Delicious hearty mushrooms, leeks, broccoli, and tender chicken come together in this one-pan recipe for Braised Chicken With Mushrooms and Broccoli.
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Table of Contents
- What is braising?
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Mushroom Broccoli Chicken
- Ingredients For This Chicken Mushroom Broccoli Recipe
- How To Make This Recipe With Chicken Broccoli Mushroom
- Tips and Variations For Braised Chicken With Mushrooms
- Make ahead and storage
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- Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Broccoli Recipe
This one-pan dish comes together quickly and easily for a family-friendly, hearty meal. This recipe for braised chicken is simple enough to prepare on those hectic weeknights but boasts a touch of sophistication for a weekend dinner party. Feel free to change it up and add whatever vegetables you prefer.
What is braising?
If you haven’t been braising your meat, you don’t know what you are missing. Braising is a cooking technique that involves simmering food in liquid over low, gentle heat. The meat gets infused with the flavor of the liquid, in this recipe, chicken broth, which results in a moist and flavorful dish. Braising also allows the collagen in the meat to dissolve which helps give the chicken its soft texture.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Mushroom Broccoli Chicken
Yummy and comforting: Braising chicken gives you a delicious sauce that you can dip your favorite bread into or use as a gravy for mashed potatoes, rice or veggies.
Moist: Braising chicken always results in super tender and moist chicken.
Modifiable: Change up the vegetables and use your favorite fresh or frozen veggies.
Versatile: Great for a busy weeknight meal, family get together or fancy dinner party.
Ingredients For This Chicken Mushroom Broccoli Recipe
- Chicken thighs – Use chicken thighs or breasts. Note that bone-in cuts will add more flavor to braised recipes.
- Olive oil – Extra virgin olive oil is best but any kind will work.
- Sea salt and ground pepper – Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mushrooms – Any kind of of mushrooms you like will taste great; cremini, portabella shiitake, sliced, or use a combination of different kinds.
- Leeks – Thinly sliced leeks, washed well.
- Garlic – Fresh garlic, minced, is best but jarred also works.
- All-purpose flour – Flour helps thicken up the sauce. For a gluten free dish, use gluten free flour.
- Fresh thyme – Fresh thyme adds a sweet and spicy flavor to these braised chicken thighs with mushrooms and leeks.
- Chicken broth – Use a low-sodium chicken broth so you can control the amount of salt.
How To Make This Recipe With Chicken Broccoli Mushroom
- Step 1: Rinse, pat dry chicken thighs, season with sea salt and pepper to taste and set aside
- Step 2: Add chicken to a large skillet heated with oil and brown on both sides. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Step 3: Add leeks, garlic and mushrooms to the skillet and sauté until softened. Season with thyme.
- Step 4: Whisk in flour until well incorporated.
- Step 5: Add the chicken broth and return the chicken to the skillet. Turn heat down to a simmer, cover and cook until chicken registers 165F degrees Fahrenheit.
- Step 6: Stir in broccoli florets or broccolini and cook until tender.
Tips and Variations For Braised Chicken With Mushrooms
Add butter, cream or milk. For a creamier version of braised chicken add butter, cream or milk. Substitute non dairy alternatives for a non dairy creamy dish.
Substitute all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour. If you want to make this braised chicken gluten free, use a non-grain based flour like almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, or cassava flour.
Change up the broccoli. Use peas, peppers or green beans instead of broccoli with no extra cooking required.
For crunchy broccoli. If you like firm broccoli, add it after the chicken is cooked. Cover and let it sit for five minutes. For ‘softer’ broccoli cook alongside the chicken for the last five minutes of cooking time.
Bone-in thighs and legs are the best parts to braise as they have more collagen.
Braising chicken results in chicken that is moist and tender due to the collagen. Braising allows the collagen to be released into the meat making it soft and tender.
This is optional as it isn’t required to fully cook the chicken but it does help add flavor and texture to the dish.
Make ahead and storage
If you like to meal prep your meals, this chicken thigh and broccoli recipe can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you’ve prepped your meal a few days before you want to serve it the leftovers should probably be frozen. You can freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.
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Measure chicken temperature on the thickest part of the chicken to confirm it is cooked through. The chicken should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Broccoli
- 4 chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
- 2 cups mushrooms (crimini, portabella or shiitake) sliced
- 1 medium leek, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour* (see recipe notes)
- fresh thyme
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Broccoli florets or broccolini
- Rinse and pat dry chicken thighs. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside
- Heat oil in large skillet. Add seasoned chicken thighs skin side down and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a plate
- To the same skillet add in leeks, garlic and mushrooms and sauté until softened (about 5 mins). Season with thyme and/ or any other additional seasoning you may like (tarragon, oregano, etc.)
- Whisk in flour until well incorporated (1 min).
- Stir in chicken broth. Return the chicken to the skillet and turn heat down to a simmer (low). Cover and cook until chicken registers 165F degrees (about 10 mins).
- Add broccoli florets or broccolini. If you like your broccoli only slightly cooked, add in after chicken is done, cover and let it sit for 5 mins to soften. Alternatively if you prefer your broccoli softer, add in about 5 minutes before the chicken is done.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.