2/11/11

Easy chicken with mushroom wine sauce (can be made in a crock pot too)

Another one of those recipes that isn't really a recipe but you can play with it and make it your own... 

There are many versions of this dish, thought up by millions of men and women who use the same general idea and then tweak it a little to use what they may have on hand.  The basic idea is chicken breasts, some liquid, a can of soup, some mushrooms and cream cheese.  Herbs, dried salad dressing mixes, etc.  all optional as well.

It's one of those 'keep it in your back pocket' recipes for a day or night when you don't really feel like cooking and you have an hour before you have to eat OR you throw it together in a crock pot earlier in the day so it's done at dinner time.  Not incredibly healthy some would say, but you can use lower fat cream cheese, the healthy version of the soup and fresh mushrooms.

Now that you know this is an easy recipe that can be improvised in a hundred ways; let's get started!

Chicken with Mushrooms and Wine Sauce

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c white wine - not fruity (or water or chicken broth)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can mushroom slices or fresh mushrooms, sliced (4 oz, 8 oz. up to you!)
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 - 1 oz. pkg. dry italian salad dressing mix (like Good Seasons Italian)

Puree the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Add a little more or less wine for your sauce to be nice and thick or if you want more of a 'gravy' later if you are serving with a side of potatoes, you can add about 1/2 cup more.  Another option for less of a wine taste is to use water for the liquid OR my favorite; chicken broth.  I rarely cook with wine but will make this when I have the last of a bottle of wine to 'use up'.


When smooth, pour over chicken breasts in a greased or sprayed baking pan.  Bake at 350, uncovered for about an hour or until done and no longer pink in the center.  The size and thickness of your chicken breasts determine this.  If you are putting these in the crock pot, just pour over chicken breasts in the slow cooker and heat on low for 8 hours or according to your crock pot's instruction booklet.  Serve with pasta, potatoes or steamed vegetables. 


Smooth


Ready to bake
My kids love the sauce most of all

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