ESBS: Cream of Mushroom Chicken

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Do ya’ll remember how LAST WEEK I said I was going to post an amazing dinner I had like 5 different times? Well, I’m finally posting it. Life has been, um, NUTS, lately so I haven’t had much time to decompress. Which could be why my blog posts are jumbled and take me 6x the normal amount of time to compile them. From that period to what I’m typing now, there was a 45 minute break because I zoned out. I need to get my act together, exhaustion doesn’t look good on me.

Now, cream of mushroom chicken is nothing new, or fancy, or brilliant, it’s just GOOD. Old-fashioned comfort food at it’s best. Somedays you just need something that makes you feel good, ya know? Well, this dish makes me feel INCREDIBLE and that might be due to the fact that I used about 1 cup of wine IN IT, in addition to pairing it with 1 2 3 cups of wine while I ate it. Regardless of the mind altering addition, this dish is just good.

I love the contrast of the soft chicken and gravy with the crunch of the asparagus. Plus, I think the asparagus adds a nice touch of green, don’t you think? Oh, and  this only LOOKS  unhealthy because it’s actually very low fat. I used fat free cream of mushroom soup, fat free sour cream and extra virgin olive oil. Comfort food dishes like this can contain anywhere from 500-2000 calories and up to 60 grams of fat, depending on how they are prepared! We all need a little bit of comfort food every once in a while, but there is nothing comforting about an extra 2 pounds on your waistline!

Recipe is adapted from Eating Well.

Cream of Mushroom Chicken

 What You’ll Need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of dry white wine, like Chardonnay
  • 8 asparagus spears, chopped up
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of fat free cream of mushroom
  • 1/2 cup of fat free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It:

  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook unti lightly browned. Add in chopped mushrooms and asparagus nd cook until soft and browned. Take off heat and set aside.

  • In the same sauce pan, add chicken and heat until fully cooked, about 8-10 minutes. Take off heat, let cool a bit and chop up.

  • Add chicken and asparagus back into the pan to heat. Warm up for about a minute.

  •  Add in mushrooms, onions, cream of mushroom soup, wine, sour cream and salt and pepper. Stirring frequently, cook dish until fully mixed. Note: It’ll look like a blob of brown gravy goop. 

One thing I love about this dish is that you can serve it over mashed potatoes, rice or noodles, or just eat it plain! (Which is the route I took!) The wine really adds such an oaky and delicious flavor to the gravy. Wine really does compliment food amazingly, especially when it’s added as an ingredient!

And I’m not just saying that because I’m a wine-o either.

Nutritional information per 1 cup: 280 calories, 10 grams of fat, 25 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbohydrates.

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  1. Posted by Bigbearswife on
    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
    I lvoe comfort food... Might be a southern thing ;)
  2. Posted by The Culinary Lens on
    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
    This looks like a healthy reworking of what would normally be a nutritional no no. Serving it over noodles would be my way to go. I have been surprise how much the whole wheat ones have improve
  3. Posted by Raquel Erecipe on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    this is one of the recipe that a weight watchers gonna look for...asparagus, mushroom, and chicken breast oh I actually looking for some other recipe for chicken breast and this is a perfect one I will bookmark this. thanks
  4. Posted by Erin on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    Oh, I wish I had this for dinner tonight.  It looks delicious!
  5. Posted by Lindsey@Lindselicious on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    This is a grown up version of cream of mushroom chicken!  I need to try give this a try it looks sooooo yummy!
  6. Posted by Anonymous on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    This sounds so good!  I think I may pick up some chicken on the way home from work today, because everything else I already have =)
  7. Posted by Lauren on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    Yum! I have been wanting to try this kind of recipe forever! Thanks! it looks so good :)
  8. Posted by Gretchen on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    NOMMMM. That looks delicious. It's almost like a chicken stroganoff! Love.
  9. Posted by Susan on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    Looks awesome! Easy! What could be better on a busy night?
  10. Posted by Heather Libbey on
    Thursday, August 18th, 2011
    I love anything with mushrooms, and I am printing this for my "to try" folder.  And I may have to stop and pick up some wine for tonight! 
  11. Posted by Steph C on
    Friday, August 19th, 2011
    So simple but sounds (and looks!) so delicious. Even better that I think I have all these ingredients in the house already! Hellooo, dinner next week :)
  12. Thursday, August 25th, 2011
    I think I never tried cream of mushroom chicken.... I know I'm missing it out, totally.  Good thing is that it looks quick and easy and I have to definitely try this!  Your recipe sounds perfect and delicious!  Can't wait to try it!