Friday, January 25, 2013

Balsamic Cream Chicken with Mushrooms and Onions

[This recipe was originally posted in conjunction with the Meijer ad week of 1/27/13 - 2/2/13]

I pin a lot of recipes, and I even try some of them!  This recipe is one of the few that have been repinned to my "Made and Loved" board.  Not every recipe makes the cut, but this one was so good that I wanted to make it again the following week!  My sad photography skills do NOT do this chicken any favors.  But just trust me on this one.  (Or you can check out a better picture at the site of the original recipe.) The chicken was tender, and the sauce was full of delicious in, upscale-Italian-restaurant-delicious-flavor!

I originally found this recipe over at Peace, Love, and Low CarbOptions and Tips
  • I'm going to be honest here:  this is one of those recipes that you need to start about 45 minutes before you plan to eat.  You won't be actually working for the entire 45 minutes, because there are times when the chicken and/or sauce just has to simmer.  But be prepared to spend some time in the kitchen for this one.  And it's oh-so-worth-it!
  • Time-saving tips:  1.  Wash, dry, and chop your mushrooms ahead of time.  Slice the onion ahead of time.  2.  The recipe says to carmelize the onions first and set them aside, but I actually started the chicken and sauce first, and then worked on carmelizing the onions while the chicken and sauce were simmering.
  • I used baby bella mushrooms for this recipe.
  • Calorie-saving tip: use half and half instead of heavy cream, or use a higher-fat milk and thicken it with a bit of cornstarch/milk mixture.  It won't be quite as creamy, but still good.
  • Keep your side dishes simple.  This recipe requires a hands-on time off and on throughout the cooking process.  Therefore, if you have a potato dish that is made ahead and baking in the oven, you won't have to fuss with that while you're working on the chicken.
  • Instead of serving this chicken with a potato or rice dish, you could double the sauce recipe and serve it over pasta.
  • "Peace and Love" was listed as an ingredient in the original.  After reading the comments, I'm still not sure if it's a real ingredient or not.  Either way, I didn't use any spice called Peace and Love, so you can make it without it and it will still be delicious.
  • I did weigh my chicken, just out of curiousity.  The recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs of chicken breast, and I was able to get 6 medium-sized pieces out of that 1 1/2 lbs.
This recipe comes from Ooh Shiny!


  1. I follow her blog, she adds 2 T Peace and Love after every recipe, it's just a thing she does, not a real ingredient.

    1. LOL, I was pretty sure you figured that out already - I just hadn't commented to your blog yet and wanted to see how it worked so I threw that out there. I really enjoy your posts - thank you for your work!

    2. Nope, I actually hadn't figured that out. I should have poked around on her blog a bit more, but I just read through the comments on the chicken recipe, where someone asked if it was an actual spice. She replied with some explanation of how it's hard to find (and it sounded really far-fetched)...but then she said to check Trader Joe's. I wasn't quite sure what to think! So, I was being serious when I said "thanks for the info". I appreciate you clearing it up!

  2. Well in that case, glad I could help out! BTW, because of you I bought a Vidalia Chop Wizard. I love that thing and use it several times a week - thank you for featuring it, it's my favorite gadget.

  3. Loved this chicken recipe! Decided to try it out on the family last night after you posted it on here. Turned out great!