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Balsamic Mushroom Chicken Breast

Updated February 23, 2016
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If you have a large crowd coming over, increase this recipe and serve it in a chafing dish. I created it specifically for larger dinner parties because as it soaks up the sauce, the woodsy mushroom flavor with the hint of tangy balsamic just intensifies, so it’s never a problem for it to sit out on a buffet.

MAKE AHEAD:

Sauce can be made the day before.

8 servings

Preparation Time30 min

Preparation Time - Text30 minutes

Cooking Time1 min

Cooking Time - Text75

Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturebuttery, umami, winey

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1¼ cups unsalted butter (2½ sticks)
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 8 ounces each
  • 6 cups sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups Cabernet
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine the vegetable oil and 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Once the butter and oil are bubbling, add the chicken breasts to the skillet four at a time. Sear on each side until the chicken is golden, about 2–3 minutes per side, then transfer them to a large baking dish. Repeat with the remaining breasts and set aside.

Melt the remaining 2 sticks of butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the mushrooms, stir, and raise the heat to high. Allow the mushrooms to cook until most of their liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, shaking the pan, for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to break down. Add the vinegar, wine, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Pour the mushroom mixture over the chicken and place the pan in the top half of the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken has just cooked through. Remove from the oven and serve each piece of chicken generously topped with mushroom mixture.

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2.5 sticks of butter! If the dish were intended to serve a huge crowd, maybe. But 2.5 sticks divided across 8 breasts is much too much butter for anyone even moderately concerned about their nutritional intake.

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