Chicken, Mushroom, and Sun-Dried Tomato Ragú – I adore just about any kind of edible mushroom. They add an earthy, rustic flavor to so many dishes. I’m not a huge fan of plain old spaghetti. It needs to be kicked up a couple of notches for me to really want to eat it even though Jimmie loves it and would happily eat it every day.
I had this lovely jar of sun-dried tomato spread, about a pound of white button mushrooms, and two pounds of boneless/skinless chicken breast. I couldn’t help but think these three ingredients would make a great ragú and I was right. If you love mushrooms, you’ll love this. 🙂
I’m sure you’ve heard that you should never rinse mushrooms, but I’m here to tell you Alton Brown says it’s okay. 😎 He experimented to see how much water a mushroom absorbs when quickly rinsing away the dirt and draining them. The results were none to a negligible amount. If there’s minimal dirt on them, just brush them off before using. Otherwise, rinsing them off is perfectly fine. Give them a quick pat dry with a few paper towels before adding to hot oil or butter.
Chicken, Mushroom, and Sun-Dried Tomato Ragú
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 tablespoons light olive oil or butter
- 1 lb. mushrooms, your choice, cleaned and sliced
- 1 (9 oz.) jar California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 heaping teaspoons jarred minced garlic
- 2 Knorr beef bouillon cubes
- 2 cups red wine (your favorite)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 lb. spaghetti (prepared according to package directions)
In a large skillet, brown the chicken pieces in the oil or butter over medium-high heat in small batches. Lightly salt and pepper as you go. Remove to a plate and set aside.
In the remaining oil, sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes then add the mushrooms. Lightly salt & pepper. Toss to coat in the oil and cook for a few minutes.
Add the wine and break up the bouillon cubes in it, stirring to incorporate. Return the chicken to the pan and add the sun-dried tomatoes. Use the entire jar.
Bring to a boil then cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Serve over hot spaghetti noodles with garlic bread or breadsticks, if desired.
Happy eating! 😊