Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
14 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 1/3 cup mushroom sauce)

Flavorful herbs and spices, sherry, shallots, and mushrooms give these plain chicken breasts rich flavor. Refrigerated mashed potatoes and broccoli complete the meal. If you don't care to use the wine, you can use cooking sherry and omit the salt.  Or, you can use 1/3 cup of chicken broth.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/3-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; coat with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until browned.

Step 2

While chicken cooks, cut shallots vertically into thin slices. Remove chicken from pan. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms and shallots to pan; coat vegetables with cooking spray. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in sherry and marjoram. Return chicken to pan; cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and chicken is done. Transfer chicken to a platter. Pour mushroom mixture over chicken; sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

Marjoram is oregano's mild cousin. Crush the dried leaves to release their delicate flavor. For this recipe, use the largest shallots you can find; three large shallots should yield 1 cup of slices.

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast

Ratings & Reviews

OK, But Not Worth Repeating

May 25, 2015
Nothing particularly wrong with this recipe but it was rather boring. I won't bother to make it again. I suppose you can improve it as some suggest by adding mustard or other seasonings but what's the point. If you have to make a bunch of changes then it really isn't the same recipe.

Amy2696's Review

November 07, 2013
It was okay, but not something I will make again.

PhyllisBP's Review

July 02, 2012
I am a bit of a 'foodie,' enjoying food that is full of flavor. This recipe did not cut it for me. I could follow the suggestion of a previous reviewer and try adding mustard or something to punch it up, but I will probably just not make it again. Too bland.


March 31, 2016
Wow, for a low-sodium recipe, this one rocked it! I served it over wild rice, with garlic squash on the side. Very good!

stacy12345's Review

May 06, 2013
Quick, easy, and good!

mamardo3's Review

November 12, 2012
This was good, except should have been cooked a bit shorter than I did.I cooked it for 20 minutes. I added chopped onions with mushrooms as well as fresh basil, marjoram and adobo. Flavor was good. would add chicken broth at the end in place of water.

czimney's Review

April 08, 2012
Delicious! Added some chicken broth and cooked the mushrooms a little longer so they could soak in all the sauce :)

MarkSz's Review

February 10, 2012
This was an easy, very good recipe. I used white wine (for sherry) that I doubled in amount. I also added about the same amount of chicken stock. I like having sauce. I did let it cook down some before serving. My wife and I both felt it need more salt and pepper. We served it with Yukon Gold mashed potatos and roasted Aspargus. I will make this again

vgabela's Review

October 11, 2011
I need to be creative about cooking light for my husband. He is always looking for foods that full of flavor such as fried or smothered in cheese. This was a big hit. The chicken comes out so juicy and flavorful. My husband loved this dish and came back for more. I am always cooking light for myself but I get bored of grilled chicken and fish. This was awesome and so easy. It is definitely going into my top recipes and would serve this to anyone not just those looking for light meals.

DMSwift's Review

August 22, 2011
Fast, Tasty, Healthy! My husband loves this we make it almost every week. Sometimes with rice or pasta and steamed broccoli.