Chicken breasts and cream of mushroom soup are a classic combination you can use to make a delicious hearty meal in very little time. From a simple chicken main dish to more complex pot pies, the creamy mushroom soup makes a tasty gravy or sauce for the chicken during and after cooking. Use either canned or homemade mushroom soup to create a variety of dishes you can serve anytime.
Just the Basics
You can use just chicken breasts and a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup to create an appetizing main dish. Simply bake the chicken in some butter or olive oil until it's golden on the outside, around 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Add some fresh herbs or seasonings as desired for added flavor. Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan and pour in enough condensed soup to cover them. Bake the chicken breasts until cooked throughout, around an additional 30 minutes. When using fresh or ready-to-eat mushroom soup, reduce it down to about half of its original volume by simmering it over medium heat to condense it.
Easy Peasy Pot Pies
Use cream of mushroom soup and chicken breasts to create a tasty pot pie with some biscuit or crescent dough. Pan-fry your chicken breasts in some olive oil over medium-high heat and season them to your taste with salt, pepper and spices. When the chicken breasts are cooked completely and the juices run clear, usually after around 12 minutes, cut them into small pieces. Line small baking cups with ready-made dough and fill them with pieces of chicken and condensed cream of mushroom soup. Add some cooked vegetables such as carrots, peas or green beans if desired. Cover the cups with the remaining dough, and bake them until golden brown and flaky to create easy and quick pot pies.
Super Soup or Risotto
Use your mushroom soup as a base for some hearty chicken chowder. If using condensed soup, add water as directed on the can. Pan-fry and chop up your chicken breasts. Add the chicken to the soup along with some vegetables, pasta or rice to create your creamy chowder. Simmer the soup over medium heat until the chicken pieces and vegetables are tender. Chop up and cook some fresh mushrooms over low heat with some butter to add to the soup to increase the mushroom flavor if you desire. You can also use this method to create a risotto-like dish using the soup with pieces of the chicken and enough rice to absorb the liquid in the soup.
Stewing, Safety and Soup
Use cream of mushroom soup instead of broth to cook your chicken in directly when making dishes like slow-cooked stews. You can even add in some biscuit dough to create dumplings for tasty chicken and dumplings with a mushroom soup base. When cooking your chicken breasts, always ensure that their internal temperature reaches 165 F to kill any dangerous pathogens in the meat, warns Foodsafety.gov. If you don't have any canned cream of mushroom soup, make your own. Use freshly chopped or canned mushrooms, butter, seasonings, chicken broth, and some light cream or evaporated milk to make the soup, along with some flour to thicken it.