Ask and you shall receive!

You’ve probably heard me ranting and raving about how I’m obsessed with mushrooms now.

People! This is huge. This is a vegetable. A vegetable that I like. A vegetable that I not only like, but that I really, really love. If this can happen with mushrooms, maybe it can happen with something ugly and green like broccoli?

I won’t hold my breath.

This is the dinner that I made on Sunday night after asking for your suggestions. It was so delicious that I made it again Monday for lunch and dinner. With most recipes I burn out quickly – loving them so much, making them too often, and getting sick of them within a week.

But this is different. I’m still craving this meal. I’m craving the mushrooms on the bread. The warm, toasty, buttery and mouth-watering bread. Mushrooms. Wine. Butter.


Talk about comfort food.

I can’t even think about anything else. Mushrooms and butter and wine and bread on the brain, 24/7. Can you tell?

All I gotta say is that you must try this soon. And if you don’t eat chicken, make the mushrooms, grill the bread, devour the meal. You should probably add extra butter and wine too.


Caramelized Chicken with Mushroom Sauce and Grilled Herb Bread

serves 2

4 thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons butter

1/4 onion, chopped

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1/3 cup white wine

bread of your choice (I used whole grain talonica bread)

salt and pepper

for bread: 1/4-1/2 cup butter, softened + herbs of your choice (I used parsley, basil and thyme – a good sprinkling of each)

Season the chicken breasts (make sure they are very thin or slice them thin!) liberally with salt and pepper. Add the flour in a bowl and dredge the chicken in the flour – you want a very thin and light coating on the chicken. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the chicken to the skillet and brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes per side. While the chicken is browning, chop the onion and get out your mushrooms. Slice your bread as desired. Combine 1/4 cup of butter and herbs of your choice (you really can’t go wrong here! I’ve used dried and fresh, just add a sprinkling to the butter.) and mix. Spread on one side of bread. At this point you can either use a grill pan and grill the bread buttered-side down first, or heat your broiler and set the bread underneath for 30-90 seconds.

Once chicken is done cooking (after about 7-8 minutes total), set it aside on a plate. Turn heat down to medium and add 1 tablespoon butter and onion. Saute for 1 minute. Add the remaining butter (2 tablespoons) and mushrooms. Stir and saute for 6-8 minutes, until mushrooms are soft. Add in wine to deglaze the pan and stir well to remove brown bits from bottom of the pan. Add chicken back in with the mushrooms.

Serve hot with bread for dipping. I made a lot of bread and refrigerated it – it was still great the next day! You can also do this with thicker chicken breasts, your total recipe time will just take a bit longer.


I think you have dinner tonight!

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185 Responses to “Caramelized Chicken with Mushroom Sauce and Grilled Herb Bread.”

  1. #
    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun — March 2, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    YES!! I was hoping you’d post this recipe today. I just bought a huge loaf of fresh bread and really want to use it. Thanks! :-D


  2. #
    Gen — March 2, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Mushrooms are my fav!!!!! This looks yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe.


  3. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — March 2, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Yum – now this is a recipe I love. I cannot get enough of cooked mushrooms. They’re the best!


  4. #
    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — March 2, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    I am suddenly craving mushrooms…I wonder why?


  5. #
    Julie — March 2, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    This is definitely going on the list of recipes to make this week for the Challenge!


  6. #
    Blog is the New Black — March 2, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    Wow, this does look amazing! Did eat all those mushrooms on your plate? Life-changing for you!


  7. #
    Chef Jim De'Akar — March 2, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    this looks like an amazing Dish will try it out tonite the recipe looks good and is well written thank you for posting it :)


  8. #
    Dishes of Mrs. Fish — March 2, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    I really wish I liked mushrooms. Maybe with enough butter and wine like above I would. :)


  9. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — March 2, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    This looks delicious!! And I love mushrooms, so this is perfect :)


  10. #
    Hannah — March 2, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I think the magic of mushrooms is how insanely much butter they can soak up and still be classified as healthy. ‘Tis brilliant ;)


  11. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — March 2, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    This looks so delicious – and that’s coming from a non-mushroom lover! :) But maybe this will be the dish that converts me…?


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      You must try it!


  12. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 2, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    No wonder you are still craving that! I could go for just the mushrooms and bread!


  13. #
    Cara — March 2, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Love mushrooms on crusty bread! I am sure the chicken is a wonderful addition as well!


  14. #
    Anne Marie — March 2, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    I love love LOVE mushrooms. It’s a good way to get started on veggies–they are mild enough that they don’t punch you in the face as a vegetable :)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      My thoughts exactly.


      • Baking 'n' Books — March 8th, 2011 @ 1:51 am

        I think the “meatiness” of mushrooms makes it so much more “likeable”.

        And it’s not green :)

        THIS looks amazing! Is there chicken there though?? Can’t tell!

        …heck, I just want what reminds of garlic bread, who are we kidding?

        • Jessica — March 8th, 2011 @ 2:19 am

          Yes, the chicken is under the mushrooms!

  15. #
    Fatburger — March 2, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Mushrooms are not a vegetable. They are not even a plan, but a fungi. Not that it maters, but there is a difference.


    • Lini — March 5th, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      Botanically speaking, you are correct. However, I believe that, in terms of nutrition, mushrooms are classified as “vegetables”


  16. #
    Imwaytoobusy — March 2, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Wow, your photos look amazing. Your dinners have been serious over there lately! This looks fabulous. I need to get my hands on some of that bread ;)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      Thank you!


  17. #
    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — March 2, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Wow! I may turn from a mushroom hater to a mushroom lover after seeing these pictures!


  18. #
    Katrina — March 2, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    I love the herb bread in this. I could eat buttered bread for every meal.


  19. #
    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — March 2, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Mushrooms are great. I especially like condensed Cream of Mushroom soup. That is tasty with crusty bread, and it also makes a really good pasta sauce requiring no effort!


  20. #
    Heather — March 2, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    i adore mushrooms. when nate and i met he SWORE that he hated (HATED!!!) them, but once he actually tried them he fell in love. now we have mushrooms all the time!


  21. #
    eliz@the sweet life — March 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Funny–I can smell that meal cooking! Yum.


  22. #
    Newyorkerbyheart — March 2, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I’ll make this next week – can’t wait :-)

    My best,
    Birthe from Denmark


  23. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 2, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    Mr How Sweet better be careful….. sounds like you and this new ‘mushrooms’ guy have a love that runs pretty deep! This looks delicious :)


  24. #
    Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes — March 2, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!! Mushrooms and wine are a match made in heaven when it comes to sauces. I used to be a mushroom hater (what was I THINKing??), but meals like this one made me change my mind!


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

      I used to be one too!


  25. #
    Hope — March 2, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    This looks amazing! I love chicken with mushrooms! It almost looks like chicken marsala! I definitely need to make this asap! :)


  26. #
    Tracey — March 2, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    I can’t wait to try this one! I’m completely obsessed with mushrooms too, especially when butter and wine are involved :)


  27. #
    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — March 2, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    I fall head over heels in love with anything that has mushrooms :) This looks delicious!


  28. #
    shannon — March 2, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    I love mushrooms, and with butter, wine, and bread added you can’t go wrong! :) Might I suggest this recipe, which my husband and I tried and loved when we had a tapas night a few months ago:


  29. #
    shannon — March 2, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    I love chicken and mushrooms together. I seriously want to eat EVERYTHING that you make.


  30. #
    Jenny — March 2, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    This looks awesome! I have a similar recipe that uses chicken stock instead of wine. At the end of cooking, you mix in plain yogurt to make a creamy, tangy sauce. Wow, is it good! And I’ve been obsessed with mushrooms lately, too. And bacon, which I blame on you. But that’s okay. I still think you’re swell and I’m glad I found your blog! :)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

      The yogurt sound delicious!


  31. #
    DessertForTwo — March 2, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    You know, mushrooms are pretty healthy. Like reallly good for you. I think they count as a vegetable for you!! :)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm



  32. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — March 2, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    I have to have those mushrooms! Wow that looks amazing!


  33. #
    kate@ahealthypassion — March 2, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    those mushrooms look amazing, im totally craving some now and its not even 10am


  34. #
    Ashley — March 2, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Those shrooms are k.i.l.l.i.n.g. me!!!!! They look perfecto! I have a vanilla cherry buckwheat bake in the oven, spiked with a drizzle of almond extract! :)


  35. #
    Karen — March 2, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    Yum! Chicken and mushroom are my favorites and bread is my weakness. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!


  36. #
    Briana — March 2, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    I have been on a mushroom craze since Christmas! You MUST try this recipe from smitten kitchen, I have literally made it once a week since trying it! It will go perfectly with your bread to sop up all the yummy roasting juices!

    Love your recipe and look forward to making it this weekend! Thanks for sharing!


  37. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — March 2, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    This looks delicious! I need Delallo’s bread ASAP! :-)


  38. #
    Jenny — March 2, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    This looks delicious! Definitely a must-try!


  39. #
    Ann — March 2, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    I have to admit that mushrooms aren’t my favorite. I like portabellas, but something about small slimy mushrooms just turns me off. Maybe I had some bad experiences. I say this because those pictures make me want to give them another try! Maybe I need to start by sauteeing them in liberal amounts of butter…


  40. #
    Kim in MD — March 2, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    I have been waiting for you to post this recipe, Jessica! I am on my way to the store to pick up the ingredients to make this tonight…YUM! Thanks for sharing! :-)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

      Let me know how it turns out!


  41. #
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — March 2, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    White wine is really a miracle ingredient! It makes everything wonderful. Your dinner looks unbelievable!


  42. #
    EatLiveRun — March 2, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Indeed! This looks out of control delicious. I can almost (but not quite, sadly) taste that hot chewy bread!


  43. #
    Elle — March 2, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    Yeah, I’d eat this right now, at 10:52 AM. Hell, I’d have eaten it at 8AM!


  44. #
    Jacqueline — March 2, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    This looks great! It reminds me of a dish I make by Paula Deen called Chicken Georgia…it’s really close to this but you top the chicken and mushrooms with mozzarella cheese…my husband loves it!


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

      Cheese is the only thing that could make this better!


  45. #
    Barb Brown — March 2, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    That looks amazing! I am a total mushroom connoisseur. So do you just pound out a single chicken breast really thin, or do you cut one in half lengthwise?


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

      I actually can buy very thinly sliced chicken breasts – but if you can’t do that, I would pound or slice one. Either way works!


  46. #
    Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine — March 2, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I just tried my first portabella mushroom burger and since then I’ve been OBSESSED with mushrooms! They are sooo delicious and healthy!

    I just showed all of my friends your blog… we love you!!


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

      Thank you! You guys are awesome.


  47. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 2, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    Mushrooms are the best, especially when paired with wine and butter!! Great recipe. It is seriously making my mouth water just looking at the pictures!


  48. #
    Terry — March 2, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    Have made a recipe like this for years; also good substituting the juice from 1/2 of a lemon or orange for the wine (did this when the kids were little!)


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

      That sounds delicious!


  49. #
    thehealthyapron — March 2, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    mmmmmmmm this looks incredible. I could just eat the mushroom sauce and the bread (of course).

    Tried your cherry pancakes last night! Super good! I had no real vanilla bean soI think they were missing a little something but I couldn’t believe how nice and fluffy they get!! DEfinitely keeping this recipe!


    • Jessica — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

      So glad you liked them! ;)


  50. #
    mitzi — March 2, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    i looove mushrooms. mushrooms on grilled bread sound super good!


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