Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms ~ this earthy, stick-to-your-ribs skillet dinner is ideal for a chilly fall night!

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms is an easy and comforting meal whether yoy're having company or just sitting down with the family. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

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I have a weakness for creamy chicken dishes, I think most of us do, it must be in our dna.  Have you tried my Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tarragon and Mustard Sauce?  Or my Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives?  When you say ‘comfort food’ this is the kind of thing that springs to my mind, and when I know something like this Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms is on the menu, I look forward to dinner all day long.

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms is a hearty, comforting one pot meal. ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

It’s the combination of ingredients in this dish that gives it that restaurant quality, but happily there’s no extra effort involved.  It’s a simple matter of using a shallot instead of an onion, deglazing the pan with Marsala wine, and using plenty of fresh thyme and heavy cream that elevates this dish and gives it a fancy vibe.

TIP: To keep the chicken skin crispy, don’t cover the top of the thighs with sauce.

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms is the perfect fall one pot meal! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Wild rice is one of my favorite fall ingredients…the long dark grains are actually a type of marsh grass native to the Great Lakes.  Most stores carry it next to the regular rice, and it usually comes in a slender box.

TIP: To cook wild rice, bring at least 3 times as much cold water to a boil, add rice, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for approximately 40-50 minutes, or just until tender, and then drain.  The rice should be characteristically chewy, so don’t over cook it.

Wild rice for Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com
Wild rice gives a boost of color and nutty flavor to lots of dishes.  It looks really pretty and has a firm, chewy texture.  Both my Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts and Basmati and Wild Rice with Chickpeas, Currents and Herbs are naturally vegan and gluten free and would be a fabulous addition to any fall or holiday table.

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Yield: serves 4

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 8 bone in, skin on, chicken thighs
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 large shallots, finely minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (your choice, I used shitake and cremini)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 Tbsp Wondra flour
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth or stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
    garnish
  • more fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 400F
  2. Season the thighs on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown the thighs, skin side down first, for about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the chicken for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Set aside.
  5. Drain off any excess fat from the skillet, leaving a little behind in the pan. Saute the shallots for 3-5 minutes, until softened. Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves to the pan and continue sauteing for another 5 minutes, until the mushrooms have released their moisture and softened. Add the Marsala wine to the pan and bring up to a simmer. Remove the shallots and mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
  6. Melt the remaining butter in the pan and add the flour, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the stock to the pan and whisk to combine. Add the cream and stir while the mixture comes up to a simmer. Taste the sauce to adjust the seasonings.
  7. Put the mushrooms back into the skillet, along with the wild rice. Bring everything up to a simmer. Nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce, and heat until the chicken is warmed through. Serve garnished with more fresh thyme.
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notes:

  • The sauce will thicken after chilling, so for leftovers, just thin with a little stock, milk, or cream.
  • You can cut calories in this creamy chicken with wild rice and mushrooms by using half and half in place of the cream.

Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice and Mushrooms is a classic Fall comfort dish ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

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18 Comments

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    Susan A
    October 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    This was THE PERFECT Monday night dinner! Thanks, Sue, for a new favorite! I love your recipes and beautiful dishes/photography.

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    Dom
    October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

    oh yes! You know I do love chicken thighs and this dish simply looks breathtaking. I’m a HUGE wild rice fan too but rarely cook with it which is so bizarre but I will remedy that this weekend! I love how creamy this is too. The Viking and I were just discussing how much we prefer creamy dishes to tomato dishes… SO bad but So good!

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    Susan
    October 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

    You’ve set off a Pavlov’s response with these photos, Sue! Gosh, this looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Sue
      October 13, 2016 at 7:45 am

      haha :)

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    2pots2cook
    October 12, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Oh boy ! Perfect way to make chicken. You are great ! Thank you !

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    Erin
    October 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    You’re right, perfect Fall comfort food!

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 11, 2016 at 7:59 am

    This is my kind of dinner too, especially on a cool, crisp evening. It looks so fancy too!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I could go for this dish right about now :) What a comforting and delicious looking skillet that is! Love the the chicken with the wild rice and mushrooms. Such great flavours together.

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    Matt @ RoughEats
    October 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I like chicken and wild rice, but I love mushrooms. Sounds like a winner!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    October 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Oh my creamy goodness, this looks so satisfying. I don’t make wild rice enough! Thanks for the reminder!

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    Natalie
    October 10, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Sue, how many of your recipes have I made? Dozens! They are always exceptionally delicious and I am never afraid to make a first attempt with guests because I know they will turn out perfectly. Thank you for being one of my very favorite sites for great recipes! Please keep sharing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 10, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Oh Natalie, my day will be alot brighter after reading this — thank you!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    October 10, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Love the creamy and nutty texture of this dish, Sue. So perfect in the fall. I’m a big fan of wild rice and this combo just makes me want to do the happy dance to the dinner table. Sharing!

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    Adina
    October 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I have a weakness for chicken dishes as well, creamy or not creamy… :) This looks so delicious and I just love the list of ingredients!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I love anything with wild rice in it these days, thanks for stopping by Adina :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    October 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

    My mouth is watering terribly, Sue. Gorgeous shot of those wild rice and this dish looks to die for!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Wow – just wow! I love this pan of gorgeous chicken, mushrooms and all that wild rice – perfect comfort food! Pinning!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 10, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Tricia!

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