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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


  • 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


  • 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. 


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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  1. Susan Gibbard says:

    4 stars
    Sounds great; will try tonight using some replacement for cream.
    But I have a suggestion for you and all other cooks related to using the cast iron pan; that is, I feel an aside should be stated, as there are many folks who cannot eat food prepared in a cast iron because of a hereditary condition called hemochromatosis. It is a condition whereby people absorb more iron than normal which severely damages internal organs such as liver, pancreas, and heart. They should never eat food prepared in the cast iron pans, or food high in iron. I leave it to you to decide how to state this. But I think it’s extremely important. Thank you, Susan

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s interesting, thanks for the info – I wasn’t aware of this! This recipe doesn’t have to be made in a cast iron pan – any skillet is fine. I would think that anyone with the condition would probably know not to use cast iron, I’d hope. Let me know how you like the recipe. 🙂

      1. Joycemazza says:

        What’s the carb count on this

        1. Natasha says:

          Hi! Sorry – I don’t have nutritional info for this recipe. You’d have to plug in the weights/quantities of the exact ingredients you used into something like My Fitness Pal for the most accurate values. Skipping the flour should lower the carb count if you’re concerned.

    2. Quest says:

      Thank you so much for this. My husband was diagnosed with hemochromatosis a few months ago and I had no clue about this.

      p.s. Thank you Natasha & crew for all of the recipes and comments. I do a lot of reading here.

      1. Natasha says:

        You’re very welcome! So glad you find it useful. 🙂

  2. Kara S says:

    4 stars
    Definitely going to try this. However to cut the fat content with the cream iam using plain Greek yogurt that is fat free.. It cooks up just like cream without all the calories. You can do alot without real butter and heavy cream!

  3. Lindsey says:

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so delicious! Followed the recipe exactly! Served with wild rice and Parmesan asparagus! Husband approved! 😋
    Thank you!! Can’t wait to try more recipes!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!! Thanks for letting me know, Lindsey! 🙂

  4. Wendy says:

    5 stars
    Delicious!! I didn’t have cream so I used fat free half & half & mixed it with a little cornstarch & that helped with thickening the sauce.

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Wendy! Thanks for the tip!

  5. Judi says:

    Thank you for sharing such a scrumptious recipe! I haven’t had the chance to make it yet because I only have Chicken Bottoms in my freezer, how would I make it with my Chicken Bottoms? I’m looking forward to cooking up your yummy recipe!
    Thanks again for the share,

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Judi! You could definitely use the chicken thighs, but I would probably cook them for a bit longer. Hope you like the recipe! 🙂

  6. Sara says:

    5 stars
    Sooo yummy! I didn’t have any heavy cream so I used the substitute of milk and a couple tablespoons of corn starch! It thickened up fine but want to try it with the heavy cream next time! I also added canned artichoke hearts when cooking mushrooms, yummm! Served over couscous!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great that it worked out! Thanks for leaving me your feedback! 🙂

  7. Michelle M says:

    5 stars
    I used this recipe to cook for a party of 8+ and I ‘upped’ this 2.5 times and it was the perfect amount of food (plus a salad & potatoes)!!! I loved that I was able to precook this the day before the party so that when I reheated it it was still so moist and the chicken was not dry at all!!! I swapped potato flour with all purpose flour Bc I was preparing this for gluten free babes HOWEVER even though I got a very similar texture as I did with all purpose flour the potato was harder to work with Bc it gets really sticky. I used a combo of baby Bella’s & shiitake (Bc I ran out) and it came worked out really well.

    All in all I got rave reviews and it’s all credit to this amazingly simple and delicious recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      I am so happy that you all enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for leaving me a comment! 🙂

  8. Amy S says:

    Anyway to make dairy free? Can I use a milk substitute like almond milk or cashew milk?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Amy! Honestly, without testing I really can’t say for sure what will work. The heavy cream thickens up fairly well, so my fear is that almond milk will just be watery without using something else to thicken it up. I haven’t cooked with cashew milk. I have a similar recipe with tons of comments where readers have tried a lot of different things, so maybe scrolling through there could give you some ideas:

  9. Tina Weimar says:

    5 stars
    I made the recipes with pork chops, delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! Good idea!

  10. Hyde says:

    5 stars
    Omg this recipe is SO good! Only alteration I made was adding red pepper flakes for heat and wow, absolutely amazing!

    1. Natasha says:

      YAY so pleased you liked it, Hyde!