Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 23, 2023
You can't go wrong when serving this speedy skillet creation. Top tender chicken breasts with mushrooms, bacon, green onions and cheese for a swift and savory sensation that's sure to become a family favorite. —Penny Walton, Westerville, Ohio
Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and chopped


  1. Pound chicken breasts to 1/4-in. thickness. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms until tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  3. In same pan, cook chicken in remaining 2 tsp. oil until bottoms are browned, about 4 minutes. Turn chicken; top with mushrooms and remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, until chicken is no longer pink, 4-5 minutes.
Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken Tips

How can you keep the chicken from drying out?

Chicken breasts are known for drying out when they’re overcooked, but pounding the chicken to 1/4-inch thickness will help a lot. This helps the chicken cook more quickly and evenly. Use a meat thermometer to test the chicken for doneness, removing the chicken from the pan when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°. You can also consider brining the meat to lock in a juicy flavor.

How can you make cheesy smothered mushroom chicken your own?

To make this recipe your own, vary the vegetable toppings and the type of cheese. Instead of mushrooms, use sauteed bell peppers and onions, or get inspired by the farmers market when there is a bounty of tomatoes and zucchini. Have some fun with the type of cheese too, choosing using one of the best cheeses for melting like mozzarella or provolone, a sharp cheese like cheddar, or a crumbly cheese like feta to finish the dish.

How should you store leftover cheesy smothered mushroom chicken?

Store leftover cheesy smothered mushroom chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight glass storage container, where it is good for 3 to 4 days. The best way to reheat this dish is by heating it in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes, until the chicken is heated through.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 chicken breast half: 363 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 555mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 40g protein.