Mushroom Chicken (with homemade cream of mushroom)

These creamy mushroom chicken tenderloins are inspired by a dinner craze from way back in the day. It is such a simple, delicious dinner!

mushroom chicken tenderloins over rice with veggies on white plate

Of course, I had to put my own spin on it, yโ€™all!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ƒ Itโ€™s just what I do.

Backstory: Back in the 1980s and 1990s, mamas used to dump a can of cream of mushroom soup over chicken tenderloins and bake it to make a quick dinner. Most often this was served with rice and a side of veggies.

I made my version with a few upgrades, naturally.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

Choose high quality ingredients

raw chicken tenderloins, mushrooms, measuring cup of rice, garlic powder and chicken stock on a marble counter

As always, great quality ingredients make your food taste great! Same goes for this mushroom chicken recipe.

I am using ButcherBox chicken tenderloins, which are organic, free range, humane raised. Side note: I am a ButcherBox affiliate, but I also purchase a box from them each month. I am a huge fan! Such delicious, high quality cuts of meat. Get two pounds of ground beef for life when you try ButcherBox through this link (offer good through 9/30/19).

I happened to have some homemade chicken bone broth in my fridge too, which was a bonus. We have used boxed stock lots of times in this recipe, and that works great too.

Also, my family prefers white jasmine rice. Feel free to use brown rice, or any type of your favorite rice.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

white plate with mushroom chicken served over rice with a side of veggies on a marble counter

How to make homemade cream of mushroom

Here is how I make the sauce for my mushroom chicken. This method is a spin off from my popular homemade condensed cream soup recipe. This is such a handy little trick to know. It has literally been years since I bought a canned cream soup.

The homemade version tastes better, and comes together with a few basic ingredients that we almost always have on hand. Bonus points that you can pronounce every ingredient!๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

To make the cream of mushroom version, I dice up half a pack of mushrooms. I am using baby portabellas.

knife on cutting board with diced mushrooms

You could totally buy sliced ones. The reason I dice mine? My husband and kids do not like huge pieces of mushroom. Plus the diced ones more resemble the canned version. But if you love sliced mushrooms, feel free to use them and save some time!

I sautรฉ them in some butter until they get soft, and then I add some flour (plus a few seasonings: garlic powder, salt and pepper) to make a roux.

adding flour to mushrooms and butter in a pan.

Donโ€™t let that word intimidate you.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Roux is just a fancy French work for thickener. This will help give the sauce that creamy texture. Stir it up until the flour is coated with the butter, and it looks like this.

stirring mushrooms and roux in a pan with wooden spoon

I let it cook a minute or so. From there, I add in milk and chicken stock. I stir this well, and bring to a simmer. It takes about 3 minutes of a low simmer to get this nice and thick.

Assembling the mushroom chicken

If you have an over safe skillet, you could totally add the chicken in the same pan, and cook it that way. Or just put your chicken tenderloins in a separate baking dish. I give โ€™em a light dusting of salt and pepper.

raw chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper in a white baking dish

And then I pour that glorious creamy mushroom sauce right over the top.

pouring homemade cream of mushroom over chicken tenderloins

How long to cook mushroom chicken

From there I just cover and bake the mushroom chicken at 400 degrees for thirty minutes. I want to note that the chicken will give off a little liquid when it cooks. So there might be a little separation in your sauce.

This is easily made right by just stirring and spooning the mushroom sauce over the chicken one last time prior to serving. And this is how it looks. ๐Ÿ˜

mushroom chicken tenderloins in white baking dish with parsley

Yโ€™all! This makes the most tender, juicy chicken with the most amazingly delicious mushroom sauce.๐Ÿ˜‹ Even my picky 3 year old daughter loves this.

Real talk: that sprinkle of green (parsley in this case) only happens for blog photos. We donโ€™t do this in real life.๐Ÿ˜œ

Just like the traditional inspiration for this dish, we serve our mushroom chicken over rice, with a little extra creamy mushroom sauce spooned over the top.

creamy of mushroom chicken over rice with a side of veggies on a marble counter

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mushroom chicken tenderloins in white baking dish with parsley

Mushroom chicken

These creamy mushroom chicken tenderloins are inspired by a dinner craze from way back in the day. It is such a simple, delicious dinner!

Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 3
  • 4
    diced, roughly half an 8-ounce pack
  • 3
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2
    milk any type
    I am using 1%
  • 1/4
    garlic powder
  • 1/4
    salt and black pepper
  • 1
    chicken tenderloins
  • salt and pepper
    (to sprinkle on chicken, separate from what is in the sauce)
  • 4
    cooked rice
    prepared to package instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Add raw chicken tenderloins to a casserole dish, and dust them with a little salt and pepper; set aside.

  3. Combine flour, salt pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl, and set aside.

  4. In a small or medium pan, melt butter over medium low heat.

  5. Add diced mushrooms to pan, and cook until tender, about 7 minutes.

  6. Add flour mixture to the pan, and stir to combine as it cooks and combines with the butter to make a paste (about 1 to 1.5 minutes)

  7. Add the chicken broth and milk, and whisk together to smooth out the lumps.

  8. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.

  9. Pour mixture over chicken, and use a spoon to distribute evenly over the top.

  10. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes.

  11. Remove from oven and uncover.

  12. The chicken will give off some moisture, and you will need to stir the sauce and spoon is over the chicken prior to serving to smooth it out.

  13. Serve immediately over cooked rice.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Several readers have shared that you can substitute corn starch for the flour to make this gluten free. I have not tested this myself, but many others have reported great results.

Nutrition Facts

Mushroom chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 452
Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Cholesterol 98mg33%

Sodium 372mg16%

Potassium 606mg17%

Carbohydrates 51g17%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 31g62%

Vitamin A 327IU7%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 59mg6%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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