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This creamy mushroom chicken recipe has the most deliciously tender pan-fried chicken smothered in a garlicky mushroom sauce! It’s quick and easy and can be on your table in half an hour.

Looking for another effortless chicken dinner? Try my well-loved Creamy Garlic Chicken or Creamy Bacon Chicken next that use a similar technique.

closeup of creamy mushroom chicken with a spoon

Why you’ll love it

Creamy chicken recipes are some of my readers’ favorites, and it’s easy to see why. I like to keep them simple with no fancy ingredients, and this creamy mushroom chicken is no exception. It’s ready in just 30 minutes for an upgraded family meal.

Juicy mushrooms and chicken just go together so well, and pairing them with a garlic cream sauce takes it over the top. Pantry essentials are transformed into a winning dish that’s special enough for company, but go ahead and eat it any old weeknight!

What you’ll need

  • Chicken – as always, my trick for tender chicken is cutting the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so they cook faster and don’t get all tough. You could also pound them thin if you prefer.
  • Flour – for dredging. The reason we use it is to get a nice crust on the surface of the chicken.
  • Olive oil and butter – for sautéing and making the base of the sauce
  • Mushrooms – cremini (or baby bellas), white mushrooms, or whatever you’ve got or the store has will be fine
  • Italian seasoning – it’s a convenient mix of fragrant dried herbs that’s all in a single jar
  • Garlic – use even more than suggested if you’re a garlic afficionado. I like to mince it with this garlic press so that peeling the cloves isn’t needed.
  • Chicken broth – to infuse savory flavor into the sauce
  • Lemon juice – a touch of acidity adds brightness
  • Dijon mustard – my tried-and-true way to add extra depth of flavor to sauces. It doesn’t make it taste like mustard, so don’t worry about that!
  • Heavy cream – for luxuriousness
ingredients for creamy mushroom chicken in small bowls

Pro tip

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Instant read thermometers are super easy to use, inexpensive, and ensure meat is never overcooked or undercooked for peace of mind.

How to make creamy mushroom chicken

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing chicken and mushrooms in a cast iron skillet

Cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, then season and coat the cutlets in flour and sear on both sides in a skillet until golden. Transfer to a plate, and then sauté the mushrooms.

making sauce in a skillet for creamy mushroom chicken

Take the mushrooms out of the pan and add the garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard. Let it reduce, and then stir in the cream along with the mushrooms and chicken. Finish cooking the chicken through, and season with salt & pepper.

Substitutions and variations

  • I don’t recommend subbing the cream for something like half-and-half or milk because the sauce will end up thinner and may curdle due to the high heat it’s cooked at. However, you may want to read through the comments if you do want to experiment as lots of readers have had success tweaking the recipe based on their diet needs.
  • I love including Dijon mustard in recipes like this for extra flavor, but it’s not a dealbreaker. If you don’t have any, you can for sure leave it out.
  • Another thing you can do is replace the chicken broth with dry white wine if you have some on hand. Try sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, or chardonnay.
  • You could make this recipe with chicken thighs if you prefer, but keep in mind that you may need to adjust the cooking time a bit.

What to serve with it

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days in a covered container no problem.
  • Freezing this one likely won’t work out. Sauces with dairy are notorious for never turning out right after being thawed.
  • I recommend reheating any leftovers on a low heat in a small saucepan so that the sauce doesn’t separate.
a plate with creamy mushroom chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes

Will you make this creamy garlic mushroom chicken recipe? Questions? Ask me in the comments below! Tag me on Instagram if you made it.

closeup of creamy mushroom chicken with a spoon
4.94 from 212 votes

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

This creamy mushroom chicken recipe has the most deliciously tender pan-fried chicken smothered in a garlicky mushroom sauce! It's quick and easy and can be on your table in half an hour.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces mushrooms (try cremini or white mushrooms) sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream

Instructions 

  • Cut your chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make four thinner cutlets. Season them with salt & pepper then coat them in flour.
  • Add the oil to a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan’s hot, add the chicken. Cook it for 4-5 minutes/side until golden. Once this step is done, take the chicken out of the pan and set it aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan. Let it melt, then add the mushrooms and Italian seasoning. Cook the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until the water has been released, it cooks off, and they get a nice sear.
  • Take the mushrooms out of the pan (ok to put them on the same plate as the chicken). 
  • Add the garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard to the pan. Give it a good stir until the mustard dissolves, and let it reduce by half (about 3-4 minutes). 
  • Add the cream to the pan, along with the chicken and mushrooms. Let the chicken cook for another 5 minutes or so until it’s cooked through and the sauce has thickened a bit. Season with salt & pepper as needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 155mg, Sodium: 314mg, Potassium: 879mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1087IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 70mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on March 20, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!


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568 Comments

  1. Amanda Keating says:

    5 stars
    Gosh, this is so good. I’ve seen many creamy mushroom chicken recipes and this ALWAYS my go to. Never lets me down. My family (husband and 2 year old) always love it too, so it must be a winner

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I am so happy to hear how much you like it! Thanks for letting me know, Amanda.

  2. Yuliya says:

    Hi do you think I can use another skillet beside iron skillet? I’m wondering if it’ll cook through all the way. Alrthough I do see a lot of your recipes you use a cast iron skillet

    1. Natasha says:

      Another skillet is totally fine. 😊

  3. Pegah says:

    5 stars
    I tend to always overcook meat so I just made this as a test run before serving for guests. Wow…! So delicious and easy and my chicken was tender. Great recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so pleased to hear it! 🙂

  4. Franko says:

    4 stars
    I boiled off the mushrooms first, made a rue, added mushroom broth with wht wine touch of lemon instead of the cream. The rue made it very creamy. Came out Fab! Ty

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome!

  5. Rachel DiGiovanni says:

    SO delicious. I’m always pinning new recipes on Pinterest and I’ve noticed that a ton of them are yours!

    Thanks for sharing
    xx
    Rachel

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww that’s wonderful! Thanks, Rachel!

  6. Donna says:

    This was delicious. Wondering why the cream broke. I had it close to room temp when I added it.

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Donna! I’m glad you liked it! Hmmm… I wonder if maybe it was cooked on too high of a temperature for too long?

  7. bianca says:

    natasha,
    could this recipe be replicated in an instapot? i’d like to do it all at once, if possible..

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Bianca! Honestly I’d really have to do some testing to give you any kind of an accurate answer. I’m always cautious about cream sauces either in the slow cooker or Instant Pot because they’re quite delicate and can separate and get wrecked… the pressure cooker will boil the heck out of it. If you feel like doing some experimenting, let me know haha. I would definitely wait until it’s done pressure cooking before you add any thickening agent like flour/cornstarch, though, if you do try it out.

  8. Jane Attia says:

    Delicious dish. I used milk instead if cream and added some white white and let it cook a little longer. It turned out really good

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you liked it, Jane!

  9. Maharookh says:

    Can I replace the cream with anything healthier?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! You could, but it won’t be the same recipe. Half-and-half or milk will make the sauce thinner and I can’t guarantee it’ll taste as good unfortunately.

    2. Sandra says:

      Could you use Greek yogurt?

      1. Sandra says:

        Or maybe coconut milk

      2. Natasha says:

        Hi Sandra! You could try, but I’ll be honest… the sauce won’t be the same. Coconut milk could work too, but it’ll give it a different texture and a coconutty taste. Yogurt will make it a bit tangy and I can’t say how exactly it’ll end up unfortunately. If you’re trying to substitute to cut calories, I’d probably just reserve this dish for when you feel like splurging a little haha… that’s what I do.

    3. Connie says:

      This is very good, I’m eating it now! Didn’t have Dijon or chicken broth. Warmed 2/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk and added melted 1/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup hot water to reduce the pan I’m gf and lactose free). The little extra step of dredging in (gf) flour was worth it 👍

      1. Natasha says:

        I am so pleased it worked out!

  10. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    This looks just mouthwatering Natasha! Tom and I would both enjoy it!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much, Mary Ann!

    2. Tanya says:

      Hi! I just made this tonight for the first time and loved it. Thanks!!

      1. Natasha says:

        So glad to hear it! You’re very welcome 🙂

        1. Pam Charney says:

          How about using boneless skinless thighs?

          1. Natasha says:

            Sure. You may need to cook them a tad longer, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t work 🙂