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Mozzarella Chicken (with mushrooms)

6 October 2021 By Aleksandra

This mozzarella chicken with mushrooms makes a delicious quick dinner. It’s such a comfort food but it doesn’t take hours to make. Pan-fried chicken breast is topped with sauteed mushrooms and gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Served with spaghetti and marinara sauce is all you want for a weeknight dinner.

If you like chicken with mushrooms you may also want to try this mushroom stuffed chicken breast.

Mozzarella chicken on a spatula is being taken out of a baking dish.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this delicious dinner:

  • chicken breasts
  • mushrooms – buttom mushrooms or more flavorful cremini mushrooms, fresh porcini mushrooms would also be great, you can omit the mushrooms completely if you don’t like them
  • marinara sauce – you can use good-quality store-bought sauce or make my homemade marinara sauce
  • seasonings: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika
  • cheese: I used mozzarella but any other melting cheese will do (for example gruyere or provolone)
  • spaghetti – or other pasta type such as penne or fusilli
Labeled ingredients for mozzarella chicken with mushrooms.

Step by step instructions

Preheat the oven on the broiler setting with oven rack on the top shelf (the oven is used to melt and brown the cheese, if you don’t want to turn on the oven, you can melt the cheese by covering the pan with a lid and cooking the dish until the cheese is melted but I think browning the cheese under the broiler adds a little bit more flavor).

Cook the pasta al dente (it should have a bite to it).

Chicken breasts with spices on a plate. Sauteed mushrooms in a black frying pan.

STEP 1: Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally (parallel to your cutting board). If there are parts of the meat that are still very thick, pound them slightly with a meat mallet. You want the meat to be of even thickness, but don’t pound the meat very thin, like for cutlets.

Rub the chicken on both sides with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

STEP 2: Cut the mushrooms into 1/4-inch (5mm) slices.

Heat the oil in a oven-proof large frying pan (if you don’t have such pan, you can use any pan and then transfer the chicken to a baking dish, such as pie dish). Add the mushrooms and cook them over medium-high heat until browned and soft. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.

Pan-fried chicken breast in a black frying pan. Marinara sauce in a black frying pan.

STEP 3: Add the chicken to the pan. Cook it over high heat until browned on both sides. You want the chicken almost cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

STEP 4: Spread 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce in the pan (or in an oven-safe baking dish).

Chicken breast topped with mushrooms with marinara sauce in a frying pan. Chicken with mushrooms, cheese, and tomato sauce in a pan.

STEP 5: Place the chicken on top. Top the chicken with sauteed mushrooms.

STEP 6: Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned (keep an eye on the cheese, it can brown very quickly!).

Now your chicken should be completely cooked through but check to be sure.

How to know if the chicken is cooked through?

The best way to check if the chicken is cooked is to measure its temperature with a thermometer. Insert it in the middle of the thickest section of the meat, it should register160°F (71°C). The chicken should then come to the safe temperature of 165°F (74°C) while resting.

Serve the chicken with cooked pasta and some extra marinara sauce.

Enjoy!

Mozzarella chicken with mushrooms in a white baking dish topped with fresh basil leaves.

Storage

This dish keeps very well. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in a microwave or in the oven. Place the dish in a cold oven then set it to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until warm.

Store the pasta and tomato sauce separately in order to prevent pasta from becoming mushy.

The chicken with mushrooms, cheese, and tomato sauce can also be frozen (I don’t recommend freezing pasta). Freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge then reheat like described above.

Mozzarella chicken with mushrooms and marinara sauce on top of spaghetti on a white plate.

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Mozzarella chicken with mushrooms

This mozzarella chicken with mushrooms makes a delicious quick dinner. It’s such a comfort food but it doesn’t take hours to make. Pan-fried chicken breast is topped with sauteed mushrooms and gooey melted mozzarella cheese. Served with spaghetti and marinara sauce is all you want for a weeknight dinner.
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Mozzarella chicken in a white baking dish.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 620kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 7 oz button mushrooms 200g
  • 2 large chicken breasts 1 lb/450g
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 150g
  • 9 oz spaghetti 250g

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven on the broiler setting with oven rack on the top shelf (the oven is used to melt and brown the cheese, if you don’t want to turn on the oven, you can melt the cheese by covering the pan with a lid and cooking the dish until the cheese is melted but I think browning the cheese under the broiler adds a little bit more flavor).
  • Cook the pasta al dente (it should have a bite to it).
  • Cut the mushrooms into 1/4-inch (5mm) slices.
  • Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally (parallel to your cutting board) so you have 4 thinner cutlets. If there are parts of the meat that are still very thick, pound them slightly with a meat mallet. You want the meat to be of even thickness, but don't pound the meat very thin, like for breaded chicken cutlets.
  • Rub the chicken on both sides with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a oven-proof large frying pan (if you don’t have such pan, you can use any pan and then transfer the chicken to a baking dish, such as pie dish). Add the mushrooms and cook them over medium-high heat until browned and soft. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  • Add the chicken to the pan. Cook it over high heat until browned on both sides. You want the chicken almost cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Spread 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce in the pan (or in an oven-safe baking dish), place the chicken on top. Top the chicken with sauteed mushrooms and shredded cheese.
  • Bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned (keep an eye on the cheese, it can brown very quickly!).
  • Serve the chicken with cooked pasta and some extra marinara sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can omit the mushrooms completely if you don’t like them.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken with mozzarella and tomato sauce, mozzarella chicken, mozzarella chicken with mushrooms

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