Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Braised Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

I had a great weekend!! Friday night my hubby cooked for me, Saturday went to a friend's party and Sunday was a family day! What could be better??
I got to enjoy a perk to being a chef's wife this weekend when I took my dad into Casey's restaurant. He cooked us the most amazing, delicious 8 course dinner paired with wine for me and a special beer pairing for my dad! I am always amazed when I see him in his element and its a good reminder to me that the late nights and long hours are all worth it. Casey loves his job and he is so good at it! I am a proud wife, for sure :)

My weekend was so busy that it didn't leave much time for cooking, so tonight I got back on track and made something super yummy.
4 chicken breasts (chicken thighs would work too!)
1 onion, cut in half and then sliced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 cups (or so) mushrooms, sliced
2 cups brussel sprouts, cleaned and cut in half*
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom sauce (or 1 cup cream)
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil
Start by putting about 2 tablespoons into a deep pan (I love to use my Le Creuset dutch oven, super expensive but I love it!!) Turn heat to high. Season both sides of your chicken breast with salt and pepper and put in HOT pan. Cook about 2 minutes and then flip chicken over and cook other side for about 2 minutes. Remove chicken (It is not cooked at this point so NO tasting!) Add a little more olive oil if needed to pan and then add in onions and garlic, sauteing them until they are soft. Next add mushrooms and brussel sprouts cooking for about 3 more minutes. Next, de glaze your pan by adding your wine. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of your pan, this will loosen up any of the chicken bits and will be delicious in your sauce. Add the chicken broth and mushroom soup and stir well to combine. Taste your sauce and add salt & pepper if needed. Now, add your chicken back in smothering the chicken into the liquid. Turn heat to low and cook for about an hour. The sauce will reduce, making it rich and creamy. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and prepare to fall in love :)

**If you hate brussel sprouts you can omit them, BUT I think you should give them another try.


  1. Did your kids like it? and did you serve it with anything else or is it a meal by itself?

  2. 2 out of 3 kids LOVED it! The other ate it after some bribing ;) I served it with mashed potatoes. It is a meal that way. Chicken, veggies and potatoes done right!