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This Mushroom Chicken recipe is made with chicken breasts and a creamy garlic mushroom sauce. The whole dish comes together in one skillet and in under 20 minutes, too!
Boy oh boy do I love one skillet meals, and this Mushroom Chicken is exactly that.
Any meal that requires minimal dishes is a meal I automatically add to my regular recipe rotation. Some of my favorites are my beef enchilada skillet, my cheesy cauliflower rice and my lentil ragu, and now this creamy mushroom chicken as well.
It's made with tender chicken breasts to keep it light, and the sauce is a combination of mushrooms, chicken broth and half and half, so it's extra creamy but not too heavy and packed with flavor.
- The entire dish is made in one skillet and ready in under 20 minutes!
- Incredibly flavorful, a good source of protein and a good way to use up mushrooms.
- A quick weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
Chicken - I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but boneless chicken thighs work as well! You may just need to adjust the cook time slightly.
Olive oil - A combination of olive oil and butter is the way to go! Of course you can just use one or the other, but I like a little of both.
Mushrooms - I typically opt for baby bella, also known as cremini mushrooms, but white mushrooms would be a good option too.
Broth - Chicken broth is best since this is a chicken recipe.
Garlic - Opt for fresh garlic cloves over garlic powder.
Thyme - I used fresh thyme, but if you prefer using dried thyme, reduce the amount by half and then increase as needed.
Half and half - Or sub heavy cream.
Cornstarch - Or sub arrowroot or even all purpose flour; a thickening agent is necessary.
Step 1: Cook the chicken. Start by heating one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the chicken smooth side down and pan-sear it for approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set it aside.
Step 2: Cook the mushrooms. Add the remaining oil and one tablespoon of butter to thee skillet. Once the butter has melted, add the mushrooms and one tablespoon of chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Sauté until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Then, add the remaining butter, garlic and thyme and sauté for 1 minute.
Step 3: Make the sauce. While the mushrooms are cooking, whisk the chicken broth, half and half and cornstarch together in a small bowl; set aside.
Step 4: Combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low, then pour the sauce into the skillet. Bring the sauce to a low simmer, then add the chicken back in and simmer until the sauce thickens and reduces a bit, 3-5 minutes. Garnish chicken with extra thyme (optional), salt and pepper and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
- Adding a splash of white wine, such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc, to deglaze the pan instead of using chicken broth is an option if you have some on hand.
- I don't recommend using canned mushrooms; simply put, the flavor won't be the same.
- Besides fresh thyme, salt and pepper, feel free to garnish the whole dish with a little parmesan cheese as well.
- If you want to bulk this up, you could add veggies such spinach or kale into the sauce. Simply stir until they're wilted.
- Make sure to use a meat thermometer to check if the chicken is done; chicken is cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Keep in mind, the chicken will continue to cook a bit as it rests, so remove it from the heat when it reaches 160°F and allow it to sit for a few minutes before serving.
Why isn't the sauce thickening?
If the sauce isn't thickening, you may need to turn the heat on the stove back up to medium, or even to medium-high heat, and that should do the trick.
What should I serve with this chicken?
This chicken pairs well with rice, potatoes, pasta, and of course roasted vegetables. Some examples include:
Refrigerator: Keep chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: Wait for chicken to cool, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating: To reheat, transfer everything to a deep skillet and heat over medium until warmed through. That way, the sauce stays the correct consistency.
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Creamy Mushroom Chicken
- If you haven't already, slice the chicken breasts in half to create 4 thinner breasts, then season them with salt and pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then pan-sear the chicken for about 4 minutes per side; remove the chicken.
- To that same skillet, add the remaining oil, along with 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Once the butter melts, add the mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add 1-2 tablespoons of chicken broth and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft.
- Next, add the remaining tablespoon of butter, along with the garlic and thyme and sauté for 1 minute. Meanwhile, whisk the chicken broth, half and half and cornstarch together in a small bowl or glass measuring cup.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, then pour the chicken broth mixture into the skillet and bring the sauce to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the skillet, nestling it amongst the mushrooms. Continue simmering until the sauce thickens and reduces slightly, 3-5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh thyme, salt and pepper and enjoy!