Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Shallots

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Quick and Easy! Chicken thighs browned and baked, served with a creamy mushroom, shallot, tarragon sauce.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Chicken and mushrooms naturally love each other, especially with a creamy sauce. This recipe is quick and easy, and uses just a little bit of cream to pull everything together. Most of the flavor comes from the chicken and mushrooms themselves, with help from shallots and tarragon.

Pro tip: tarragon loves both chicken and mushrooms. You want to add a special note to your chicken dish? Add tarragon. Want a mushroom soup recipe that will have your friends begging for the recipe? Add tarragon. Just don’t add too much. A little is all you’ll need.

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In this recipe we are browning the chicken thighs skin side down first, then finishing their cooking in the oven. Chicken thighs release a lot of fat, even if you’ve trimmed the excess at the start. Cooking the thighs this way allows you to monitor the amount of fat you want in the finished dish.

While the chicken pieces are cooking in the oven, we get rid of most of the rendered fat in the pan, and cook the mushrooms and shallots in the remaining pan drippings. We add some stock, some white wine, let it boil down a bit, and swirl in some cream. When the chicken is done, so is the sauce. Easy!

Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Shallots Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4

Be prepared for a little bit of splattering from browning the chicken. To avoid this you can dredge the chicken pieces first in a little flour. I wanted a gluten-free chicken dish so am not taking that step.

You can make this dish with skin-on chicken breasts, they will take less time to cook in the oven than thighs.

Even if you don't eat the skin, please cook the chicken with the skin on in this recipe. The skin protects the chicken from drying out.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 pounds skin-on, bone-in thicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound cremini or button mushrooms (plus a couple sliced shiitake mushrooms if available for extra mushroom flavor)
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon (or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 Brown the chicken on the stovetop: Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium high heat. Pat dry the chicken pieces and lay them skin-side down in the pan to brown. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cook without moving the chicken (allowing them to brown) until they are golden brown, about 7-8 minutes.

3 Bake the chicken in the oven: Place the chicken pieces skin-side up in a roasting pan. Roast in a 350°F oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165°F. (Cooking time depends on the size of the chicken thighs, and how long you've cooked them in the skilled first.)

4 Sauté mushrooms: While the chicken is roasting, thickly slice the mushrooms. Remove all but 1 Tbsp of the fat in the pan (do not put down the drain or you will clog your pipes). Heat the pan on medium high heat and add the mushrooms to the pan. Stir to coat with the fat in the pan.

5 Add shallots and tarragon: Cook for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to brown and release some of their water. When the mushrooms are glossy, add the chopped shallots and tarragon and stir. Cook for another minute.

6 Add stock, wine, then cream: Add the stock and the white wine to the pan and increase the heat to high. Let the liquid reduce by half. Taste and if it needs salt, add 1/4 teaspoon or more of salt. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Stir in the cream. Lower temp to medium. Let simmer for a minute.

7 Serve: To serve, place the mushroom shallot sauce in the bottom of a serving dish. Place the chicken pieces on top. If there are any drippings in the baking pan, pour them over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Showing 4 of 34 Comments / Reviews

  • Carole

    I am having 21 guests and would like to do a lot of this before. Could you advise me about what I can do ahead and what I need to do last minute. I’d appreciate it.

  • Karen Stone

    Elise: I have followed your blog and recipes for years. When wanting to impress family and friends you are my go to. This recipe allows me to visit and make a great meal that always impresses my guests. As a little experiment I’m thinking of trying this with boneless pork loin chops and maybe rosemary?? What do you think?

  • Alma

    I made this recipe yesterday. It turned out delicious, even my husband enjoyed it and he can be a picky eater. Thank you for all the recipes.

  • Christa

    Any suggestions to make this in advance?

  • Catherine

    My kids loved this. served it with tenderstem broccoli, mange tout and rice. My 6 year old wants to have it when his friend comes round to play so I would say that’s a winner then.

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