SAUTÉED CHICKEN WITH GRUYÈRE CHEESE, MUSHROOMS, AND WHITE WINE

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This is yet another chicken recipe that is quick and easy to prepare, making it a perfect dinner entrée after a hectic work or play day. And of course, it’s delicious. (Like I would post anything but a delicious recipe!)

But this is one of those recipes that works best when all the chopping, slicing, mincing, and assembling has been done in advance. In other words, get your act together and have all your ingredients prepped and in place before you start sautéing the chicken. (Hey, why not? You have to do it anyway. So why not get it over with before you actually fire up the burners and curse yourself for not heeding my warning to begin with?) Anyway……

The bones of this recipe come from the Food.com web site. And while I’m giving that site credit, I would like to get on my high horse (with a little help from a tall self-righteous attitude), and say what I really think about all the cooking sites out there in internet land. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?) There isn’t a recipe under the sun that can’t be found either by title or ingredient combination. There isn’t a cooking technique, gadget, or unique ingredient that can’t be ordered on-line and delivered directly to your home. There isn’t an excuse in the world for someone to rely on fast food or packaged, processed products to feed their family when every resource imaginable to provide a healthy and delicious meal is at their fingertips! (That’s the high horse part in case you were wondering!)

So to all of those wonderful sites out in internet land that provide great recipes, cooking techniques, and commentary on every aspect related to culinary endeavor, I salute you. And to the Food network (I’m now back on my high horse again), please bring back more love (good cooks/chefs and their sterling recipes) and less war (cupcake, chopped, etc). I personally want recipes, not entertainment. If I wanted to occupy my time watching and listening to suspense, drama, and a staged production, I would watch the news and read every word written about the candidates and their race to be in next years’ presidential election!

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise, then cut in two (8 pieces in all)
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • nutmeg
  • 3 T. butter
  • 8 medium sized button mushrooms, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 small or 1 large shallot, finely minced
  • ½ c. dry white wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • ¾ c. finely grated Gruyère cheese (you can use plain Swiss cheese, but a premium Swiss cheese is best)
  • dash paprika

Season one side of each piece of chicken with salt, pepper, and a light sprinkling of nutmeg. Melt the butter in a large, covered fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sauté until both sides are slightly browned and the chicken is cooked through. (Do not overcook the chicken.) Remove from pan, tent with aluminum foil, and set aside. Add the mushrooms and shallot to the pan, reduce the heat, and sauté until the mushrooms are starting to brown and the shallot pieces have all but disappeared from sight. Stir in the white wine and simmer until the wine has all but evaporated. Whisk in the cream, Gruyère cheese, and the paprika. Cook for one minute. Adjust seasoning. Stir in the reserved chicken along with any pan juices; remove from heat, cover, and let sit for about 3 minutes.

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Great served over mashed potatoes with a side green veggie or a nice crisp green salad. And of course, some more of that wonderful Pinot Grigio you used in the dish itself!

Please let me know if you like this recipe. Thanks