When we think about comfort food, potatoes and chicken are some of the first ingredients that come to mind. Potatoes have a way of making everything look and taste a hundred times better. Whether it’s with chicken or any other meat, potatoes are a must-have side dish. It’s a convenient ingredient combo that takes just a few minutes to prepare.
When we talk about potatoes and mushrooms as side dishes, there’s nothing better than having chicken au-gratin as the main star of the day. The crumble and crust on top paired with the creamy potatoes and mushrooms take the dish to a whole new level. For those of you who are not aware, when you cook a dish au-gratin, you sprinkle it with breadcrumbs and brown the top by letting it bake a few seconds in the oven.
The phrase au-gratin is French, which literally translates to “by grating” or “with a crust”. So, you can imagine the dish we will discuss today is some beautifully cooked chicken with a glazy brown crust on top that you can savor with a star combo of potatoes and mushrooms. Hence, it’s perfect for people looking to enjoy a dish with a perfect balance of taste and comfort on a cozy winter night.
This blog will discuss the recipe of potatoes and mushrooms infused with chicken au-gratin. Whether you’re inviting some friends over for dinner or hosting an intimate dinner for your family, it’s a dish that’s sure to be ranked everyone’s favorite. It’s a convenient and easy-to-cook combo that’s the ideal blend of deliciousness and indulgence.
Recipe for Potato and Mushrooms Infused with Chicken Au-Gratin
Prep Time: Forty-five minutes
Cook Time: Forty-five minutes
Servings: Serves six
- Olive oil – one tablespoon
- Skinless chicken breasts – four pieces
- White wine – half cup
- Chicken stock – one and a half cup
- Onions – One, sliced
- Garlic – three cloves, sliced
- Butter or Margarine – six tablespoons
- Red potatoes – two, boiled and sliced
- Thyme – two sprigs
- Heavy cream – half cup
- Parmesan – two ounces, grated
- Kosher salt and pepper – to taste
- Fresh wild mushrooms – one and a half lb.
- Gruyere cheese – eight ounces, shredded
- Cornstarch – one teaspoon
Step # 1:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step # 2:
Lightly spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
Step # 3:
In a heated cast iron skillet, sear chicken breasts in olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Allow the chicken to get a brown color on both sides.
Step # 4:
After the chicken is browned on both sides, add one cup chicken stock, white wine, half of the onions, and one garlic clove.
Step # 5:
Cover the pan with a lid halfway and allow the chicken to cook through. Simultaneously, make sure that the liquid reduces by half in volume, which will take about twenty minutes.
Step # 6:
In a separate medium-sized skillet, add the heavy cream, remaining chicken stock, boiled and sliced potatoes, thyme, and cornstarch. Allow it to thicken and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
Step # 7:
In the same skillet, add two ounces of gruyere cheese, two ounces of parmesan, and salt and pepper according to your taste.
Step # 8:
Turn off the heat after the cheese has melted.
Step # 9:
After the chicken is cooked, remove the chicken from the pan and reserve the sauce separately.
Step # 10:
In the pan, add the chicken and cover it with the sauce to form a base layer.
Step # 11:
In a medium sauté pan, season and sear the fresh wild mushrooms in butter or margarine. As a unique touch or a secret ingredient, add some green beans and deglaze them in two tablespoons of white wine.
Step # 12:
Layer the green beans and mushrooms mixture on the chicken layer in the pan.
Step # 13:
Add the potatoes as a layer on top of the green beans. Cook in the preheated oven for about fifteen minutes.
Step # 14:
After fifteen minutes in the oven, take out the pan to add the remaining gruyere cheese and put them back in the oven to cook for another ten minutes.
Step # 15:
Finally, remove the pan from the oven and let the chicken rest for about five minutes. Top the dish with crispy shallots and serve with some wine or champagne.
The Unique Twist
While the dish discussed above is extremely easy and common, we have given it a healthy and unique twist by adding green beans. These green beans not only add a healthy element to the dish but by they also add a bit of color.
To further accessorize the dish, a hand-tossed salad drizzled with vinaigrette dressing will nicely complement this cheesy chicken and potato dish. You can prepare the ingredients separately a day earlier and then assemble and layer them just a few minutes before you need to serve them. This will help you save time and effort while ensuring you serve a stellar dish.
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