Garlicky Basil Chicken in Mushroom Caps

Garlicky Basil Chicken in Mushroom Caps

This is my version of an old Italian recipe that was originally made with escargot. Not all my friends like escargot so I often make some with chicken and they are just as popular. If you are a mushroom lover this may be your new favourite appetizer.


  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 2 packages mushrooms, whole, fresh (8 oz -225 g each)
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 6 garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) white wine, dry
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt
  • 2 cups (500 mL) mozzarella cheese, 16.5% MF, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) basil, fresh, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Wash mushrooms. Remove stems being careful not to break the caps. I use my hands. Chop stems and set aside. Place caps in larger baking dish or a few deep dish pie plate that will fit all the caps. You don't need to oil the dish.

  3. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) pieces. Set aside.

  4. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and minced garlic, stir and sauté a few minutes until the garlic is fragrant.

  5. Add chicken pieces and white wine and stir well. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Turn heat off.

  6. Use a teaspoon to place chicken pieces in each of the mushroom caps. If there are extra chicken pieces they can be placed around caps. Sprinkle reserved chopped mushroom stems around mushroom caps as well. Pour pan juices over. Top with a sprinkle of salt and the grated cheese. Sprinkle with the minced basil.

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until the mushrooms have released their liquid and the cheese is lightly browned.

  8. Serve in baking pans with your favourite bread to mop up the garlicky wine juices.

Sprinkle an additional 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh shredded parmesan or Asiago on top of the mozzarella cheese.

The method for the recipe is more important than exact measurements.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 200 g serving Amount
  • Calories 330
  • Protein 29 g
  • Fat 20 g
  • Saturated Fat 9 g
  • Carbohydrate 6 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 2 g
  • Cholesterol 80 mg
  • Sodium 380 mg
  • Per 200 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 18
  • Calcium 25
  • Iron 4
  • Vitamin A 4
  • Vitamin C 4
  • Vitamin B6 32
  • Vitamin B12 34
  • Folate 11
  • Magnesium 16
  • Zinc 29

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