You get all the health benefits of mushrooms, with minimal mess.

By Elizabeth Stark
Updated: October 08, 2018

Mushrooms have gotten a lot of attention recently, and for good reason: They're packed with vitamins and minerals—like B6, folate, niacin, copper, selenium, and zinc—and the unique antioxidant ergothioneine (also known as ERGO). The fungi are a decent source of fiber, too. One serving of shiitake mushrooms, for example, supplies 3 grams. What's more, observational research suggests that regular mushroom consumption may be linked with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer and dementia.

To best harness the health benefits of mushrooms, look for the most nutrient dense varieties. Shiitake, oyster, and maiitake, for example, have been shown to have four times the amount of ERGO in crimini (or button) mushrooms. You'll see these varieties both dried and fresh; and the nutrients are comparable in both forms.

The one-skillet recipe below features mushrooms in a simple, weeknight-friendly meal that's incredibly versatile. At the heart of the dish is a simple mushroom pan sauce spooned over a juicy pan-seared chicken breast; it can be served alongside a green salad or whole grain.

The sauce starts with fresh mushrooms, though dried can easily be substituted. To use dried mushrooms, sub two ounces dried mushrooms and soak them in warm water 30 minutes ahead of time. For more concentrated mushroom flavor, strain the soaking liquid (it will be sandy), and use it in place of the chicken broth.

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Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts

3 Tbsp. grapeseed oil, divided

1 large shallot, minced (about ⅓ cup)

4 cloves garlic, minced

12 oz. mushrooms (I used a mix of shiitake and oyster)

Grated zest of 1 lemon

½ cup chicken broth or white wine

2 Tbsp. minced parsley leaves

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

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Elizabeth Stark blogs about food at, where she shares her passion for simple recipes and fresh, seasonal produce.