Garlic Mushroom Chicken in Balsamic Sauce over Parmesan Risotto

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Whew, that’s a mouthful! (hahaha)

I’m not sure why I keep posting chicken recipes – you’d think we never eat anything else! I think it’s because chicken is the most versatile main dish – you can do so much with it, unlike pork or beef or chicken. Since I love chicken and mushrooms, and my family loves cheese and whatever I do with chicken and mushrooms, we’ve got this yummy recipe!

Garlic Mushroom Chicken in Balsamic Sauce over Parmesan Risotto

Risotto is a notoriously difficult dish – it requires a lot of stirring and oversight. I’m not a patient person, so I made up a “cheater’s risotto” – it’s basically rice cooked in the rice cooker with a bunch of cheese. There’s stirrage at the end, but by then, the rest of the food is ready. :)

Start Cheater’s Risotto:

  • 6 1/2 cups cold water & chicken broth (choose your combo, I do half of each)
  • 3 c brown jasmine rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1-2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 T parsley

Combine water/broth mix, rice and salt in rice cooker. Set for regular cook time; set kitchen timer for 30 min.

MEANWHILE~

Chicken:

  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, thawed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced (I used 4 large portabella mushrooms)
  • 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 c chicken broth, divided
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 tsp thyme

Finely slice 6 of the 8 peeled garlic cloves. Swirl large skillet with olive oil, add garlic slices & remaining 2 cloves. Let rest for 5 minutes.

While garlic is resting, pound chicken breasts to desired thiness (I use cereal bags and the flat side of the meat tenderizer). Season with salt, pepper and Old Bay seasoning. Thinly slice mushrooms if you haven’t done that already. (yay for prep time!)

Heat skillet on med-high. Swirl garlic cloves & slices for about 4 minutes (you’ll know swirly time is done when garlic starts to smell… garlicky).

Add chicken breast cutlets. Brown on one side, then turn over. Top with sliced mushrooms and pour balsamic over this hot mess, then sprinkle with thyme.

Cover skillet & set timer for 5 minutes. Go check on the rice.

After 5 minutes, lift lid & add 1/4 c chicken broth. “Baste” chicken with liquid; cover & set time for 5┬áminutes.

Stir the rice.

Add another 1/4 c chicken broth; stir & baste again. Cover; set timer for 5 min. Hey, shouldn’t you check the rice?

While waiting, add 2 T of cornstarch to remaining 1/4 c (cold) chicken broth. Spread out two generous sheets of foil.

Timer’s off! Remove chicken cutlets to foil, wrap tightly & set aside. Increase heat to medium high.

Gradually add cornstarch/broth mixture to remaining mushroom/broth mixture. Keep stirring, it’ll turn into a yummy gravy-like batch of yumminess.

When appropriately thick, turn heat to low and let simmer for 3 minutes, stirring often.

Spoon risotto onto plate; top with cutlets and spread mushroom reduction all over.

Enjoy!

Then go take care of your turtle. This is Buffy, a red-eared slider that Mr Lici rescued from the side of the road.

File under cute!

Because she was hit by a car and there’s no way of assessing internal damage, Buffy only gets 10 minutes a day in water. (Turtles normally spend a LOT of time in water.)

Once she got over her shyness, we discovered that Buffy is one of the athlete turtles. She tried to jump out of the water so she could explore her surroundings.

Water, water everywhere!

Once she’s healed (about 2 weeks), we’ll let her out around the house. The boys were concerned about Hobbes (our evil tabby) getting her, but I assured them that turtles can take care of themselves and the first time Buffy puts Hobbes in his place will scared the stripes off of him.

Because that's how turtles roll

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