Spinach Pepper Chicken in a Wild Mushroom Béchamel Sauce

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 red, yellow or orange pepper seeded and cut into 1/4” strips
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups dried wild mushrooms, re-hydrated (See Note!)
  • 4 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (THIS is the secret to AMAZING béchamel sauce!)


  1. In a deep skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and 1tablespoon butter.
  2. When melted add in the peppers and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until just soft.
  3. Pat dry the chicken and season both sides with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoon thyme.
  4. Remove the peppers from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add in the chicken and sear on one side for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Flip the chicken over and cook for 3 minutes or just enough to get a light golden brown color.
  7. Reduce the heat to low.
  8. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add the remaining butter.
  9. Once it’s melted, add in the drained mushrooms and thyme.
  10. Sauté for ~5 minutes.
  11. Add in the onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to combine. Here is where you cook the roux for about ~2 minutes. You will ‘smell’ the flour cooking.
  13. Whisk in the milk until no lumps remain.
  14. Add in the 1/2 teaspoon salt, white pepper and remaining thyme.
  15. Reduce to low.
  16. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour the béchamel sauce in.
  17. Add in the spinach and peppers; stirring gently.
  18. Place the chicken into the sauce and cook until the chicken’s internal temperature is 165F.
  19. Adjust seasoning to taste.


Re-hydrating wild mushrooms

Boil some water and pour into a bowl, add the quantity you require, but remember that dried mushrooms increase in volume to 3 to 4 times. Soak your mushrooms in the hot (not boiling) water for about 20 – 30 minutes or until fully re-hydrated stirring occasionally (please do not use the mushrooms before re-hydrating)

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