Last fall, sometime near Thanksgiving, I ran into one pound packages of fresh chanterelle mushrooms, an item I hadn't seen in years around these parts. I scooped up a package, brought them home and used them for a creamy mushroom-gruyere sauce for chicken. I should have bought the whole store out and just eaten this dish for a week! —inpatskitchen
For the chicken
six to eight ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded a bit to even them out
eggs lightly beaten with a few tablespoons of water
panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
For the sauce
extra virgin olive oil
medium shallot, minced
A pinch of dried thyme, crushed between your fingers
pound chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned and cut into good size chunks (or substitute another mushroom)
instant flour (plus more if needed)
cup dry white wine
cups half and half (plus a little more if needed to thin out the sauce)
Begin by heating enough vegetable oil in a large skillet to come up about a half inch in the pan. Get the oil nice and hot while you're breading the chicken.
Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. Set up a breading station and dredge the chicken first in the flour, then the beaten egg and finally the panko.
Brown the chicken on both sides until golden and then place them in a shallow baking dish. While you make the sauce, bake the breasts in a 350F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
For the sauce
In a large saute pan, heat the oil and butter, add the shallot and saute until it softens. Add the mushrooms and thyme and continue to saute until the mushrooms give off their liquid. Continue to saute to let the liquid almost evaporate. Stir in the instant flour.
Add the salt, pepper and wine. Simmer for about one minute.
Stir in the half and half, bring up to a simmer and cook to thicken the sauce. If you like a thinner sauce, add a little more of the half and half. You can always sprinkle in a little more instant flour to find the right consistency. You want to simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
Turn off the heat and stir in the shredded cheese. ladle the sauce over the chicken and enjoy!
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!