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Chicken Madeira

This Chicken Madeira featuring a rich mushroom and wine sauce is made with simple every day ingredients. In under an hour you can have restaurant quality flavor on the dinner table. It's a guaranteed hit to serve guests or a family night in!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Portuguese
Keyword: chicken, chicken madeira, madeira
Servings: 4
Calories: 417kcal


  • 1 pound chicken breasts skinless and boneless, about 3 to 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups Madeira wine or a dry red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour optional
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large skillet or a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side until they get to get golden brown. More time may be needed depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Remove the chicken breasts from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to the skillet and add the mushrooms. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper then cook for about 8 minutes until the mushrooms start to brown. Stir occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, Madeira wine and chicken broth to the skillet and stir. Season with more salt and pepper as needed. Reduce heat and cook for another 15 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit and reduces. If you find that the sauce hasn't thickened enough, you can take about a ladle of the liquid from the pan and whisk it with a tbsp of flour, then pour it back into the saucepan and stir, the sauce should thicken almost instantly. Add the butter and stir, this will give the sauce a nice glossy color.
  • Add the chicken breasts back to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve over mashed potatoes.



  1. You can use chicken thighs, drumsticks, or any cut of chicken that you prefer for this recipe.
  2. If you don't like mushrooms, you can simply eliminate the from the dish. You can add some sliced onions instead for more flavor.
  3. Try this recipe for perfect mashed potatoes to accompany this dish.
  4. Nutritional information does not include mashed potatoes.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge up to 3-4 days. Reheat simply in the microwave, or you can reheat leftovers in a skillet on the stovetop. If you've found the sauce has become too thick after storing and reheating, you can thin it out with a bit more broth or wine.
  6. This is a very freezer friendly meal! You can store leftovers either in an airtight container or a freezer bag up to 4 months. Reheat either in the microwave or in a skillet. Make a big batch of this Chicken Madeira and store servings in the freezer to save yourself time on those busy weeknights!


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 455mg | Potassium: 1085mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg