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Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken – Comfort Food Penne Pasta Recipe

What could fit the bill better for a comfort food meal than this Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken recipe?  

Now is the time for extra food love in our house! We enjoy rich and wholesome dishes that are hearty and earthy at this time of the year. 

The recipe ticks all the boxes for easy comfort food and tastes delicious, too. And even better?  It is one of my 30 minute meals!Creamy garlic mushroom pasta recipe

One pot meals are a favorite choice at my house. My family loves the great taste and I love the easy clean up. Be sure to check out my one pot cooking tips here for success with one pan cooking every time.

For another great tasting 30 minute meal, try my beef and penne pasta recipe. It tastes amazing!

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It’s time to make the Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken.

Garlic mushroom chicken

This Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken is so, so tasty and is ready in a flash.  Most of it comes together in one pan and it’s on the table in less than 30 minutes. A win-win any day of the week for me!Ingredients for the garlic mushroom chicken

Look at the wholesome ingredients that go in this Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken dish.  I use Penne Pasta, boneless chicken breasts, fresh white mushrooms and fresh Parmesan cheese along with heavy cream, baby spinach leaves and a few other seasonings.

This makes a melt in your mouth dish that is just perfect for the cooler spring temperatures.  I especially love using penne pasta. It is the perfect pasta for holding all the creamy sauce. How can you go wrong?

Did you know that pasta and wine are a natural pairing?  The flavors of both come together beautifully in this dish.

Since we love to pair great tasting recipes with a great tasting wine, at my house, Chardonnay is my choice to pair with this delicious dish. The wine is bright, refreshing, and fruity with a balanced oak character.

Whether you use this dish as a simple meal with family, or a diversion from the stress of daily life right now, this combination is sure to delight your family and make the occasion very special.Bowl of chicken and penne in a cream sauceThis recipe is so easy to make.  I started by putting my Penne Pasta on to cook and then browned the chicken and mushrooms in a non stick skillet.

Cook the chicken tenders and mushrooms

The next step was to make the cheese sauce.  I added butter to the skillet, cooked the minced garlic and added the flour to make a roux. (See how to make a roux here.)  

Then in went the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. (I used a fresh Parmesan cheese for this recipe, not the bottled kind. I find that it gives a nicer flavor and doesn’t clump when cooking.)

I love the flavor of chicken teamed up with Parmesan cheese in a recipe. The two just go together so well. (Check out my new recipe for chicken and mushrooms in a creamy Parmesan sauce.)

TIP: Have you discovered that you have no heavy cream on hand right now?  Try making your own heavy cream with just two ingredients in seconds.Maklng a creamy sauce

By this time the pasta was cooked, so I added it to the skillet along with the spinach and allowed it to wilt. Then in go those earthy mushrooms!Add the cooked pasta, spinach and mushrooms to the sauce

Can you believe this Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken is almost done? All that was left to do was return the chicken to the skillet and stir everything so that all the flavors would mix well.Msg 4 21+ This Garlic mushroom chicken is creamy cheesy and so easy to make. It's ready in 30 minutes but perfect for any special occasion too.

The flavor of this Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken is amazing.  It is rich, creamy and cheesy with the hearty flavor of mushrooms. The chicken is so tender and the sauce compliments the pasta beautifully.Close up of the Garlic mushroom chicken

Each bite of this amazing Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken will delight.  Serve it with a simple side salad or some fresh home made garlic bread and get ready for the compliments!  ]

The Chardonnay that I used in the recipe ingredients makes the perfect wine to pair with it. Kids will love it with sparkling apple juice.

Garlic mushroom chicken and Clos du Bois Chardonnay

Good food, Good wine, Good friends.  The recipe for a perfect evening!  Viva Italia!

Ready to make this delicious Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken for your friends and family?  Gather up your ingredients and get ready to spend just 30 minutes in the kitchen.  You’ll end up with a great meal and the wine will make the dinner a very special occasion!.Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken

Are you fond of pairing food and wine during special occasions only, or is this something you like to do all year long, like I do? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Pin this creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken dish for later.

Would you like a reminder of this creamy penne pasta chicken recipe? Just pin this image ton one of your cooking boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Creamy garlic Parmesan penne pasta recipe

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in October of 2016. I have updated the post to add nutritional information, new photos and a video for you to enjoy.

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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Garlic mushroom chicken

This creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken dish with penne pasta is the perfect comfort food dish. And we all need comfort right now. Best of all? It's ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Olive oil, divided
  • Sea Salt & cracked black Pepper
  • 8 ounces sliced white mushrooms mushrooms
  • 8 ounces of Penne Pasta

Cheese Garlic Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp self raising flour
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Chardonnay
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • fresh parsley to garnish


  • Place the Penne pasta in boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain.
  • Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. In a large non stick frying pan, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil, and cook the chicken over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until it is browned on each side and no longer pink in center. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the remainder of the olive oil and the sliced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until tender. Remove and set aside with the chicken.
  • To make the sauce add the butter and melt. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until translucent. Whisk in the flour until it makes a roux. Whisk in chicken broth, wine, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, pepper and sea salt. Stir in the cooked Penne Pasta and combine well. Add the spinach and let simmer until it starts to wilt. Add the cooked mushrooms and combine well. Put the cooked chicken tenders back into the pan with the sauce and coat evenly.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with fresh parsley. This recipe pairs well with the remainder of the Chardonnay.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 879Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 1185mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 56g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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    Harmony, Momma To Go

    Monday 24th of October 2016

    that looks amazing, have pinned for later!


    Monday 24th of October 2016

    Thanks Harmony. We loved it and I'll make it again for sure! Carol

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