Chicken, Salsa, Mushroom Bake

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We bought a large container of fresh salsa at Costco and I was worried that it would go bad before the two of us could eat that much salsa. So I looked for a recipe to use a larger quantity of it.  We were skeptical, but this turned out so good!  First of all, I really like the taste of the salsa we bought.  (I sometimes get fresh salsa at the supermarkets and it just doesn’t taste very good.)  So, I think that is important.  Make sure you LIKE the salsa you are using.  I used half and half and not cream and that didn’t blend in during the baking, so it didn’t come out looking great.  I don’t know if regular cream would have done better baking with the salsa.  But looks don’t matter, just taste and this was very tasty!

INGREDIENTS *

  • 2 Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons Fresh or Dried Thyme, Sage or Oregano (or herb of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/2 15 ounce container Fresh Salsa (or more), or jarred (see above)
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mushrooms, small dice
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Cream (Milk will substitute but will result in a thinner sauce)

* It is not necessary for ingredient measurements to be exact.

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice chicken breast halves in half horizontally; pound lightly between wax paper or plastic wrap to an even thickness. (You can skip this step to quicken the preparation but pounding produces a more tender chicken breast.)
  3. Place the chicken in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sage (or other herb), salt and pepper. Using a large spoon, turn to spread the oil and flavors among all of the chicken pieces.
  4. Heat an oven safe skillet on medium flame for one minute or until hot. Pour in 1 tablespoon of oil (or use a spray) and cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes a side or until lightly browned with an internal temperature of 155 degrees. (The chicken will continue to cook while in the oven.)
  5. Take pan off the heat.
  6. Spoon salsa over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with mushrooms
  7. Pour the chicken broth and milk or cream over the chicken.
  8. Place in the oven.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
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