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Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Cream Sauce

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.

Servings

2 servings

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Tips

It can be 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 chicken tender—removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 2 servings)

Calories 274kcal
Carbohydrate Total 5g
Total Sugars 1g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 1g
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 5g
Mono Saturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 83mg
Sodium 425mg
Protein 25g
Potassium 402mg
Calcium 33mg
Chromium 1mcg
Folate 18mcg
Omega-3 1g
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 1mg
Vitamin B3 12mg