A delicious, easy, and budget-friendly meal – it’s almost too good to be true! Creamy chicken and mushrooms with rice is comforting, satisfying, and tasty.
Cold, blustery weather makes me want to warm up with something creamy, comforting…and easy to make, and this recipe fits the bill.
Here in Michigan, we surprisingly don’t have much snow (can I find some wood to knock on?), but I know a lot of the country got a ton of snow this weekend. I’m not complaining about the lack of snow (no way!) but it is pretty cold. Such is life, of course, but it’s nothing some good comfort food can’t fix.
This is definitely comfort food. Tender chicken, flavorful mushrooms, and a rich creamy sauce…what could be better? I serve it over brown rice, but it would be great over farro, whole wheat pasta, jasmine rice, or even quinoa.
Many similar recipes use heavy cream (yum!) but I lightened it up slightly with skim milk, reduced-fat cream cheese, and then of course, sharp cheddar. I love the sharpness of a good extra sharp cheddar because it gives a huge punch of flavor without having to pile it on.
About this Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms Recipe
We’re focusing on low-cost, budget-friendly meals with Milk Means More this month and this recipe fits the bill. Chicken thighs are a less expensive part of the chicken than the breasts (although boneless skinless chicken breasts would work perfectly, as well). If you want to save even more money, buy bone in chicken thighs with the skin on, and debone the meat of the thigh yourself. Me, I like to take a shortcut here and there, so I usually buy boneless and skinless chicken thighs. Mushrooms add more meaty texture with having to add a bunch of extra chicken.
Leftovers are great too! I recommend heating them up slowly on the stove rather than microwaving.
PS: Looking for more ways to get lots of protein without spending a ton of money? At only $0.25 per 8 oz serving, milk is a bargain, providing 8 grams of high-quality protein. Other great options are yogurt and cottage cheese which typically cost less than $1 per serving.
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- Pizza Chicken (one pan, 5 ingredients)
Serving Size: 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 252mg Sodium: 562mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 53g
Husband’s take: He’s not a huge fan of creamy sauces typically but he LOVES this. So do my in-laws.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy peasy.
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