Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

87 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2008

The secret to a good cream sauce is always the same: not too much cream or it can be overpowering, masking the more delicate flavors. Here it contains a bountiful amount of mushrooms and is served over chicken breasts.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and tenders removed (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 2 tablespoons dry vermouth, or dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens


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  1. Season chicken with pepper and salt on both sides.
  2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice and adjusting the heat to prevent burning, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 °F, 12 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
  3. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Pour in vermouth (or wine); simmer until almost evaporated, scraping up any browned bits, about 1 minute. Pour in broth and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream and chives (or scallions); return to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, turn to coat with sauce and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  • It's difficult to find an individual chicken breast small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast—the “tender”—removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. chicken & 1/4 cup sauce
  • Per serving: 274 calories; 15 g fat(5 g sat); 1 g fiber; 5 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 83 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 548 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 33 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 425 mg sodium; 403 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 87

April 13, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
One of our favorite recipes! Not sure why this is not a 5 star recipe if you are making it correctly! It is now in our regular rotation. Healthy, easy to make, and my husband loves it. One tip-sometimes I find that the chicken takes a while to cook in the skillet and gets done on the outside before the middle. To remedy this, I pound it a little thinner before cooking. Still turns out tender and juicy! Pros: Flavorful, easy to make, consistent, low calorie
September 23, 2015
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By: Mike Schoenbacher
Sunday Dinner comes to Wednesday Night! No complaints really. Making twice the sauce was the best idea as it accompanies whatever starch you might serve with- rice, pasta, couscous or crusty dinner bread. Also added garlic and used Tajin seasoning instead of salt as it added a needed (for us ) kick. Would be happy serving this to guests. Pros: Looks elegant, tastes terrific Cons: Needs adjustments
July 23, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! I cooked this tonight and my husband and I loved it. He want's me to add it as a permanent dish to the rotation. I added 2 cloves of garlic in with the shallot. Thanks for a great recipe! Pros: Easy to make and quick to prepare
May 22, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Frustrating Looks wonderful Pros: Sounds delicious Cons: I can't have dairy, so I get so frustrated that 99% of the recipes incude dairy.
February 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
My husband flipped for this chicken dish. I'm on WW and this was only 7 points for one chicken breast and sauce. Company worthy! And super simple to make on a work night.
January 13, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Perfect I am not a cook...far from it. But recently I've been trying recipes I've found online. This was the first one that I tried...and what a success! Not only was it fairly simple, I surprised my guest with how tasty this is (and how it looked like I knew what I was doing!). I am not much of a mushroom eater, but I definitely ate all! I doubled all the ingredients and ended up adding a little more cream and it was great. Thanks for posting! Pros: Everything Cons: Nothing
January 06, 2014
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By: jsimpson123
Delicious! So, I tried this tonight and my husband and I really enjoyed it and we agreed that this was definitely a keeper! I like sauces so I added cornstarch to it to thicken it up so that it wasn't so thin. I didn't have Shitake mushrooms, so I used Creminis instead and I used turkey cutlets because I didn't have chicken breasts. I didn't follow the recipe exactly, but I did use it as a base for what I ended up serving. Regardless, this was delicious and I would definitely make this again. Pros: Quick, simple, and not a lot of prep work! Cons: Sauce is thin
November 07, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
such a good sauce! this recipe is a very easy way to jazz up plain chicken breast. a tasty and nuanced sauce in 10 min. i substituted fresh sage for the chives, since that's what i had in my fridge, and it was delicious. also used sour cream instead of heavy (also bc that was in my fridge), and worked great. Pros: yummy sauce, easy
October 17, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
My Husband Loves This I made this for the first time about 6 months ago. It seems that since then I end up making it about once a month. My husband makes a specific request for this dish. I love it and he loves it, so what more could you ask for! The sauce is even so good that the last time I made it the chicken had gone bad, but I had already cut up everything to make it, so I just cooked up some pasta and made the sauce exactly as written for it. It came out awesome. So this recipe is definitely versatile. Pros: Easy, delicious, healthy, quick