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Chef John’s Chicken and Mushrooms

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October 6, 2017

his chicken and mushrooms recipe video is an experiment in extreme self-control; I wanted to challenge myself to make a chicken and mushrooms recipe using only chicken and mushrooms."

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins


2 chicken breast halves, boneless, skin-on

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

salt and ground black pepper to taste

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1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2Season chicken on all sides with salt and ground black pepper.

3Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in an ovenproof skillet. Place chicken skin-side down in skillet and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

4Turn chicken over; stir mushrooms with a pinch of salt into skillet. Increase heat to high; cook, stirring mushrooms occasionally, until mushrooms shrink slightly, about 5 minutes.

5Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 15 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken breasts to a plate and loosely tent with foil; set aside.

6Set skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat; cook and stir mushrooms until brown bits start to form on the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes. Pour water into the skillet, and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits off of the bottom of the pan. Cook until water is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

7Stir in any accumulated juices from the chicken into the skillet. Stir butter into mushroom mixture, stirring constantly until butter is completely melted and incorporated.

8Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mushroom sauce over chicken and serve.

9Footnotes Tip Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.


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