Monday, January 25, 2010

Mushroom Chicken


This is one of my quick meals that I saute together in about 30 minutes. It works best to cut up your veggies before you begin to brown your chicken breasts. Start a pot of water to boil some spaghetti noodles the same time you begin your chicken. Even though it has a bit of heavy cream, I think it is still a healthy choice especially if you use whole wheat noodles like we do. The sauce is just enough to coat and flavour the noodles. Use a large pan but if possible it should not be non stick. The meat browns better without one.

Mushroom Chicken
  • 4 - 6 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large onion .. diced
  • 1 bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach. . washed and left to drain
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (or 1 head of roasted garlic . ..which we actually prefer)
  • 1 can or small carton chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • a splash of white wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil or 2 tablespoons freeze dried basil
  • 1/2 cup parmigiana cheese
  1. Heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. .. and add the oil.
  2. Pat dry the chicken breasts, season them with salt and pepper and add them to the pan. Don't crowd the pan or the chicken will not brown . .they'll just poach. Look at my pan . .don't add more than that.
  3. When the chicken begins to release from the pan ..it is ready to flip. Cook an additional 5 minutes or until the other side is browned and then remove and put in a 325 oven to keep warm and to finish the cooking.
  4. Add 1 more tablespoon of oil if necessary and then add the onion and mushrooms and garlic. Scrape up the bits of brown and saute until the mushrooms have released their liquid and they are beginning to brown.  This part is important not to rush.  The mushrooms are best when soft. 
  5. Add the bell pepper and  and continue to saute until the pepper has just wilted.
  6. Add the heavy cream and the wine and the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add the chicken back into the pan and add the basil and simmer a few minutes.
  8. Add the spinach and the parmigiana cheese.
  9. As soon as the spinach wilts serve over hot noodles. . .we prefer spaghetti.

12 comments:

  1. I love new ideas for Chicken......thanks for the yummy recipe.

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  2. Sounds yummy! Best be putting chicken breasts on my grocery list! TFS

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  3. It really looks good and healthy Lovella!

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  4. I don't buy heavy cream because it is too expensive, but this recipe sounds wonderful. Is there something I can substitute instead? I have 2% milk and a can of condensed cream of chicken soup; do you think that would make a good sauce? I plan to try this one tomorrow night!

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  5. Looks yummy, sounds flavorful, and I agree is quite a healthy dish. Kathy

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  6. Jeanne that would totally make a yummy sauce. Evaporated milk also works well as a heavy cream substitute.

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  7. Oh I can't than you enough. I have a roasting chicken I've been avoiding because it's so MUCH. It's lurking in the freezer.

    I will do this, and also an Aniseseed Chicken recipe cued at the bottom of this one.

    Hmm. Maybe, with brown rice for me rather than pasta. I do love pasta. That's the problem. ;)

    anon1

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  8. Anon 1 - the aniseed chicken is a must try. Use the legs and wings for that with the skin on. Use the white meat for this dish... which I wish I could just take out of the screen! It must be dinner time. Gotta go and do something with that fish.

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  9. Thank you Lovella! I made this for dinner tonight and it was just so yummy and tasty. I had everything on hand but no spinach so made it without this time and still fabulous! I do love spinach and will add it next time - healthy recipe indeed!

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  10. Lovella....great recipe. I could just tell from all the beautiful colours in the picture that it was full of tasty treats and then when I read the ingredient list I realized it was so.! I think my two most common fridge items are cream, fresh basil and asiago or parmesan cheese. The whole world can turn upside down with those items! Grin!

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  11. How colorful!! I'm always looking for new ways to fix chicken. Love all the veggies and pasta. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Okay, the boys are getting a treat tonight and I'm making it. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the substitution tip.

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