Chicken Breasts With Sherry, Cream and Mushroom Sauce

"This recipe originally came from a book called Enjoying American Wines issued by the California Culinary Academy in the mid-1980's. My favorite story about it was when making it on a camping trip to Key West. A man walked by our camp site as I was finishing the sauce and said "Something tells me that is not Cream of Mushroom soup!". Boy, was he right. This is a delicious dish that you can serve to anyone with pride. I've doubled the sauce ingredients from the original recipe because we usually serve it with rice (usually jasmine or basmati) and we like to have extra sauce on the rice. I've made this recipe more often than any other single recipe in my repertoire and hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
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Ready In:
4 breasts and 1 cup sauce




  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Trim all bits of fat and membrane from the chicken breasts. In a shallow bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. Dredge breasts in the seasoned flour and shake off the excess. Have a warm, ovenproof plate ready.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the butter and oil. Add chicken breasts and cook just until the thickest part springs back when pressed, 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to the warm plate and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce. The recipe may be prepared to this point up to 15 minutes ahead of serving time.
  • If the butter has browned too much, pour it out and add another 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Add mushrooms, garlic and green onion, turn the heat to high and saute until the mushrooms just begin to soften. Add sherry, bring to a boil and reduce by half. Add cream, bring to a boil and reduce to a thick sauce. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Return chicken breasts to pan and turn to coat with sauce. Serve topped with mushrooms and sauce (and rice on the side, if desired).

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One of my passions is to feed people, but I wouldn't work in a commercial kitchen on a bet. It's too hard - and I have great respect for those who do it. I fix dinner for about 60 people once a year and am always looking for new recipes for "the party", which is what led me to this site. My husband and I also make and can jams (especially strawberry - plentiful in Florida, peaches, tomatoes and green beans, not to mention the annual cookie frenzy each December when we make about 75 dozen cookies for gifts. We also smoke salmon often. We love living in Florida, but miss the fine seafood, corn, tomatoes, peaches and apples of the mid-Atlantic coast.?Below I've?defined how I rate recipes to make my ratings more useful. I think this is important as I rely a great deal on ratings and comments by other Chefs and I would like to know what their standards are. How I rate recipes: 5 stars: These are recipes I expect to make many times and require little in the way of changes to be really, really good. This rating doesn't take into account as to whether a recipe is 'gourmet' or just plain good food - if I expect to make it often, it gets 5 stars. 4 stars: These are recipes that are very good, but for one reason or another I don't expect to make it often. The reasons for not making it often can be varied, such as difficulty or cost, but NOT because we just thought it was OK instead of great. These recipes are just as good as my 5-stars and are ones I would consider making again. 3 stars: These are recipes that one of my family or extended family liked or loved, but there wasn't a consensus that it was really good. 3 stars means I probably won't make again unless there are easy changes I can do to make it more to our liking. 2 stars: These are recipes that just aren't to my taste for one reason or another. Could be flavor, poor appearance, difficulty - just about anything. I don't plan to make it again. 1 star: These are recipes I didn't even end up serving to others and will not make again. Usually my problem with these recipes is with the taste. You won't find many of these ratings from me as it is sometimes kinder to just not rate it. If I do rate it, it is to make suggestions on how to improve it.
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