One-Pan Skillet Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

This One-Pan Skillet Chicken with Mushroom Sauce is the perfect weeknight meal! This skillet chicken recipe is made with juicy bites of chicken breast simmered in a simple and flavorful mushroom sauce. Enjoy over white rice, pasta, or cauliflower rice for an easy, well-rounded dinner option.

a fork being plunged into a white bowl with skillet chicken in mushroom sauce.

Easy Skillet Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

I’m all about one pan meals. They truly are the best. I mean, who wants to come home and clean up multiple pans and dishes after a long day? Not me!

This One-Pan Chicken with Mushroom Sauce is the perfect weeknight dinner. It’s simple to make, but loaded with the best flavors. This skillet chicken recipe is packed with aromatic veggies and a comforting, oh-so-flavorful sauce. It’s ready in a total of 20 minutes and it’s a dinner the whole family will love.

Plus, you can enjoy it to the fullest since you know you won’t have to spend a ton of time cleaning up the kitchen after dinner! Win!

Can You Cook Chicken in a Pan Without Drying it Out?

Absolutely! Especially if you cook it in a flavorful mushroom sauce. While there are plenty of ways to avoid drying our your chicken, there really isn’t much to worry about with this recipe.

Since the chicken is cut into cubes, it cooks super quickly which lowers the risk of it drying out. It also spends most of its cooking time simmering in a delicious mushroom sauce which adds tons of flavor and plenty of moisture!

overhead of a skillet pan filled with cubed chicken.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken: You’ll need 1 pound of boneless chicken breasts cubed into even pieces.
  • Oil or Butter: Either olive oil or grass-fed butter work great to sear the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: A little bit of salt and pepper is all you need to season the chicken. The sauce adds plenty of flavor!

Mushroom Sauce

  • Butter: You’ll need just a little bit of butter to add flavor and sauté the aromatics.
  • Aromatics: We’re creating a flavor base with sautéed garlic and onion.
  • Cremini Mushrooms: Cremini mushrooms are like baby portobello. I love the flavor they add to this dish. If you can’t find cremini, portebello or regular white mushrooms will work too.
  • Broth: I use organic chicken bone broth, but feel free to use what you have on hand. You can also make a homemade chicken broth in the instant pot or slow cooker!
  • Red Wine: A splash of red wine deepens the flavor of the sauce.
  • Herbs and Seasonings: We’re seasoning our sauce with a simple combination of thyme, bay leaf, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
ingredients for one-pan chicken with mushroom sauce.

How to Make One-Pan Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

This simple skillet chicken recipe comes together in a total of 20 minutes! Here’s a quick summary of the recipe:

  1. Sear the chicken: Heat oil or butter in a skillet. Once hot, add in the cubed chicken and sauté until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Make the sauce: In the sauce pan, add more butter, onion, and garlic. Sauté for a couple minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine: Add the chicken back into the skillet along with chicken broth, red wine, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
overhead of a skillet with chicken in sauce.

How Long Does Chicken Take to Cook in a Pan?

That depends on the size and thickness of the chicken you’re cooking. For this skillet chicken recipe, I like to chop the chicken cubes. The smaller pieces allows the chicken to cook much more quickly than it would if it were left as a whole chicken breast.

If you’re looking for more specific time estimates, plan for 2-3 minutes of browning, then 8-10 minutes of simmering in the sauce.

TIP: Cube the chicken evenly! We want pieces that are all the same size so they cook at the same rate!

How Do You Know When Chicken in a Skillet is Done?

The best way to know when the chicken is done cooking is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be 165ºF.

a piece of chicken being lifted out of a bowl with a spoon.

How Do You Thicken Mushroom Sauce?

the mushroom sauce will naturally thicken as it simmers in the pan and as moisture evaporates. It will also thicken up considerably as it cools. With that in mind, I wouldn’t do anything to alter the texture right away.

If you do know you want a thicker mushroom sauce, you can thicken it quickly by adding a cornstarch slurry. Simply mix together equal parts cornstarch and water, then whisk that into the sauce (very little bits at a time) until your desired texture is reached.

closeup of a skillet pan filled with cubes of chicken and a fork.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken with mushroom is definitely a lighter meal on its own, so I love to serve it over:

How to Store

Leftover chicken with mushroom sauce will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. It can also be wrapped tightly and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen, then warm on low on the stove until heated through.

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One-Pan Chicken in Mushroom Sauce

This One-Pan Chicken with Mushroom Sauce is the perfect weeknight meal! This skillet chicken recipe is made with juicy bites of chicken breast simmered in a simple and flavorful mushroom sauce. Enjoy over white rice or cauliflower rice for an easy, well-rounded dinner option.

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Mushroom Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 container cremini mushrooms (can sub other!)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 springs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet heat oil or butter and sauté chicken for 2-3 minutes, not fully cooked. Set chicken aside on a plate.
  3. In the same skillet add butter, dicd onion, and minced garlic. Sauté for 2-5 minutes or until soft and fragrant. 
  4. Add in the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, mixing often to allow for water to cook out.
  5. Add back in chicken into the skillet.
  6. Add chicken broth, red wine, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  7. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 8-10 minutes, until sauce thickens. Serve!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: As served
  • Calories: 335
  • Sugar: 1.9g
  • Sodium: 225mg
  • Fat: 17.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 36.5g
  • Cholesterol: 116mg

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January 12, 2023

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  1. Loved it!! Although I wouldn’t call this 4 servings, more like dinner for two with a small amount leftover.

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