Champagne Chicken Recipe

When it comes to making easy but delicious dinners, you can't go wrong with chicken. Whether you enjoy cooking with chicken breasts, tenderloins, or wings, you can really get creative with how you cook, season, and serve the meat. Recipe developer Jessica Morone knows a thing or two about getting creative with chicken — case in point, her champagne chicken recipe.

"Chicken with a creamy wine sauce is pretty much my favorite entrée," Morone says. "It's what I always order when I go out, and what I tend to make for special occasions." She also notes that the creamy champagne sauce is one of her favorite elements of the dish, and it's perfect if you're looking to impress your guests. "This dish can be served when you are trying to impress people at an elegant dinner, but it's also so easy that you can make it for a weeknight dinner," she explains. Though this dish is elegant, it's really not much harder to make than any other chicken dish. The champagne gives it a lovely flair of elegance, and along with some mushrooms thrown into the mix, there's quite a bit to love about this creamy chicken recipe.

Gather the ingredients to make champagne chicken

Before you can make this recipe, you'll want to make sure that you have the right ingredients on hand. For starters, you'll need a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Next, you'll need some olive oil, sliced mushrooms, unsalted butter, a minced shallot, champagne or sparkling white wine, heavy cream, chicken broth, and finally some fresh chopped parsley as garnish.

Now, you may be wondering how the champagne elevates this dish. "The champagne gives the dish a really special flavor," Morone explains. "But you don't need to use expensive champagne to make this. [Any] sparkling white wine works for this dish." Also, as far as ingredient subs, you could use a different kind of broth, like vegetable broth, a different kind of onion, or swap the heavy cream for milk or half and half. Of course, to maintain the decadence of the dish, it's best to stay true to the recipe.

Season and cook the chicken breasts

Now that your ingredients are sorted, you can get to cooking. First, you'll want to season the chicken breasts. Make sure you cut each breast in half horizontally, so that you have four even fillets. Then, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and the garlic powder in a small bowl. Coat each chicken fillet in this mixture.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter. Add the chicken into the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes on each side. One of the benefits of cutting each breast in half is that the pieces become much thinner, making them cook faster. Once the chicken is done cooking, set each fillet aside.

Sauté the mushrooms and shallot

In the same skillet, add another tablespoon each of olive oil and butter. Add the mushrooms in and sprinkle them with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook them for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to soften. At that point, transfer the mushrooms to the plate with the chicken.

Now, still working in the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, along with the shallots. Cook them for 3-4 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown.

Make the creamy champagne sauce and serve

After your shallots have started to brown, keep them in the skillet and pour in the champagne. Allow the champagne to simmer for 5 minutes, then add the heavy cream and chicken broth. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes, and you'll notice the sauce begin to thicken. At this point, add the chicken and mushrooms back into the pan, coating them evenly with the sauce. Continue cooking until the chicken warms up again, then garnish with the fresh parsley, if desired.

Just like that, you're ready to enjoy this elegant chicken dish! "One of the best things about this dish is the sauce that you can put on pretty much any side dish. It's great with pasta, rice, potatoes, or vegetables," Morone says of pairing options. Of course, this dish is also perfectly satisfying on its own, and we think you'll love the flavors of this creamy champagne chicken.

Champagne Chicken Recipe
5 from 35 ratings
When you're looking for a way to impress your guests without actually working very hard, try your hand at this easy champagne chicken recipe.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
20
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
creamy chicken in pan
Total time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally to make four fillets
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • ½ cup champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Optional Ingredients
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
Directions
  1. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and garlic powder. Coat the chicken breast fillets in the flour mixture and set them aside.
  2. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it's golden on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a separate plate.
  3. Using the same pan, add 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add in the mushrooms and sprinkle them with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms start to soften. Transfer the mushrooms to the plate with the chicken.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan with the shallots and cook for 3-4 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the shallots start to brown.
  5. Pour the champagne into the pan and bring it to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the heavy cream and chicken broth and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  7. Add the chicken and mushrooms back to the pan and coat them with sauce, heating until warm. Once heated, garnish the meal with the parsley and serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 672
Total Fat 43.1 g
Saturated Fat 19.9 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 221.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 21.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 5.2 g
Sodium 929.2 mg
Protein 44.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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