Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream

This recipe is an adaptation of a Julia Child recipe.  French cooking at its best.   Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Julia Child Copy cat recipe - chicken with white wine and mushroomsI have lightened up the recipe slightly,  (less butter and cream) but the taste did not suffer.  I love Julia Child as much as the next person, but she can be a bit like Paula Deen when it comes to butter and cream!

Gather your ingredients. You will need boneless chicken breasts, dry white wine (I used a dry Muscadine), butter, cream, chicken broth, lemon, mushrooms and spring onions. (I still have a few left in my garden so they were freshness at it’s best!)

Gather your ingredientsThe dish is  creamy, luxurious and satisfying and the way that the chicken breasts are prepared produces incredibly tender and moist chicken.   Serve it with asparagus or another delicate vegetable and you will have guests raving for more. 

Julia Child knock off recipe - Chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauceWe had it with Middle Eastern Couscous tonight and they paired very well together.

Yield: 4

Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream

Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Cream

Tender, boneless chicken breasts get a topping of mushrooms and cream sauce in this delicious dish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • pinch cracked black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 minced green onion
  • 1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, diced or sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry Muscadine wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rub the chicken breasts with lemon juice and season lightly with salt and pepper. Put 2 tbsp of the butter in a heavy, oven-proof baking dish until it has melted. Place the chicken in the butter mixture, cover the baking dish, and place in the hot oven. Julia Child says to cook for about 6-8 minutes but I found that I had to give it much longer...closer to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken.
  3. Towards the end of the cooking time, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the lemon zest, and minced green onions and saute a moment but don't let it brown. Add the mushrooms, spray them with Pam butter spray, and saute lightly for a minute or two until they are softened.
  4. Pour the chicken stock and wine in the casserole with the butter and mushrooms. Boil until it has reduced to a syrup like texture. Stir in the heavy cream and boil down again over high heat until the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste for seasoning, and add drops of lemon juice and extra salt and pepper if needed. Pour the mushroom sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 146mg Sodium: 368mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 37g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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