Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions

$8.70 recipe / $2.18 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.91 from 32 votes
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Creamy mushroom sauces make me weak in the knees. Anyone else? The chicken here is purely a vehicle for the creamy, garlicky, heavenly mushroom sauce. And the crispy onions? Well that’s just icing on the cake! This Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions is a really simple and scrumptious dinner with plenty of customizable options that I’ll outline for you below. Tuck this one in your back pocket (browser bookmarks?) because I’m sure you’re going to be making it again and again. ;)

Overhead view of creamy mushroom chicken in the skillet

What Are “Crispy Onions”?

I’m not sure how popular crispy fried onions are outside the U.S. so I wanted to take a second to explain and link out to this product for those who are unfamiliar. They’re basically deep fried onions that you can buy in a carton and are often used to top the classic Thanksgiving recipe, Green Bean Casserole. The onions are super crispy, a little salty, and they just add a wonderful texture and flavor in contrast the to the creamy mushroom sauce. The only brand I know that makes them is French’s, but you might be able to find a generic version at some grocery stores. 

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, boneless, skinless chicken thighs will work beautifully for this recipe and, because they are already thin and flat, will not require the pounding step that I show for the chicken breasts below. I do not suggest bone-in chicken thighs or breasts for this recipe because they require a much longer cooking time.

Can I Substitute the Mushrooms?

Not a mushroom lover? No problem. This recipe would also be great with spinach. Simply make the sauce without the mushrooms by adding the garlic to the skillet after removing the chicken, then proceeding to deglaze the skillet with broth as directed below. After adding the cream, simmer for a few minutes to thicken the sauce, then stir in fresh spinach until wilted. Finally, add the chicken and warm through.

Make it Dairy-Free

Full fat coconut milk will work well here in place of the heavy cream, just as it does in my Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen. Make sure to use full-fat coconut milk in a can, not the kind in a carton, which is thinner and meant to be a substitute for dairy milk. Shake up the can well before measuring, to distribute as much fat throughout the liquid as possible. Also, use coconut oil or your cooking oil of choice in place of butter.

Creamy mushroom chicken on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

Pictured with Steamed Green Beans and mashed potatoes.

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Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions

4.91 from 32 votes
Creamy Mushroom Chicken topped with delicious crispy onions is an easy weeknight dinner with plenty of options for customization!
Creamy mushroom chicken on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans
Servings 4
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
Total 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms ($1.69)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1.3 lbs. total) ($5.63)
  • 1 pinch salt ($0.02)
  • 1 pinch pepper ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, divided ($0.26)
  • 4 cloves garlic ($0.32)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth ($0.07)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream ($0.39)
  • 1/4 cup crispy fried onions ($0.37)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional garnish) ($0.05)

Instructions 

  • Rinse and slice the mushrooms. Set the sliced mushrooms aside.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to gently pound the chicken until it is an even thickness, about ¾-inch thick. Cut each chicken breast into two pieces, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add one tablespoon of the butter to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once the butter is melted and the skillet is hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 5 minutes per side). Remove the chicken to a clean plate and cover with foil or an upside down plate to keep it warm.
  • Add the second tablespoon of butter and the sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Sauté the mushrooms until they release all their water and the skillet begins to dry up again. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about a minute more.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the skillet and stir to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon mushroom cream sauce over each piece. Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for about 5 minutes more, or until the sauce is slightly reduced. Top the chicken with the crispy fried onions and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 369.8kcalCarbohydrates: 5.25gProtein: 36.13gFat: 22.4gSodium: 345.45mgFiber: 0.65g
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How to Make Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions – Step by Step Photos

Sliced mushrooms

Wash and slice 8oz. baby bella mushrooms. Set the mushrooms aside.

Pounded chicken breasts on a cutting board with a rolling pin

Place two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) on a cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Use a mallet or a rolling pin to gently pound the chicken until it is an even thickness, about ¾-inch. This helps the chicken cook quickly and evenly in the skillet.

Chicken portions seasoned with salt and pepper on the cutting board

Cut each chicken breast in half to create four portions, then season each with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Cooked chicken in the skillet

Add one tablespoon butter to a large skillet and heat over medium. When the butter is melted and the skillet is hot, add the chicken and cook until golden brown on each side (about 5 minutes per side). Remove the chicken to a clean plate and cover to keep it warm (either foil or another plate turned upside down).

Sautéed mushrooms and garlic in the skillet

Add another tablespoon of butter and the sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Sauté the mushrooms until they release all their water and the skillet dries up again. Add four cloves minced garlic and continue to sauté for about a minute more.

Cream being poured into the skillet with mushrooms

Add ½ cup chicken broth to the skillet and stir to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom. Add ½ cup heavy cream to the skillet and stir to combine.

Chicken in creamy mushroom sauce in the skillet

Add the cooked chicken back to the skillet and spoon the creamy mushroom sauce over the chicken. Let the chicken simmer in the sauce for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through and the sauce is slightly reduced.

Creamy mushroom chicken in the skillet, topped with crispy fried onions

Top the chicken with crispy fried onions (I used about ¼ cup total). 

Finished Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Crispy Onions, garnished with parsley

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, then serve. This goes really well with mashed potatoes or pasta, so the creamy sauce can be spooned over top like a gravy.

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  1. This is so easy and delicious, love it. I went to make it and my mushrooms were bad so I just put in an onion and some broccoli, was so so tasty and I better it’s even better with mushrooms! 

  2. Love this recipe. Had some leftover pesto lying around so added a couple of tablespoons. Also carmelized some onions and used those because I just could not bring myself to buy a can of fried onions – trying to save money on groceries.

  3. Very tasty and remarkably simple. I ended up adding some fresh spinach at the end which worked really nicely.

  4. This was SO GOOD! Everyone in the family ate it and loved it. I added a little extra pepper to the gravy and used chicken breasts. I served it with some leftover rice and they worked really well together. I plan on keeping this dinner as a regular in our monthly menu. Thanks!

  5. This is so tasty! I made it one night when my dad came over to visit. Served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. Delicious.

  6. I have made this so many times! It is absolutely delicious! Thanks Beth!

  7. A definite winner of a chicken dinner. I’d read through the reviews and saw a number of people adding onions, so I had less than a quarter cup of chopped yellow onion I cooked with the mushrooms.

    Otherwise, I followed the recipe as is. Next time I’d probably simmer the sauce without the chicken and get it thickened before adding the chicken back in. 

    The flavors were good and I recommend not skipping the fried onions. I didn’t use French’s but another one found in the produce section sold as a salad topping. Now to stop eating them ….

  8. This is “lick the plate after you’re finished” tier good.

    I’ve made this 3 times so far, but I learned from the first time making it that there’s no such thing as too much of this sauce, so I double the heavy cream and chicken stock the second and third time. This has totally replaced my previous chicken and mushroom staple dish and I’ve told my friends and family that liked my previous chicken and mushroom recipe to try this one instead.

  9. I used bone-in thighs when I cooked dinner for my in-laws this weekend. It went really great. They loved it! Since I had to use the bone-in pieces, I cooked the chicken in the oven separately. Seasoned them with salt, pepper, and rubbed them with generous amount of butter, and then put them in the oven at 425*F for 40 minutes. I cooked the creamy mushroom sauce as per the recipe, and then mixed the juices from the sheet pan of the cooked chicken. It ended up tasting amazing! Thank you, Beth!