Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Madeira Sauce

Sliced cheese is easier to stuff into the chicken breasts than shredded cheese; you can buy small amounts at the deli. Crimini mushrooms are dark brown and have a fuller flavor than button mushrooms. Serve Madeira sauce over the chicken and garnish with more mushrooms and thyme.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 2 tablespoons sauce)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 207
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 6.9g
  • Saturated fat: 3.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Carbohydrate: 4.1g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 207mg
  • Calcium: 117mg

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups diced crimini or button mushrooms
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
  • 4 (1/2-ounce) slices Gouda or fontina cheese
  • 3/4 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Madeira or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 small crimini or button mushrooms, halved (optional)
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add diced mushrooms and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in pepper, and set aside.
  2. Cut a horizontal slit through the thickest portion of each breast half to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tablespoons mushroom mixture and 1 slice cheese into each pocket.
  3. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from skillet. Set aside; keep warm.
  4. Add broth and Madeira to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until reduced to 3/4 cup. Combine cornstarch and water; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Return chicken to skillet; cover and simmer 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve sauce with chicken; garnish with mushrooms and thyme, if desired.
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