Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms & Cream
If you make this dish, you may be tempted to lick the remaining sauce from the pan! The mushroom and cream sauce that smothers the chicken breasts in this recipe is so divine.
- 4 supremes (boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Big pinch white pepper
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot or green onion
- 1/4 pound diced or sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup white or brown stock or canned beef bouillon
- 1/4 cup port, Madeira or dry white vermouth
- 1 cup whipping cream
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly minced parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rub the chicken breasts with drops of lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a heavy, oven-proof casserole, about 10 inches in diameter until it is foaming. Stir in the minced shallots or green onion and saute a moment without browning. Then stir in the mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two without browning. Sprinkle with salt.
Quickly roll the chicken in the butter mixture and lay a piece of buttered wax paper over them, cover casserole and place in hot oven. After 6 minutes, press top of chicken with your finger. If still soft, return to oven for a moment or two. When the meat is springy to the touch it is done. (Please Note: Although Julia suggests to check the chicken after only 6 minutes, I (as well as several of my readers!) feel that this amount of time is inadequate to thoroughly cook the chicken. I cooked it for closer to 30-40 minutes. Please use a meat thermometer to ensure the correct temperature before serving!)
Remove the chicken to a warm platter (leave mushrooms in the pot) and cover while making the sauce (2 to 3 minutes).
To make sauce, pour the stock and wine in the casserole with the cooking butter and mushrooms. Boil down quickly over high heat until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste for seasoning, and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.