mixture is reduced by half and the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Approximately 10 minutes.
  4. While the sauce cooks steam your asparagus until it is crisp-tender.
  5. Add the chicken and mushrooms back to the sauce. Top with the steamed asparagus and sliced mozzarella cheese. Place a lid on the pan and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Chicken Madeira closeup

Originally published April 2020, updated and republished January 2022


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  1. Can you use any white wine?

  2. I’ve made this 3 times and love it but my sauce (beef stock& Madeira wine) doesn’t thicken even after simmering for 20 min. Am I missing something?

    1. I found a different recipe that called for heavy cream to thicken the sauce.

  3. I haven't made this yet, but maybe just a little cornstarch would help thicken the sauce up.

  4. What is your personal favorite Madeira wine to use in this dish?


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