Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms in Madeira Wine Sauce

If you love the Cheesecake Factory’s Da Vinci Pasta, then you’re going to really love this one.

Serves: 8


  • 1 large red onion; chopped
  • 1 lb. Morel or Shiitake mushrooms; slices (more or less, your preference)
  • 2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup Madeira wine; (can use Marsala) 
  • 1-2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • 2 cloves garlic; crushed 
  • ground pepper
  • salt
  • 2-4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts; chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 lb. penne pasta; cooked and drained according to directions

  1. Cook the penne pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, caramelize the onion in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle the onion with a little salt, and cook the onions until they are a nice brown color and taste sweet. The onions will have a “gooey” texture and excess liquid will be evaporated.
  3. Add the chicken, mushrooms and garlic to the onions. Add a little more oil if necessary. Saute until chicken is cooked through and the mushrooms are soft. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Add wine to the skillet. Bring to a slow boil and reduce by 2/3 until the alcohol smell has cooked out.
  5. Lower heat and once the mixture is no longer boiling, add the sour cream and heavy cream. Stir constantly until melted. Swirl in the butter. Add cooked chicken mixture and stir.
  6. Toss with the cooked and drained pasta. Good served with coarsely grated parmesan cheese.



    1. Hi there! I’ve had this dish a handful of times at the Cheesecake Factory and have never once been disappointed. This recipe definitely pulls a pretty close second to that dish and is relatively easy to make as well. If you end up giving it a try, I hope that you’ll love it as much as I do! Let me know what you think of it if and when you do (I love feedback!). Thank you so much for reading and happy Sunday! Best wishes!


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