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sunday dinner: pan sautéed chicken breasts with creamy mushrooms & shallots.

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We turned a new leaf in New York today. Daylight Savings Time is no longer and it was “aggressively crisp” out of doors (read: it was cold as balls). The wind whipped this way and that, and while the sun shone bright, its warmth was felt by few. I hate to say that winter is right around the corner, but today was the first day that made that feel like a reality.

When it comes to dinner, this weather brings in me a desire for something rich, something heartwarming. I want something along the lines of Thanksgiving dinner but without the three days of prep (Thanksgiving, my very favorite day of the year, is a few short weeks away, and I. AM. PUMPED).

This chicken dish is the perfect answer to my cravings; it’s deliciously full of rich, umami flavor but comes together quickly and easily. Also, BUTTER. Live it. Love it.

Side note: if you double the mushroom/shallot recipe, it’s a killer Thanksgiving side dish. Or any day side dish. YUM.

But I digress.

You ready? OK, let’s do this.

Pan Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Creamy Mushrooms & Shallots

You will need:

2 chicken breasts
4 tablespoons butter
1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
12 oz assorted mushrooms, sliced (such as baby portabellas, shitake, or oyster)
½ cup white wine (or chicken stock)
½ cup heavy cream
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
All purpose flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Grab your chicken breasts and place them between two pieces of plastic wrap on your cutting board. Pound the breasts to thin them out slightly using a meat tenderizer or a heavy-bottomed glass. Next, remove the plastic wrap and season your breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Put a handful or two of flour in a large plastic bag or on a plate, and dredge the chicken in the flour, thoroughly coating both sides.

Heat a sauté pan on medium-high heat and add a few tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts, shaking off any excess flour before adding to the pan, and cook until brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.

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Next, add two of the tablespoons of butter to the same pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme to the pan with the rest of the butter and season with salt and pepper. Sauté mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until cooked down and soft (add more butter along the way if pan gets too dry).

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Remove the pan from the heat and add the wine or chicken stock to deglaze. Return the pan to the stove and cook down until the alcohol evaporates. Remove the pan from the stove again and add the cream. Return it to the stove, turn the heat down to medium-low and add the chicken back to the pan. Simmer until the mushrooms are tender and the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, stirring occasionally, about 3-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

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I paired my chicken with these babies, one of my very favorite sides EVAH (I worship at the altar of Ina Garten).

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Add your favorite glass of wine and you’re all set with a cozy meal that is rich and earthy and delicious — one that tastes much more complex than the actual execution of the dish.

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I went crazy and made myself a little apple galette for dessert…but that’s a recipe for another day.

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