Juicy chicken and mushrooms in a madeira cream sauce under melty cheese and asparagus… all you need is mashed potatoes to go with it. This creamy Chicken Madeira is  one of the most popular menu item at the Cheesecake Factory. It is popular for good reason! We love recreating our favorite restaurant copycat recipes like this one from Olive Garden!

Chicken Madeira with juicy chicken and mushrooms in a creamy sauce with melty cheese as a one pan chicken - one of our Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes!

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The madeira cream sauce has incredible flavor. You will want to dip your bread into the pan before the night is over and get every last drop of it. This Chicken Madeira recipe tastes fancy and will impress your family, dinner guests or your special someone for a date night in! This is one of our favorite copycat recipes.

Everyone in our family loved this Chicken Madeira, even the baby! My Mom was particularly impressed (she was trained as a chef so naturally when Mom is impressed, I’m beaming!).

This made for a lovely and fancy dinner and there was nothing overly difficult about it. Now you can also enjoy homemade Chicken Madeira for a fraction of the price!

Watch How to Make Chicken Madeira Recipe:


We went to the Cheesecake Factory on our Anniversary for my husbands’ first (and my second) time ever and ordered their world famous Chicken Madeira. It was love at first bite and we just knew we had to recreate this dish at home.

We made a copycat Chicken Madeira, except I love the homemade version even better! And, when you make it at home, you can feed a family of 4 for the cost of 1 serving at the restaurant. This is why we love copycat recipes so much!

Chicken Madeira copycat recipe in skillet with juicy chicken and bright asparagus in a madeira cream sauce and covered with cheese

Ingredients for Easy Chicken Madeira Recipe:

These simple ingredients work together to make a memorable one-pan dinner. If the wine section of your grocery store does not have Madeira, check at the liquor and wine store – I purchased this bottle for $6. If you aren’t able to find Madeira wine, you can substitute with Marsala wine which is also a sweet wine although it will taste more like chicken marsala ;).

Ingredients for how to make chicken madeira and substitute for madeira wine

How to Make Copycat Chicken Madeira:

1. To blanch asparagus: Remove fibrous stems from asparagus by snapping them off (watch video above). To blanch asparagus, fill a medium pot with 6 cups water, bring to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Add asparagus and boil uncovered until crisp tender and bright green (2-3 minutes then remove immediately from hot water and set aside).

Two photos one of someone holding asparagus and one with asparagus in a pot with water

2. Place a large heavy (oven-safe) pan over medium/high heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. Add thickly sliced mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until soft. Stir in diced onion and cook 3 minutes. Add minced garlic cloves then season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper and 2 Tbsp fresh parsley. Cook another 2 minutes then remove mixture to a plate and wipe skillet clean with wet paper towel.

A pan filled with food, with Chicken and Cheesecake

3. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise and pound each cutlet between plastic wrap until no more than 1/4″ thick. Season chicken breasts all over with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place same pan over medium/high heat and add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. When butter is finished foaming, add chicken breasts and saute 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan to the same plate as mushrooms.

A plastic bag full of food, with Chicken

A pan of food on a table, with Chicken and Sauce

4. In the same pan, add 1 1/2 cups Madeira and boil until reduced by half (5 minutes of vigorous boiling), scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Add 1 1/2 cups beef broth and boil until 2/3 cup liquid remains or about 1/4 of it’s original volume (10 min). Reduce heat to medium, add 1/2 cup cream and simmer until sauce thickens (2 min). Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste and turn off heat.

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5. Return chicken to the pan, turning it to coat in the sauce. Top with mushrooms, asparagus and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over the top. Broil 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh parsley.

Cheesecake factory recipe for chicken madeira a one pan chicken dinner

Are you hungry yet? This dish always gets rave reviews at the dinner table and it’s so good paired with Mashed Potatoes. I hope it becomes a new favorite for your family.

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Chicken Madeira Recipe (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Juicy chicken and mushrooms in creamy sauce under melty cheese... This creamy Chicken Madeira is a copycat recipe of the most popular dish at the Cheesecake Factory.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 as a main course
  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts (2 large)
  • 1 lb asparagus, blanched*
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt, divided, and black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, divided
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 16 oz button mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus to garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups Madeira Wine, sweet white wine*
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup Whipping Cream, heavy or regular
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • To blanch asparagus: Remove fibrous stems from asparagus by snapping them off. Fill a medium pot with 6 cups water, bring to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Add asparagus and boil uncovered until crisp tender and bright green (2-3 minutes then remove from hot water and set aside).
  • Place a large heavy (oven-safe) pan over medium/high heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. Add sliced mushrooms and cook 5 min until soft. Stir in diced onion and cook 3 min. Add minced garlic cloves then season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper and 2 Tbsp parsley. Cook another 2 min then remove mixture to a plate and wipe skillet clean with wet paper towel.
  • Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise and pound each cutlet between plastic wrap until no more than 1/4" thick. Season chicken all over with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place same pan over medium/high heat and add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. When butter is finished foaming, add chicken breasts and sauté 3 to 4 min per side or until golden and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan to the same plate with mushrooms.
  • In the same pan, add 1 1/2 cups Madeira and boil until reduced by half (5 minutes vigorous boiling), scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Add 1 1/2 cups beef broth and boil until 2/3 cup liquid remains or about 1/4 of it's original volume (10 min). Reduce heat to medium, add 1/2 cup cream and simmer until sauce thickens (2 min). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Return chicken to the pan, turning it to coat in the sauce. Top with mushrooms, asparagus and sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over the top. Broil 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

*Found at the liquor and wine store - not carried in most grocery stores. $6 bottle.

Nutrition Per Serving

582kcal Calories15g Carbs39g Protein34g Fat154mg Cholesterol934mg Sodium1349mg Potassium3g Fiber6g Sugar1890IU Vitamin A15.1mg Vitamin C299mg Calcium3.9mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Madeira Recipe (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)
Amount per Serving
Calories
582
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
34
g
52
%
Cholesterol
 
154
mg
51
%
Sodium
 
934
mg
41
%
Potassium
 
1349
mg
39
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
39
g
78
%
Vitamin A
 
1890
IU
38
%
Vitamin C
 
15.1
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
299
mg
30
%
Iron
 
3.9
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Madeira
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 582

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This chicken madeira recipe is easy and so good – just the way it should be. And, it’s so smart to dine in, especially if you are feeding a crowd!

Cheesy one pan Chicken Madeira one of our Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes

My husband and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary with this dish. 14 years feels just few by and we now have an 8 year old and 2 year old. WOAH!! I am so thankful that we are best friends after all these years and that we not only love, but really like each other – and we work side by side day after day. The longer I am married to my husband, the more I just want to be around him and with him. Our date nights are few and far between but they are a treat!

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Q: What is your favorite celebration dish and restaurant? I’d love to hear about it in a comment below!

P.S. If you love one-pan chicken recipes, make sure to check out this reader favorite (EASY) pesto chicken!

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  • Anna Marie Behrens
    February 14, 2024

    Natasha thank you so much for your recipes. So far I’ve only made four, and each one is a do over for sure. The Chicken Madeira was sooo amazing. I made it tonight exactly as you do with mashed potatoes and my husband was delighted and impressed. Loved it!! Making it next week for a friend and her family. Thanks again!❤️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 14, 2024

      You’re very welcome, Anna Marie!

      Reply

  • Amara
    February 10, 2024

    Excellent recipe. I love the addition of cream in the sauce as opposed to other chicken Madeira recipes. Can baby Bella mushrooms be used? Btw please put your hair in a ponytail or something when you cook. Every chef knows a hair in the dish grosses everyone out.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 10, 2024

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Amara! Yes, you can definitely use bella mushrooms in this recipe.

      Reply

  • Mariya
    January 31, 2024

    Is there a different kind of wine I am able to use in this recipe? I can’t find this wine at my local wine or liquor store.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2024

      If you aren’t able to find Madeira wine, you can substitute with Marsala wine which is also a sweet wine although it will taste more like chicken marsala

      Reply

  • Karen. Feddersen
    January 29, 2024

    Can chicken Madeira be cooked and kept warm. Would like to make ahead of company company and keep it warm to serve.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2024

      Hi Karen, to make the entire dish ahead, let it cool to room temp then refrigerate. Before serving, complete that last step of putting it in the oven until hot and the cheese is melted over the top. You might need a few extra minutes in the oven since it is going in chilled from refrigeration. I suggest checking the chicken temperature with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it reaches the correct internal temperature of 165˚F.

      Reply

  • Gary Clark
    January 24, 2024

    Great recipe. The next time I will use green beans instead of asparagus spears.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 24, 2024

      Hi Gary! I’m glad you loved it. The addition of green beans sounds delish!

      Reply

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