Make-Ahead Cajun Chicken and Mushrooms is an entree with chicken and mushrooms covered in a gravy based on a Cajun-flavored roux.
The messiest pages in my 3-ring binder of favorite recipes are those for make-ahead entrees. This working girl would be sunk without them.
A couple of days ago, I made this for our mid-week family dinner–an informal affair with our married kids, their spouses, and our grandson. Even though it was my day off, I knew I would be gone all day. It was easy to put together early in the morning, refrigerate, and serve for dinner.
Cajun Chicken and Mushrooms actually gets better after hanging out in the fridge for a few hours. The flavors mix, meld and marry, producing a wonderful gumbo-like flavor.
The sauce makes a deliciously rich gravy best enjoyed over a pile of long-grain rice. I used a rice cooker with a timer so the rice was ready when I walked in the door.
Making Cajun Chicken and Mushrooms:
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- 1 cut-up chicken or 5-6 chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
- 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
- 1/2 cup red bell peppers
- 1-2 cloves chopped garlic
- 2-1/2 cups hot chicken broth or hot water
- 4-6 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2-3 drops hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- Parsley for garnish or chop and add for fresh flavor
- Brown chicken pieces in large skillet.
- Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in flour and continue to stir until a rich milk chocolate brown.
- Add onions, celery, peppers and garlic. Cook until softened.
- Add hot water or broth to vegetables, stirring as you go.
- Add remaining ingredients, including browned chicken. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove bay leaf before serving over rice. Even better served the next day.
I usually cut up a whole chicken but you could use any chicken pieces you already have or prefer such as boneless, skinless breasts or thighs. You don't have to remove the skin but I wouldn't have it otherwise. Because I used a whole chicken, I had the back and wings leftover to make fresh broth--just boil in a pot of water adding a little salt and pepper.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 503 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 165mg Sodium: 954mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 10g Protein: 56g