Chicken with mushrooms in a Madeira sauce recipe

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10 min


35 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 663 kCal 33%
Fat 52g 74%

This classic, creamy chicken dish makes a perfect romantic dinner for two


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 free-range skinless chicken breasts (see top tip, below)
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and kept whole
  • 100ml (3½fl oz) white wine
  • 4 tbsp Madeira (or Marsala or dry sherry)
  • 142ml carton double cream
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 portabellini or chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • New potatoes and sugar-snap peas, to serve


  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken, skinned-side down, along with the onion slices and garlic clove. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, then turn the chicken over and stir the onion occasionally.

  • Pour in the white wine and let it reduce by half. Stir in the Madeira and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the cream and simmer for a few more minutes, until heated through and thickened a little. Turn off the heat and leave to rest for a couple of minutes.

  • Heat the butter in a small pan and cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes.

  • Take the chicken out of the pan and slice it through, if you like. Reheat the sauce, remove the garlic, and spoon sauce on to 2 warm plates. Place the chicken on the sauce and arrange the mushrooms on top. Serve with potatoes and sugar-snap peas.

Top tip for making Chicken with mushrooms in a Madeira sauce

The chicken breasts will cook more quickly and evenly if you flatten them to an even thickness. Do this by putting them between 2 sheets of cling film and gently pounding them with a rolling pin until about 1.5cm (½in) thick.

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