Cheesy Baked Chicken with Mushrooms – breaded bites of chicken breast blanketed in sautéed mushrooms, gooey melted cheese and a simple white wine sauce.

white baking dish with chicken breasts, melted mozzarella and golden mushrooms

This Cheesy Baked Chicken with Mushrooms recipe is incredibly delicious, totally cheesy and not your average chicken recipe. It’s loaded with rich savory flavors, fresh sliced mushrooms and whips up in minutes.

If you’ve been counting down the days to cooler weather, cozy sweaters and comfort meals you’ll find the perfect recipe to kick it all off here.

But first let me tell you the history of this dish.

closeup breaded chicken with melted mozzarella cheese and golden mushrooms

I first tasted this Cheesy Baked Chicken and Mushrooms – what my family calls Cheryl’s Chicken – almost three years ago when my husband was hospitalized after a stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis.

My friend Cheryl, who would become a close friend – or sister-friend as Oprah would say – checked in routinely, brought her own brand of kindness and shared the most delicious homemade comfort meals including this chicken.

Three years later when we brought Hospice into our home, my sister-friend showed up again with this chicken (among many other food gifts). It brought so much nourishment and comfort to my daughters and me when we needed it most.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

what’s in cheesy baked chicken with mushrooms?

  • boneless chicken breasts cut in about 1 1/2″ pieces
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • eggs
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • baby bella (cremini) mushrooms
  • chicken stock
  • dry white wine – Pinot Grigio used
  • good melting white cheese such as Mozzarella, Havarti, Gruyere (Mozzarella/Havarti blend used)
  • cooking spray

how to make cheesy baked chicken with mushrooms:

Preheat the oven to 375° then lightly grease an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl then add the breadcrumbs to a second shallow bowl. Cut the chicken into about 1 1/2″ size pieces and slice the mushrooms.

Dip the chicken into the eggs then roll them in the breadcrumbs to completely coat and transfer to wax paper.

Add one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of butter to a large skillet over medium heat then drop in the sliced mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook 4-5 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden.

Scatter half of the mushrooms in the bottom of the baking dish then set the rest aside.

Pour the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet then add the chicken. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder then brown on both sides working in batches so you don’t crowd the pan.

NOTE #1: The chicken won’t be cooked through at this point.

NOTE #2: You may need to add another drizzle of olive oil if the pan is too dry.

Arrange the chicken pieces over the mushrooms slightly overlapping them. Top with the remaining mushrooms then sprinkle with shredded cheese. NOTE: don’t wash the skillet yet!

In the same skillet over medium heat, pour in the wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook 3-5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits – they’re extra flavor!

Pour the liquid evenly over the cheesy chicken then bake uncovered 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending upon the exact size of the chicken pieces.

Optional: garnish with fresh parsley then serve right away.

white baking dish with chicken breasts, melted mozzarella and golden mushrooms

variations to this recipe:

Use any kind of white, easy-melting cheese you have in the fridge. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Mozzarella
  • Havarti
  • Gruyere
  • Gouda
  • Monterey Jack
  • Provolone

Artichokes would also be a really good addition to this recipe.

Fresh spinach (cook/wilt when you sauté the mushrooms)

Diced onions (sautéed with the mushrooms)

what to serve with cheesy baked chicken:

Green beans – perfectly cooked fresh green beans in just 6 minutes without blanching or draining!

Carrots with brown butter honey glaze – oven roasted carrots with a BOSS savory-sweet, brown butter honey glaze.

Gouda Mashed Potatoes – creamy, buttery cheesy mashed potatoes = the ultimate side dish. Ideal for the holidays – easy enough for any night of the week.

Muffin Tin Potato Stacks – thinly sliced potatoes layered with cheese baked in a muffin tin. The edges become crisp and golden with soft tender insides. Popular side dish or appetizer.

Green Bean Casserole – this is NOT your mama’s Green Bean Casserole! NO canned soup – just fresh green beans cooked to tender-crisp in a delicious homemade creamy mushroom sauce topped with crispy fried onions.

Other Chicken Recipes on the blog:

Chicken Piccata – Boneless chicken in lemon-caper, white wine sauce with artichokes. Easy, restaurant style classic dish is ready in under 30 minutes. 

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken – Just 5 minutes prep – perfect for busy nights and easy entertaining. Shredded chicken loaded with bold barbecue flavor for sandwiches, barbecue chicken pizza or quesadillas.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders – Buttermilk air fried chicken strips. Kid friendly! Crispy outside, juicy inside cooks in under 15 minutes!

Buffalo (ground) Chicken Meatballs – Air fry OR bake! Delicious, healthy option to chicken wings that makes a bold flavor statement. Serve with blue cheese crumbles and ranch dressing for dipping.

Enjoy!

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white baking dish with chicken breasts, melted mozzarella and golden mushrooms

Cheesy Baked Chicken with Mushrooms

Breaded bites of chicken breast blanketed in sautéed mushrooms, gooey melted cheese and a simple white wine sauce.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories

Equipment

  • approximately 8 x 8 baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in approx. 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine Pinot Grigio used
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 8 ounces good melting white cheese: mozzarella, havarti, gruyere, combo of mozzarella and havarti used
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Add the bread crumbs to a second shallow bowl and cut the chicken into about 1 1/2″ size pieces.
  • Dip the chicken into the eggs then roll in breadcrumbs. Coat completely then set aside.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Drop in the sliced mushrooms, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook 4-5 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden.
  • Scatter half of the mushrooms in the bottom of the baking dish then set the rest aside.
  • Pour the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into the skillet then add the chicken. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder then brown on both sides working in batches so you don’t crowd the pan. NOTE: the chicken won’t be cooked through at this point (you may need to add another drizzle of olive oil).
  • Arrange the chicken over the mushrooms slightly overlapping them. Top with the remaining mushrooms then sprinkle with cheese. NOTE: don’t wash the skillet yet!
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, pour in the wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cook 3-5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits – they’re extra flavor!
  • Pour the liquid evenly over the cheesy chicken then bake uncovered 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Optional: garnish with fresh parsley then serve right away.
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8 Comments

  1. This turned out great. . . For a dinner party, i tripled the recipe, used bigger pieces of chicken breast and doubled the mushrooms because mushrooms are life. Will definitely be making this again.

    1. Hi Lori – so happy you enjoyed the recipe! I’ll admit – I’ver never thought of making it for a dinner party — but I will now and will be sharing this idea on Facebook tomorrow – it would be great for Easter dinner too! Thanks for the idea and inspiration — and yes sister, mushrooms ARE life! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. – Bernie

    1. Hi Lauren — thank you!! Yes — this is such a comforting recipe – perfect all fall and winter long. Now I’m craving a batch — will be making it soon. So glad you enjoyed the chicken. I appreciate you taking time to comment. — Bernie

  2. I’m really new in the kitchen and have no idea what you mean about cutting the chicken into 1 1/2 pieces? I feel so dumb asking, lol! I plan on making it in the next few days. Can’t wait! It looks and sounds amazing! Thanks in advance.

    1. HI Audrey – I’m so glad you’re here! Welcome! — and everyone is ‘new in the kitchen’ at some point. There are NO dumb questions … ever — thanks for asking. You’ll want to cut the chicken breasts into about 1 1/2 inch size pieces — so they’re about 2-bite size — or about the size of a chicken nugget. It doesn’t have to be exact – just try to make them about the same size so they’ll cook evenly.I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do. – Bernie