There is no real method to my shopping madness. I shop once a week and I buy whatever looks beautiful. Well, the shiitake mushrooms last Friday were so gorgeous, I was almost brought to tears. They were so white underneath, so fresh and so perfect. I didn’t have mushrooms on my mind, but I just couldn’t pass these up!
So on Monday evening, I came home and decided to combine them with some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I had some spaghetti squash that was begging to be eaten and some beet greens. Here’s what I threw together and it was scrumptious, if I dare say so myself! This recipe is a perfect meal for your family, and it comfortably serves 4 people.
Chicken Breasts with Shiitake Mushrooms
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 12-15 Large shiitake mushrooms, wiped clean, stems removed and minced, caps thickly sliced
- 3 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dry white vermouth
- 1/2 cup homemade chicken stock or low salt, packaged
- 1 Large sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
- Parsley for garnish
|Wash the chicken breasts, pat dry, season with salt and pepper.|
|Heat the oil and butter on medium to medium-high heat and when the butter stops sizzling, add the shallots and minced mushroom stems.|
|Lower heat to low, and cover for 8-10 minutes. Stir frequently.|
|Raise heat and brown chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.|
|After 3 minutes on the second side, add mushroom caps and continue cooking, lowering and adjusting the heat.|
|After 2 more minutes, add the vermouth and chicken broth, shake your pan to combine and sprinkle the rosemary leaves on top.|
|Continue cooking, covered if you need to, until done, 155 degrees if you have a meat thermometer. Top with chopped parsley leaves before serving.|
|Serve on a bed of spaghetti squash or with squash on the side, with some sautéed beet greens and a little Savoy cabbage, sautéed in olive oil and garlic, garnished with cilantro.|
Mary Frances writes about food in her blog LOVE – the secret ingredient.
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