Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms
This easy recipe for chicken with mushrooms starts with breaded and pan-fried chicken cutlets that are set on top of sliced mushrooms, then covered with more mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, and baked until golden brown.
Last summer, a couple of months before I was due with Dominic, my aunt emailed me this recipe for chicken with mushrooms, telling me that she had made it multiple times and that she and my uncle really enjoyed it, and she thought it would be a nice easy dinner recipe to keep on hand for after I had the baby.
I saved it, then a few weeks later, she brought it to one of our Sunday dinners so I could taste it for myself (how awesome is she?!). It was indeed delicious – the chicken was moist and tender, there was tons of mushrooms, and you really can’t beat anything smothered in cheese, right!?
My grandma used to make “chicken with mushrooms” regularly on Sundays, and it’s a dish that every single person in my family has tried to replicate, but no one has nailed it yet. Her chicken with mushrooms was a little different – she just dredged the chicken in flour, pan fried then simmered with the mushrooms in some chicken broth. No eggs or bread crumbs, no cheese, and no oven.
Her version was fantastic and everyone loved it, but if we can’t master it, then perhaps this recipe can become the new chicken with mushrooms for our family.
Coming full circle with the story, I have made this since Dominic was born and it IS really quick and easy. I was able to get the recipe assembled and into the oven while Joseph played with some toys on the kitchen floor and Dominic sat in his bouncy chair. Every time I’m able to complete a task with both boys awake or get them both down for a nap at the same time on my own, I seriously feel like super woman. The bar for a successful day has gone wayyyyyyyy down since I became a mom of two, ha!
While I’m totally loving this recipe as-is, I think the pan-fried cutlets would be an awesome base for an easy chicken Parmesan. If you keep some sauce in the pantry or freezer, it would be equally as quick!
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Cheesy Chicken with Mushrooms
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup (108 g) Italian bread crumbs
- 16 ounces (453.59 g) sliced mushrooms, divided
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, divided
- 2 pounds (907.18 g) boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 8 ounces (226.8 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup (235 ml) chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread half of the sliced mushrooms over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- Place the eggs and bread crumbs in two separate shallow dishes (pie plates work great for this).
- Dip the chicken breasts in the egg, then into the bread crumbs, patting them to adhere.
- In a 12-inch skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat until melted. Add half of the breaded chicken to the pan and saute until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place on top of the mushrooms in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining butter and chicken breasts.
- Sprinkle the remaining sliced mushrooms over the chicken, then top with the shredded mozzarella cheese. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake until the cheese is melted and browned, and the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.
- I recommend using the thin sliced chicken breasts, or chicken tenders.
- This dish is also great with Swiss cheese instead of mozzarella.
- You can choose to cover the dish with aluminum foil while baking to retain the juices, however the mozzarella cheese will not brown.
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Fabulous recipe ❤️
The recipe was easy to follow. It also turned out great! We added potatoes to the recipe which was a good addition.
I made it last night. It was so yummy, will make it again.
This was a soggy, disappointing dish. Severely lacking in flavor and the broth and mushrooms made the chicken soggy. I typically have great luck with recipes, but this was a huge let down.
What is the broth for? Does it need to dry up in the oven?
No, it doesn’t need to evaporate; it helps keep the chicken and mushrooms moist.
Can this be baked without bread crumbs?
Yes, for sure!
What sides did you serve this with?
Hi Danielle, rice and broccoli is a favorite combo for this dish.
wow, looks great, almost a mushroom lasagna, but not! Really different in a good way like most great family recipes, thanks to you and your aunt for this and congrats on baby number 2!
Thanks for the shout out!
Should you saute mushrooms first or are you putting them in oven raw ?
Pam, Just put them in raw!
That looks delicious! I can’t help but wonder what it would taste like with Marsala;)
Hi Michelle: This looks so yummy! I am not a huge mushroom lover, but recently was reading that they contain nutrients that my body is very depleted of and have been looking for some dishes I’d be interested in trying to get more mushroom goodness into my diet. Thanks!
Will try this today! Have already-sauted mushrooms in the fridge. A trick I use for the “breading station” is to re-use one of those food-grade plastic containers with the three sections for carrots, broccoli and cauliflower etc. that you pick up at the deli. I find clean up is easier than three separate pie plates.
This looks amazing!! Do you have any idea how well this dish freezes?
Hi Karin, I haven’t tried to freeze this, so I couldn’t say how well it would freeze/thaw.
I’d love a section or a time you’d regularly shared your own family favourites. My Grandmother used to make the same chicken as your Grandmother. We can’t duplicate it either. Must be the pans ?
Any recipe that shows stretchy cheese wins my heart. It looks delicious but I’m fascinated by your nonna’s recipe. It’s a shame that none of your aunts remember how she did it. And I do remember having two babies 13 months apart. But I said if I were to have two more I’d want them close together. They take naps at the same time and for me it was easier. Of course I didn’t blog or do anything else — I don’t know where you find the time. Your babies are so sweet!! Have a wonderful day.
Thank you for the sweet comment! We were happy to be able to have our boys close together! I just do things here and there when they’re napping or in bed :)