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Tender Golden Chicken thighs, in a rich easy fresh mushroom and herb cream sauce, combine in one skillet for a scrumptious dinner you’ll want to make again and again!

I realize it’s that “pre-Holiday” time of year with a million pumpkin and turkey recipes. Don’t get me wrong…I love everything pumpkin… and nothing beats the smell of a Turkey cooking in your kitchen! However, we can’t eat Turkey and stuffing all month long…well maybe you can, but I like to have a diversity at my dinner table. 

I love a dish that is made in one skillet (my winter dry dish pan hands thank me!), is easy to make, and loaded with flavor! This is THAT dish!

The combination of mushrooms, wine, herbs and cream…create an absolutely amazing sauce for those budget friendly chicken thighs! Bonus…it’s a great dish that you can throw together on those extra busy nights. What Mom doesn’t love that?!!

If you love flavor this is a dish you and your family will love. It can be served over rice, noodles, or just on it’s own. Let’s get cooking!

How To Make Chicken Thighs and Mushroom Wine Sauce

Before beginning to cook this dish I highly recommend preparing all the ingredients before hand. Because this is a one skillet dish, you need everything ready at a moments notice. You don’t have time to be chopping ingredients during cooking.

What to Prepare ahead of time…

  • 2 Cups sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped chives and parsley
  • 6-8 chicken thighs, washed, rinsed and patted dry
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil and 2 Tablespoon Butter

In a large heavy skillet, like a cast iron skillet, over medium high heat add 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 2 Tablespoons butter. 

As the butter is melting and the skillet is pre-heating, rinse and pat dry 8 bone-in chicken thighs. Season with Salt and Pepper. I salt and pepper to taste, but if you’re looking for an exact measurement it’s about ½ teaspoon salt and pepper for all the prepared chicken thighs.

Chicken Thighs washed and patted dried and seasoned with salt and pepper

Carefully place chicken thighs, about ½ inch apart, skin side down in the preheated prepared skillet over medium high heat. I recommend always starting skin side down, this way the chicken has a chance to create that golden crispy skin! 

Note: Watch out for popping grease. I recommend using a splatter screen when frying to minimize the mess and the potential of getting popped with hot oil.

Chicken thighs skin side down in hot skillet with olive oil frying

Allow the chicken to brown 10-15 minutes until the edges of the skin begin to turn golden brown. You may need to reduce the temperature of your stove top if the chicken is cooking to quickly.

Using a pair of long handled tongs, carefully turn each chicken thigh over to brown the bottoms. Continue cooking until juice run clear or chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F on a meat thermometer.  

Golden Chicken Thighs frying in skillet.

Remove chicken and place on a plate. Do not Drain the cooking juices! We need all that flavor for the sauce! So hold on to that yumminess!

Don’t they look great?! That golden crispy skin is key!!! Locks in all the juices and creates a really tender chicken thigh.

cooked chicken removed from skillet to a plate

Turn the heat down to medium. To the pan juices add 2 cups sliced mushrooms, ¼ cup finely chopped onion, and 1 Tablespoon minced garlic and Sautè until mushrooms are tender and onions are translucent. About 5 minutes. 

Mushrooms, onion, and garlic in skillet

Add ½ cup chicken broth and ½ cup of white cooking wine. If you don’t like to cook with cooking wine just use chicken broth. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. 

mushroom cooking in pan juices

Slow add ¼ cup heavy cream. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to a low simmer.

Adding cream sauce to mushroom mixture

Add 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 1 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives, and 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Slowly stir into the white cream wine sauce. Allow to simmer 3-4 minutes to release the flavors of the fresh herbs.

Adding herbs to mushroom sauce.

Add chicken thighs back into the mushroom sauce. Let mixture continue to cook on low for 5-10 minutes until cream sauce reduces by half and thickens.

Adding chicken thighs back into herbed mushroom sauce.

Spoon sauce over chicken breast before serving. Add additional sprigs of herbs, including parsley, to garnish. YUM!

Chicken thighs fully cooked in wine mushroom sauce spooned over chicken

Serve skillet chicken and mushroom sauce over rice or noodles. 

Isn’t that a spectacular dish! The chicken is tender and juicy. The Mushroom Garlic Wine sauce is scrumptious over rice. It’s plate lapping good! (Don’t do that though…you need to use a straw! lol) 

Honestly this is a dish you’d order in a fine dinning establishment, but you made it in minutes in your own kitchen with little Johnny clinging to your thigh crying because his sister stole his toy bouncy ball. Take that Ramsey! This is REAL cooking! lol (I’m just kidding. That man scares me! SCARES ME!!!) 

Chicken and mushroom sauce served over steamed rice

Serve this dish with a Caesar Salad loaded with avocado. Add a crusty loaf of French Bread, or my awesome Three Cheese Garlic Bread” , and you’ve got an amazing dinner with a one skillet main course! That’s a win my friends!

I’d love to tell you how good the leftovers are the next day…but I’d need leftovers to do that! Such was not the case, so I can only speak to the day of serving…and it was so good! I can’t wait to make this dish again!

Here are some of my other Favorite One Skillet Recipes

Thanks so much for stopping by my Nest today! I hope sometime during this busy Holiday Season you find the time to make this amazing dish. It’s so delicious with it’s creamy wine sauce and fresh herbs! It just can’t be beat!

Happy Nesting my Friends!

Photo of Norine with her signature

Yield: 4 servings

Skillet Chicken Thighs in Mushroom Wine Sauce

Skillet full of Chicken Thighs in Mushroom Cream Sauce

Tender Golden Chicken thighs, in a rich easy fresh mushroom and herb cream sauce, combine in one skillet for a scrumptious dinner you'll want to make again and again!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white cooking wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse, and pat dry chicken thigh. Season each chicken thigh with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, like cast iron, over medium-high heat, add olive oil and butter. Melt butter. Carefully add seasoned chicken thighs skin down, and cook for 10-15 minutes until edges of skin become golden brown. You may want to use a splatter screen to prevent oil from popping on you during cooking. Using tongs carefully turn each chicken thigh over.
  3. Brown bottom of each chicken thigh until juices run clear, or internal temperature reaches 165° on a meat thermometer. Using tongs remove chicken and place on plate. Set aside while making the Mushroom wine sauce. Do NOT drain skillet of pan juices.
  4. Turn heat down to medium. Add mushroom, garlic, and onion to pan juices. Saute for 5 minutes until mushrooms are soft, and onions are translucent.
  5. Add chicken broth and wine. Stir. Simmer for five minutes. Add heavy cream, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Add 2 sprigs of rosemary, chives, and 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme. Stir to incorporate allowing herbs to release their flavor in the sauce. Simmer an additional 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add cooked chicken thighs back into the skillet with the mushroom wine sauce and continue to simmer 5-10 minutes until cream sauce reduces by half, about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from heat. Spoon sauce over chicken. Garnish with the remainder of rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Serve over steamed rice or noodles.

 

 

 

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