Pan-fried chicken in mushroom sauce

Pan-fried chicken in mushroom sauce

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(215 ratings)

Ready in 1½ - 1¾ hrs

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Serves 6

Creamy chicken and mushroom dish - a fabulous French seasonal recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal600
  • fat40g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein50g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 6 large, free-range chicken legs, halved at the joint so you have 6 thighs and 6 drumsticks
  • 700ml/1¼ pts chicken stock (or water)
  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, finely diced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g mixed wild mushrooms



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 300ml/½ pt dry white wine
  • 284ml pot double cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Fry the thighs for 8-10 mins, skin side only, until golden brown, then transfer to a casserole dish. Fry the drumsticks for about 5 mins each side and add them to the thighs.

  2. Pour the stock over the chicken legs in the casserole. There should be enough stock to just cover the chicken, if not add a little water. Bring stock to the boil and cover, leaving lid slightly ajar. Cook at just below simmering point for 30-35 mins until chicken is cooked.

  3. While chicken is simmering, drain oil from the pan. Heat the butter in pan and add onion. Sweat onion for 5 mins until soft, but not coloured. Turn up the heat, add the mushrooms, then fry for 3 mins until they soften and start to smell wonderful. Pour over the white wine, raise the heat to maximum and boil rapidly for 6-8 mins until reduced by two-thirds. Turn off the heat and leave until chicken has cooked.

  4. Once chicken legs are cooked, strain stock into pan with the onion, mushrooms and white wine, bring back to the boil and reduce again by two-thirds until it is thick and syrupy. Pour in double cream, bring it to the boil, season if you want, then pour it over chicken. Heat chicken through in the sauce for 2-3 mins then turn off the heat and leave for a few mins before serving. This is such an aromatic and beautiful looking dish you should serve it straight from the casserole with the lid on.

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3rd Mar, 2013
Very tasty even though I only had chicken breasts so didn't cook them in the stock for so long. Also no wild mushrooms so substituted with chestnut mushrooms and rose wine instead of white! But even with all those tweaks it was a good dish enjoyed by husband and 6 year old. Served with new pots and peas.
3rd Mar, 2013
Very tasty. Personally, I didn't think it needed as much cream as suggested in the recipe. Next time I think I'll use whole chicken breasts.
20th Jan, 2013
Delicious and easy to make.
15th Jan, 2013
If this is frozen , is there any instructions on reheating it?? I don't want to give someone food poisoning!
5th Oct, 2013
simple, as with anything you're reheating, just make sure its hot all the way through. when i reheat things, i always make sure they're covered, so i'd put foil on it, put it in pre-heated oven on about 180 (i say that temp. because its hot enough to reheat but not too hot that it will cook the stuff more or dry it out or burn) and give it a stir through (to blend the cooler bits with the hot spot bits) after about 20mins and leave it in (covered with foil) for further 10? that should do it, depending on your sizes of chicken bits. but if you're ever unsure if meat is heated through all the way, skewer or fork right deep inside a peice of meat and then lift it out and feel the end of skewer, this will tell you if the inside temp of meat (or whatever you're reheating) is hot or not. worth trying a few different areas of the dish this way to ensure 100% that its heated through. if its hot then no one will die or become unwell. hope helps. ;-)
9th Jan, 2013
Delicious!! A huge fav in our family and with all visitors!
1st Jan, 2013
Made this for 14 on New Year's Eve. Added in dried mixed mushrooms - using the liquid after straining in the sauce. A spoon of seeded mustard in with the double cream also. Fab receive - made garlicky fondant potatoes and lots of green beans. Used chicken thighs only. Yum yum!
28th Dec, 2012
This is really delicious and has become a favourite for Saturday dinner. I would classify it as an easy dish to make.
28th Dec, 2012
This is really delicious and has become a favourite for Saturday dinner. I would classify it as an easy dish to make.
4th Dec, 2012
Love it! Always a huge success with everyone who tries it. I have also cut chicken into chunks which works well but I prefer keeping the chicken breast whole.


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