Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms & a Giveaway

simply dressed balsamic chicken and mushroom
Balsamic chicken and mushrooms might not be the prettiest dish to look at, but it tastes absolutely lovely.

The chicken is browned on the outside and juicy  in the middle, the mushrooms are earthy, and the balsamic gravy has the perfect touch of sweetness. Served over creamy parmesan polenta with a bitter green vegetable like broccoli rabe or swiss chard on the side, this is the kind of meal that will leave everyone (including the cook!) impressed.

I used to make a similar dish back when I didn’t know how to cook was in grad school. It was one of our favorite dinners, and we ate it probably once a week for months on end until it somehow fell off of my radar. I haven’t thought about it in years!

I was recently brainstorming recipe ideas featuring Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings (I’ve partnered with them to create some healthy new recipes) when I remembered the dish. I knew right away that I had to give my old recipe an update! In the updated recipe, the chicken gets dredged in flour to help it get a gorgeous golden crust, white mushrooms are swapped out for an earthy and elegant combination of crimini and porcini mushrooms, and Marzetti Simply Dressed Balsamic replaces the shallot, vinegar, and mustard mixture that the old recipe called for. The dressing is a creamy one, not a vinaigrette, so it might seem a little strange at first. It definitely made me pause while I was cooking. The second it hit the pan though, I knew it would work. The resulting gravy is velvety smooth without being thick, and the flavor is perfectly balanced. All it needs is a smattering of freshly cracked pepper and you’re good to go.

Easy peasy.  And perfect for a weeknight. 
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Bottled dressing makes this balsamic chicken and mushrooms quick and easy! Serve it with creamy parmesan polenta or mashed potatoes to soak up the extra sauce.
Serves: 2
  • ¼ ounce Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • 2 thin Chicken Breasts, or one breast spit crosswise (about ½ pound total)
  • 2 teaspoons Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 6 ounces Crimini Mushrooms
  • ½ cup Marzetti Simply Dressed Balsamic Salad Dressing
  • ½ cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • Fresh Parsley
  1. Rehydrate the porcini mushrooms, either by boiling them for 2 minutes or by soaking them for 30 minutes. Drain and slice, reserving the broth for another use.
  2. Dredge the chicken in the flour to coat lightly. Heat the oil in a large skillet oven medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Cook 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the mushrooms to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly browned. Whisk together the dressing and broth; pour over mushrooms. Add the chicken; simmer 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Season with cracked black pepper and garnish with fresh parsley.


Want a chance to try this recipe yourself? I have a giveaway with everything you’ll need – plus a few extras! Simply Dressed Blogger Giveaway Package1 The gift pack includes:

  • 5 VIP Simply Dressed Coupons for free dressing
  • $35 Visa gift card for ingredients
  • Marzetti women’s half apron
  • Marzetti Simply Dressed stainless knife set with cutting board
  • Wood salad plates, including one platter, one 10 inch plate, four 7X8 inch plates and one 5 inch plate

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below (you might need to wait a second for it to load) or send an email to with the subject line “Marzetti Simply Dressed.” I’ll pick a winner next Wednesday, March 13.

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This post was brought to you in partnership with Marzetti Simply Dressed Refrigerated Salad Dressings. I was compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been provided products for review. However, the recipe for balsamic chicken and mushrooms and all opinions are my own. Always have been, always will be.


  1. I love chicken dishes like this especially with mash as it soaks up all the delicious gravy.

  2. I can’t say exactly what I’ll use the dressing in, but I would love to experiment with it in different recipes :)

  3. This looks so good! I love mushrooms and balsamic!

  4. Dressings make great marinades for chicken, so I would likely throw some chicken thighs and dressing together and grill the next day.

  5. That looks delicious!

  6. Jennifer says:

    I’d use the dressings on some trim chicken recipes and on salads since it’s getting close to swimsuit season.

  7. I would love to win this!

  8. I made my own chicken with balsamic dish a few nights ago myself. Next time, try adding the reserved porcini stock to your dressing and broth mixture for more depth of flavor.

  9. Harrison says:

    Can you also provide the original recipe? While that dressing’s ingredients are better than most, as a diabetic I prefer to avoid using prepared sauces so I can control the amount of sugar, fat and salt. Thanks!

  10. i’m a pasta salad freak. :)

  11. I would definitely make this dish, it looks delicious. Everything I like is in it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Natalie S says:

    I will use my dressing as marinades for meat!

  13. Nicole E says:

    I’ve been experimenting with vegetarian dishes. Would love to try these dressings for tofu and different roasted veggies!

  14. I’m with the first commentor and love mashed potatoes with this kind of dish to scoop up all that luscious sauce.

  15. Oh I love Simply Dressed Dressings… I would make your recipe if I won–it looks divine!

  16. I’ll finally buy the Simply Dressed Thousand Island and make my favorite version of a reuben–toasted marble rye with turkey, swiss, cole slaw, and thousand island. Not so healthy but definitely delicious!

  17. This looks delish! I’ll be making it soon.

  18. Heather says:

    This balsamic chicken recipe looks yummy – and very easy!

  19. Stephanie says:

    That looks yummy!

  20. Kelly D says:

    I would try the Bistro Chicken Salad recipe from their site.

  21. cindy hornyak says:

    Just found these dressings….love the ranch!! Trying this recipe tonight!

  22. Yum! I’m really hoping I win because of the knife set though

  23. jacquie says:

    i don’t tend to use salad dressings much. however your recipe does look good though i would have to swap out the chicken for some mushrooms or veggies.

  24. I am new to your site through tribber and love everything about it. Great photography and recipes. Really mouthwatering!

  25. What a nice giveaway!

  26. This looks absolutely delicious! I would use my dressing as a dip for veggies, on salads, and mixed into stir fries. I’m a huge salad dressing fan and love to try new varieties!

  27. I have yet to plan my menu for next week, but when i saw this, a light bulb went off. I have made variations of balsamic chicken and mushrooms but i love your version. its gorgeous! We are full on Weight Watchers right now ( new relationship weight gain lol) so once i plug the numbers I can make the necessary adding and stubracting- any tips?

    • Lauren Keating says:

      The dish is pretty light and there’s no much to subtract from it. I’d do any adding or subtracting with the sides. Polenta was great, but I saw someone on Pinteret who suggested serving it over cauliflower mash, which is an idea that I love!

      And thanks for saying it’s gorgeous – it definitely wasn’t an easy dish to style. Lots of brown! haha

      • Excellent point- i plugged the numbers in and just for hte chicken and mushroom is 7 pts plus. thats awesome. I might make this with a white bean puree. but i love the idea of he cauliflower mash.

  28. Those photos are absolutely stunning – they look like they were shot in an Italian villa or something!

  29. Kelly G says:

    This looks great. Love the mushrooms!

  30. The love using the blue cheese dressing (and maybe the ranch) to make taco salads!

    I’ll have to some as a marinade next!

  31. This recipe looks amazing. Healthy AND delicious! :)

  32. Amanda S. says:

    I would have to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

  33. Looks yummy! Thanks for the inspiration.

  34. Madeline says:

    We eat a lot of salad so I’d use the dressing on that. My husband might put it on fish when he grills it.

  35. Rachel M. says:

    I’d definitely use it as a marinade for tofu or portabella mushrooms for a veggie burger!

  36. Lynde F. says:

    With warm weather approaching (yea!) I will be eating this dressing with salads galore & as a dip with grilled chicken wings!

  37. Shewanna says:

    I love mushrooms and will definitely try this recipe! I am also in desperate need of new knives, so would love to win!

  38. on salads for lunch! so excited to try this recipe too!

  39. I will use it on salads

  40. Lora Bryant says:

    So excited about this recipe and am new to your blog/website.. I will use this recipe for salads

  41. I think we’re making this for dinner tonight!

  42. I would use it in marinade

  43. Jennifer Fredericks says:

    This looks totally fantastic, can’t wait to try it!

  44. On top of my salad for sure, but also as a marinade

  45. This looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try. Definitely a new twist for dinner.

  46. Great weeknight idea!

    I think the ginger sesame dressing would help make a great Asian style slaw

  47. I’d use the dressings for green salads, pasta salad, cole slaw, and as a marinade for grilled chicken.

  48. I definitely want to try this with the salad dressing. I usually use straight balsamic in a similar dish, but I think the creamier dressing will give it a better texture – and will definitely be great with mashed potatoes as other commenters mentioned.

  49. This looks sooooooo good!

  50. Anna Stepka says:

    This recipe sounds really good, but I follow a real food diet and would not be able to use the dressing. You have any suggestions on what to replace it with? I love balsamic so this would be a perfect recipe for me.

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