Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce

Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce on plate

This recipe originally was inspired by a Better Homes & Garden recipe called “Chicken with Mushroom-Peppercorn Sauce” in the book Quick, Heathly and Delicious Cooking.  Over the years, I’ve played with this recipe enough to make it quite my own.  I haven’t made this dish in quite a while – long enough for my husband to forget what this tasted like.  After making it tonight, he confirmed it is a winner … so maybe I’ll have to do more cooking now 🙂

Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce on plate

I’ve found the recipe to be very forgiving.  You can add other vegetables – like tonight I added yellow summer squash (a.k.a. yellow zucchini) and the green onion tops.  If you use vegetables like this, I would recommend adding towards the very end of cooking as they don’t need much and you don’t want them to get soggy.  You throw in some additional spices too – like basil or tarragon.  Feel free to experiment!

Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce

1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup 2% or whole milk
1/4 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, uncooked
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
chopped green onions, optional
2 cups hot cooked pasta – any variety

Mix together the broth, milk, pepper, flour, sherry, mustard, garlic powder and any other spices you prefer.  Set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a deep frying pan over medium heat.

Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.  Cook the chicken, onions and mushrooms together until they they start to brown and form bits of crust on the bottom of the pan; stir occasionally.  If your pan is small you may need to do this in stages, cooking the chicken first and then the onions and mushrooms.

pan-frying chicken and vegetables

 Just before finished cooking, add any other quick-cooking vegetables to the pan such as yellow zucchini or scallions (green onions).  Can you see the crispy bits in the bottom of the pan?

chicken with all the vegetables

Remove chicken and vegetable mixture from heat and set aside in a separate dish.

In the same frying pan, add the broth mixture.  Stir over low heat.  In the picture below I only poured part of the mixture so you can see how the sauce will soften those nice caramelized bits in the pan and add color and flavor to the sauce.

making the sauce

Cook until the broth begins to thicken.  At this point if you wanted to make the sauce a bit creamier, add 1/4 cup of sour cream.  Stir until the sour cream is incorporated into the sauce.
Add the chicken and vegetables back into the pan.  Cook for just a minute or two to bring the chicken and vegetables back to a hot temperature.

Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce finished

Sprinkle with more green onions if desired.  Serve with cooked pasta.

Chicken with Mushroom-Onion Sauce 6 plated

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