Lighter 30 Minute Chicken in Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Bacon and Pesto is one of the easiest yet most delicious chicken dinners you will ever make – and all in one skillet! Devour it alone or incredible with pasta, rice or potatoes, etc.
This Chicken in Creamy Mushroom Sauce really is so craving good, so elegant, yet simple, quick and easy all at the same time AKA you are going to fall in love with this chicken! I actually made this skillet twice in one week – which is quite a rarity being a food blogger because the only time I ever make something twice in such close succession is to either retest/perfect OR because it is so insanely delicious, I just need to relish all the flavors and creaminess one more time, and I need to now. It was the latter. Aaaand I knew it would only take me minutes and one skillet to whip up!
Now there are a lot of Chicken in Creamy Mushroom Sauces out there – but I promise this creamy mushroom bath has a depth of flavor you just won’t savor in the other dishes thanks to splashes of pesto, Dijon and balsamic – lick your plate delicious. This easy chicken skillet starts with either slicing two larger chicken breasts in half horizontally or pounding 4 smaller chicken breasts thin and seasoning with salt and pepper then searing (they will cook more in the sauce) for super quick, moist, tender chicken.
You then saute your mushrooms for a few minutes then add in some shallots, pesto, oregano and thyme and saute another few minutes and top off with some garlic. Can we say crazy flavorful mushrooms which means crazy flavorful sauce? Stir in some chicken broth, Dijon and balsamic along with some cornstarch to thicken, and the option of half and half or heavy cream. I have made this skillet both with and without the half and half/heavy cream (not using either) and it was absolutely divine each way. So if you are trying to cut some calories, then this can be a super lean meal with the omission of the cream. On the other hand, it is only 1/4 cup heavy cream so if you want to revel in extra creaminess, then add the cream. Totally up to you. Deciding what to do will be the hardest part of this dish.
Stir in some bacon (also optional but totally recommended) then garnish with Parmesan cheese- now you are not going to want to skip the Parmesan – it transport this dish into other wordy deliciousness.
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