Creamy Mushroom Chicken Recipe

By Rena |

A Creamy Mushroom Chicken recipe with tender and juicy chicken smothered in a delicious creamy garlic sauce. This is a quick and easy creamy chicken skillet recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights and ready in just 30 minutes.

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Tender and juicy pan-fried chicken breasts made in a creamy garlic mushroom sauce that’s simple, easy to make, and ready to serve on your dinner table in just 30 minutes. This creamy chicken and mushroom recipe can be served with a side of potatoes, pasta or zucchini noodles, roasted veggies, rice or quinoa, or for a low carb option serve it with cauliflower rice. We lightened up this recipe by using cream cheese instead of heavy cream and a small amount of cornstarch to thicken it up. An easy chicken dinner recipe that will be your go-to weeknight meal to serve your family all year round. A comforting healthy chicken recipe that even the kids will love!

Why this chicken recipe is so good

  • Creamy good: this chicken breast recipe with mushroom sauce is so delightfully good and flavorful. Tender and juicy chicken breast with each bite.
  • Healthy: we skipped on the heavy cream and high-fat milk products and used light (or fat-free) cream cheese to make the creamy garlic sauce.
  • Quick and easy: It is so easy to make this creamy chicken recipe. It will take no longer than 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for those busy weeknights.
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Ingredients you will need

olive oil
chicken breasts, boneless skinless
garlic cloves, crushed
button mushrooms halved
chicken broth
cornstarch
salt and pepper
cream cheese, light or fat-free
fresh chopped curly parsley

ingredients to make the chicken mushroom skillet

How to cook the chicken with mushroom

  • First, cook the chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast and cook until each side is golden-brown, about 5 minutes per side. Once done, remove from heat and set aside, covered to keep warm.
  • Next, make the creamy mushroom sauce: Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and add mushrooms and cook until slightly golden brown. Next, add garlic, sauté until fragrant for another minute. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water until fully dissolved. Pour the broth and cornstarch mixture. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, cook until liquid starts to bubble. Stir in cream cheese and whisk well, until sauce is smooth and thickened.
  • Finally, combine the chicken with the sauce: Return chicken breast back into the pan, and spoon over with the hot sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.

FAQ’s and tips

  • Oil: we used olive oil, you may use any other oil
  • Chicken: using chicken breast would be the leanest option as far as using chicken. You may use boneless chicken thighs, steaks, salmon, or shrimp.
  • Cream: This mushroom chicken is made without any cream. Light cream cheese works great for this recipe. For a keto-friendly option, heavy cream or coconut milk would work great. 
  • Broth: Chicken or vegetable broth. If you don’t have any broth you can just use water.
  • Mushroom: mushroom is the highlight of this creamy chicken skillet. Other veggie options are broccoli, green beans, spinach, and zucchini.
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Can i freeze chicken mushroom

A chicken mushroom recipe can certainly be frozen and served later. Place in an airtight container before storing it. It may be easier to store individual servings for easier reheating when you only need to serve 1-2 servings at a time. Freeze the mushroom chicken for up to 3 months and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve.

How long does chicken take to cook in a skillet

Boneless and skinless chicken breasts take 4-5 minutes on each side to cook through. Chicken with bone in them will take a few minutes more to cook thoroughly. The key is to cook over medium heat to allow the chicken to cook without burning. You can always use a food thermometer to check the doneness of your chicken. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken until it reaches 160o F.

What is the healthiest way to cook chicken breast

So long as you avoid deep frying your chicken you are already cooking it healthier. To cook chicken healthier you can grill like, roast it, or bake it. You can also pan-fry or stir fry with a small amount of oil. Avoid adding sugary marinades to your chicken to prevent unnecessary added calories.

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Creamy Chicken Mushroom Recipe

Juicy and tender chicken breast cooked in a creamy garlic mushroom sauce.
4.96 from 22 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms halved
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 ounces Light cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped curly parsley

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken breast and cook until each side is golden-brown, about 5 minutes per side. Once done, remove from heat and set aside, covered to keep warm.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and add mushrooms and cook until slightly golden brown. Then add garlic, sauté until fragrant.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water until fully dissolved. Pour the broth and cornstarch mixture.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pepper, cook until liquid starts to bubble. Stir in cream cheese and whisk well, until sauce is smooth and thickened.
  • Return chicken breast back into the pan, and spoon over with the hot sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm

Video

Notes

Substitutes:
  • Oil: we used olive oil, you may use any other oil
  • Chicken: using chicken breast would be the leanest option as far as using chicken. You may use boneless chicken thighs, steaks, salmon, or shrimp.
  • Cream: light cream cheese works great for this recipe. For a keto-friendly option, heavy cream or coconut milk would work great. 
  • Broth: Chicken or vegetable broth. If you don’t have any broth you can just use water.
  • Mushroom: mushroom is the highlight of this creamy chicken skillet. Other veggie options are broccoli, green beans, spinach, and zucchini.
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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Comments

  1. Adela says

    I followed your recipe exactly, but after putting 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth into my pan and adding cream cheese I realized that out was way too much broth. I then watched the video and in the video it also doesn’t seem like you are using that much. I am confused. I had to wait forever for it to boil down to a creamy texture.

  2. Kamala says

    5 stars
    I LOVED this recipe! Embarrassing to say, but I don’t like mushrooms. This dish is perfect without them. I also made it with fat-free cream cheese, and I couldn’t tell the difference! WINNER!

  3. Crystal Parada says

    5 stars
    This recipe is very delicious!, especially if you are into mushrooms. My fiancee and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t use cornstarch or flour because I didn’t have any, but it still turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Zari Blackshire says

    5 stars
    We thought it was amazing!! Great taste. I will have to agree with the garlic being added after mushrooms are cooked and my husband and I love mushrooms so we are going to try extra mushrooms next time. But had to give it 5 stars because the flavors are awesome. Thank you.

  5. Patti Bronstein says

    5 stars
    Can I prepare this dish in a crockpot but firstly semi frying the chicken. Then adding all other ingredients.

    • Cheri Neumann says

      5 stars
      Recently had a heart scare and am now on low sodium/low fat somewhat Mediterranean diet. I just cut down the amount of light cream cheese and added a little extra cornstarch. Also added a splash of wine to the mushrooms. Excellent. One of my first very satisfying meals. Thank you!

  6. Kristen Assell says

    4 stars
    Yummy recipe. I used dairy free cream cheese to make it suit out dietary needs. Worked great. my only note would be the garlic should be added after the mushroom is cooked, my garlic burned while I was cooking the mushrooms because it really only needs about 30 seconds. Even with adding extra oil it did not stop it from burning . Then the sauce tasted a little like burnt garlic. Should have trusted my instinct but maybe it’ll save you.

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