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Skillet Chicken in Creamy Mushroom Sauce with Bacon and Pesto

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings


  • 2 chicken breasts sliced horizontally or 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream, optional*
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4-6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided


  • fresh parsley
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Rinse and pat chicken dry then season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Once very hot, add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes or until golden, flip, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook 4-7 minutes (depending on thickness) or until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium and melt 1 tablespoon butter in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes then add shallots, pesto, oregano and thyme and cook another 3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds.
  • Stir in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, cream or half and half (optional), Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. Whisk cornstarch with remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth and add to skillet. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened. Add chicken back to skillet, stir in half the bacon and leave the rest to garnish.
  • Garnish with remaining bacon. freshly grated Parmesan (highly recommended) and fresh parsley. Serve with/over noodles, potatoes or rice.


*This sauce is still wonderfully flavorful without the half and half/heavy cream so if you want to save calories you can definitely skip it – but if you want to add some extra creaminess, its divine!