A delicious and restaurant quality creamy chicken mushroom recipe with garlic, parmesan cheese, and spinach!
This quick and easy one skillet chicken dish is low carb with less than 5g of carbohydrates. Serve with your choice of rice or pasta and you'll definitely have a gourmet dinner.
This chicken thigh recipe is so flexible, brimming with delightful flavors, and is ready in 30 minutes or less.
The Ingredients to a Creamy Chicken Mushroom
You can make this recipe as simple or elaborate as you can. Aside from the basic ingredients, you can add herbs like thyme and rosemary as chicken rub, red pepper flakes for spiciness, etc.
You may also add a secondary meat like fried bacon bits and even substitute or skip some of the ingredients.
But for this particular recipe, I made it as straightforward as I can using ingredients that are available in my pantry.
This creamy chicken mushroom is good for 4-6 servings.
You will need 6 pieces of chicken thighs that are skinless and boneless. Your local grocery store usually sells this as 1 pack approximately one and a half pound.
Substitute option: chicken breasts, 2 pieces medium size, sliced lengthwise/horizontal
I love cremini mushrooms especially the whole ones. Slicing them is just so satisfying (I'm weird like that!). I don't recommend buying the sliced ones. I don't find them fresh. 1 pack is usually 8 oz. You can add more up to 12 oz.
Substitute option: White mushrooms or any button mushroom. You may use canned pieces and stems too if that's the only available in your area.
If you want your creamy sauce thick, use 1 cup heavy cream.
Substitute option: Half and half. The sauce will be not as thick so you have to add 1 tbsp flour.
Three-forth cup of shredded parmesan cheese is perfect. You may also use the grated or finely shredded options by just one-half cup.
Half cup chicken broth for added flavor. If using bouillon cubes or granules, dissolve half cube or half teaspoon of granules in half cup of boiling water. Use this calculator for broth to bouillon conversion.
This recipe calls for both fresh and powdered garlic. If you don't have both, you can double the amount of what you have.
1 cup either sliced or whole leaves. Spinach has lots of minerals and vitamins. They wilt and disappear when cooked and becomes slimy. Do not overcook as they tend to leave lingering bitter taste. Remove the stems if using large and dark spinach leaves . I recommend putting them last.
For the cream. You may use salted butter too, you just need to adjust the amount of salt.
For searing the chicken thighs. You may use any oil available you have like vegetable or canola.
Salt and pepper to taste.
In my opinion, salt and pepper that have grinder/shaker work best for me. I tend to over season when using the measuring spoon.
How to Make Creamy Chicken Mushroom
You only need one skillet in making this creamy chicken mushroom recipe. Once you've gathered all the needed ingredients, it's time to start cooking.
Wash the chicken and pat them dry.
Searing the Chicken
Put one to two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan or skillet. Sear the chicken for 4-5 minutes each side in medium heat until both sides are golden brown. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set them aside. You may sprinkle some salt and pepper to the chicken.
Using the same pan, add the cremini mushrooms. Cook them until slightly soft. Do not overcook. Remove the mushrooms and set them aside.
The Creamy Chicken Mushroom Sauce
Now time to make the sauce. Again, using the same pan, add the butter until melted. Then put the minced garlic and saute until soft. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic and parmesan cheese.
Adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the sauce becomes creamy or thick as desired.
It's time to combine all together. Put back the chicken and mushroom. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Lastly, add the spinach, combine and remove from heat.
Best serve hot with your favorite choice of rice or pasta.
This recipe is also best for meal prep. Divide it in 6 servings and it is good for 3 days worth of meals both lunch and dinner.
You can store and reheat this dish for up to three days. But in my case this dish did not last long. It's so delicious that we finished it in a day.
Please don't forget to share! 😉
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Creamy Chicken Mushroom
For the Searing
- 6 pieces chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
- 8 oz cremini mushroooms, sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the Creamy Sauce
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup shredded parmesan or 1/2 c grated/finely shredded parmesan
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup spinach
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp flour or cornstarch (optional) if you want a thick creamy sauce
- In a skillet or pan, heat olive oil. Lightly fry the chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes each side in medium heat until both sides are golden brown. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set them aside. You may sprinkle the chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- Using the same pan, add the cremini mushrooms. Cook them until slightly soft. Do not overcook. Remove the mushrooms and also set them aside.
- Again, using the same pan, add the butter until melted. Then put the minced garlic and saute until soft. Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic and parmesan cheese. Adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes or until the sauce becomes creamy or thick as desired. If the sauce is not thick enough mix 1 TBSP of flour or cornstarch to 1 TBSP of water and pour to the sauce.
- It’s time to combine all together. Put back the chicken and mushroom. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Lastly, add the spinach and combine. Remove immediately from heat.
- Serve hot with choice of rice or pasta. Enjoy!
- You may use chicken breast instead of the thighs
- White button mushrooms or canned mushrooms is ok
- If using half and half, add 1-2 tbsp of flour to make the sauce thick
- Double the amount of minced garlic if you don't have garlic powder or vice versa
- Adjust salt accordingly if using salted butter
Barbara Shryack says
This was delicious. I had a pkg of cremini mushrooms I wanted to use up along with a pkg of shredded chicken & leftover spinach. I bought some cream & started cooking. Good thing too, as my adult son came by so was able to have something to eat.
We're glad you enjoyed it!
Kathy J says
I found the spinach 😁
Kathy J says
The recipe title includes spinach, but the recipe did not. Do you add in the spinach when cooking the mushrooms?
I make a double or triple batch of this and put it up in the freezer for a fast meal later in the month minus the noodles which I cook fresh when I reheat the sauce. Our family loves this recipe so very good
Made this and it was so good. I did not add flour because I am off sugar and white flour but I served over steamed broccoli. The sauce was very thin but taste wonderful. I had to use jar mushrooms because I did not want to go to store and I used chicken tenders. Hubby liked it too.
Used chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces. It’s what I had. Left out spinach. It’s what I didn’t have. Was still amazing! Family gave it a 5/5 and definitely a keeper (family speak for please make again). Probably will double the sauce cause it was so good. Served with rice but next time I’m going to try angel hair pasta for some variety. And it’s even Keto for me. Definitely recommend!
thank you, I'm glad you loved it!
Mary J says
Made this tonight and my husband and I loved it , the sauce was a bit loose but I think that was my fault and an easy fix. We are going to have cauliflower mash with it next time so even if the sauce isn’t super thick it will be great with the mash . Thanks for a great recipe
Stephanie Dunbar says
Can this made a day ahead? If so, how can it be reheated for the next nights dinner?
I have not tried making this ahead yet, but one time we had leftovers and ate it the next day and it still tasted good. Just keep it as you normally would with a leftover in an airtight container in the fridge, then reheat in the microwave.