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Chicken Madeira Recipe—A Cheesecake Factory Copycat

Juicy chicken and mushrooms in a madeira cream sauce under melty cheese and asparagus.

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One anniversary, we went to the Cheesecake Factory for my husband’s first (and my second) time ever and ordered their world famous Chicken Madeira. It was love at first bite and we just knew we had to recreate this dish at home.

We made a copycat Chicken Madeira, except I love the homemade version even better! And, when you make it at home, you can feed a family of 4 for the cost of 1 serving at the restaurant. This is why we love copycat recipes so much.

The madeira cream sauce has incredible flavor. You will want to dip your bread into the pan before the night is over and get every last drop of it. This Chicken Madeira recipe tastes fancy and will impress your family, dinner guests or your special someone for a date night in! This is one of our favorite copycat recipes.

Everyone in our family loved this Chicken Madeira, even the baby! My Mom was particularly impressed (she was trained as a chef so naturally when Mom is impressed, I’m beaming!).

This made for a lovely and fancy dinner and there was nothing overly difficult about it. Now you can also enjoy homemade Chicken Madeira for a fraction of the price!

a large skilled of creamy chicken with green veggies and mushrooms

How to Make Chicken Madeira (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

Watch a video tutorial on how to make copycat chicken madeira here.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts (2 large)
  • 1 lb asparagus blanched*
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt, divided and black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter divided
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil divided
  • 16 oz button mushrooms thickly sliced
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped, plus to garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups Madeira Wine sweet white wine*
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup Whipping Cream heavy or regular
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions

1. To blanch asparagus: Remove fibrous stems from asparagus by snapping them off (watch video above). To blanch asparagus, fill a medium pot with 6 cups water, bring to a boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Add asparagus and boil uncovered until crisp tender and bright green (2-3 minutes then remove immediately from hot water and set aside).

bunch of asparagus in a pot

2. Place a large heavy (oven-safe) pan over medium/high heat and melt in 2 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. Add thickly sliced mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until soft. Stir in diced onion and cook 3 minutes. Add minced garlic cloves then season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper and 2 Tbsp fresh parsley. Cook another 2 minutes then remove mixture to a plate and wipe skillet clean with wet paper towel.

progression of sauteed mushrooms

3. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise and pound each cutlet between plastic wrap until no more than 1/4″ thick. Season chicken breasts all over with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place same pan over medium/high heat and add 1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp oil. When butter is finished foaming, add chicken breasts and saute 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan to the same plate as mushrooms.

raw chicken being tenderized; same chicken being sauteed

4. In the same pan, add 1 1/2 cups Madeira and boil until reduced by half (5 minutes of vigorous boiling), scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Add 1 1/2 cups beef broth and boil until 2/3 cup liquid remains or about 1/4 of it’s original volume (10 min). Reduce heat to medium, add 1/2 cup cream and simmer until sauce thickens (2 min). Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste and turn off heat.

5. Return chicken to the pan, turning it to coat in the sauce. Top with mushrooms, asparagus and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over the top. Broil 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

*Found at the liquor and wine store - not carried in most grocery stores. $6 bottle. If you aren’t able to find Madeira wine, you can substitute with Marsala wine which is also a sweet wine although it will taste more like chicken marsala ;).

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This post originally appeared on Natasha’s Kitchen and was published April 8, 2018. This article is republished here with permission.

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