Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee


This lightened up classic is fast to pull together—especially if you buy presliced mushrooms. It has a rich, slow-cooked flavor. A splash of cream makes it extra-decadent but still light. Slideshows:  More Fast Chicken Recipes 

Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee
Photo: © Sneh Roy
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

  • Four 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 pounds cremini or white mushrooms, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons minced tarragon leaves

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  2. Add the butter, shallot, salt and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Add the flour and cook until it smells lightly toasty, about 1 minute.

  3. Add the wine, broth and reserved chicken and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over moderate heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a serving dish.

  4. Increase the heat to moderately high and simmer the sauce, uncovered, until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the minced tarragon and heavy cream. Spoon the sauce and mushrooms over the chicken and serve immediately.


Tip: Swap out the mushrooms for leeks for a lighter flavored dish. Tip: Chop any leftover chicken and mushrooms and serve as a sauce over pasta or polenta. One serving: 396 cal, 14 gm fat, 4.5 gm sat fat, 12 gm carb, 2 gm fiber, 51 gm protein.

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