4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 2 tablespoons 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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

anonymous12's Review

August 06, 2014
OMG this recipe is AMAZING!! I followed the other reviewer's suggestion and used smoked Gouda, and I only stuffed the cheese inside the chicken. I put two 8oz packages of regular sliced mushrooms into the sauce. I also had a 7.5oz pack of enoki mushrooms in my fridge that needed to be used up, so I used those as well. Never too many mushrooms in a dish! I completely forgot to add thyme at the end, and it didn't matter a bit. I also used way more garlic than what the recipe called for, and I'm glad I did. I can't wait to make this one again!!

Trish2011's Review

January 28, 2012
I love this recipe and have been using it for years. I use smoked Gouda and any kind of wine that I have. Since getting everything stuffed inside the chicken has always been a problem I just add the mushroom mixture to the sauce and only stuff the cheese inside.

beauthee's Review

January 06, 2010
This is a favorite of mine with alterations...I always alter recipes...with smoked gouda, this recipe takes on a whole new flavor combo.