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Chicken Madeira (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Chicken Madeira recipe is easy, scrumptious, and such a people-pleaser! It’s simple enough for busy weeknights, yet delicious enough for weekend guests. (Note: The Madeira wine’s alcohol content evaporates during the cooking/reducing process, so it’s a kid-friendly dish.)


  • For the Chicken:
  • 4 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 TB olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 8 oz fresh white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups madeira wine (almost a full bottle)
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 TB cornstarch dissolved in 2 TB of the beef broth
  • 1 TB salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pound: flatten chicken breasts to an even 1/4-inch thickness throughout. Lightly sprinkle both sides of each chicken breast with kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Cook: in a large skillet, heat 3 TB olive oil over medium heat until hot. Place chicken breasts in skillet, without overcrowding (if needed, cook them in two separate batches.) Cook 3-4 minutes per side, until nicely browned on both sides and no longer pink in center. Transfer cooked chicken to a baking pan and cover to keep warm.
  3. Sauce: in the same skillet (don’t wash out the skillet) add 2 TB olive oil over medium heat until oil is hot. Add mushrooms and stir 1-2 min. Add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir and bring sauce to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 20 minutes or until sauce is reduced by one-fourth of its original volume. Finished sauce will be dark brown and thickened. Transfer sauce to a container and keep warm.
  4. Broil: sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on top of chicken breasts on baking pan. Broil 3-4 minutes or just until cheese is golden and melted; watch carefully to prevent burning. 
  5. Serve: enjoy chicken immediately, generously drizzled with Madeira sauce. Extra sauce is delicious over mashed potatoes, angel hair pasta, or fluffy rice.
  • Category: dinner, main
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chicken Madeira, Madeira Sauce