Classic creamy Baked Swiss Chicken, made over with better ingredients for a richer, far tastier meal. This Swiss chicken with white wine, Dijon mustard, and cream uses none of the processed ingredients usually found in Swiss chicken recipes. Easy enough for a weeknight and great enough to serve for any special dinner or occasion.
What is Swiss Chicken?
Swiss chicken, if you’ve never had it, is an very simple, quick, and comforting tasty classic chicken recipe that takes pretty much no effort to make whatsoever.
Layer chicken breast, then cheese, then a creamy sauce in a bake dish. Top with a stuffing layer, bake, and serve. Easy easy.
But, the issue is that the creamy sauce most Swiss chicken recipes out there use one or several questionable ingredients.
- Condensed cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup.
- Sour cream.
- Parmesan cheese.
- Or some combination thereof.
First, this is SWISS chicken, so I’ve never understood adding parmesan. But even aside from that, I wondered if I did not use condensed soup or any of the rest, how would it taste?
Not that I am against those ingredients. They have their place, like condensed soup in my Jalapeno Popper Hash Brown Casserole.
But I wondered if Swiss chicken could be made better. MUCH better. And I learned, and what this recipe represents, is that those ingredients I listed above are simply not needed and are actually heretical for making the best, creamiest creamy Swiss chicken recipe ever.
Real ingredients make this version better
- White wine.
- Dijon mustard.
Am I right? Don’t those ingredients just SOUND better? And this recipe IS just better in every which way we look at it.
I love this recipe SO much, because it is based on a tasty tasty classic. I have made that classic recipe foreverrr, too many times to count, and I have always loved it.
But this one is even better. SO much better. Creamy chicken, cooked perfectly, and it is Not Much More effort than the original recipe.
Steps to making this chicken recipe
So, my recipe proceeds thusly:
First, we make a delicious creamy sauce using CREAM. We just take 15 minutes and make a creamy sauce with cream and Dijon and WINE and it is so good.
Then, the rest of my recipe proceeds completely like the classic where we layer chicken breast, then cheese, creamy sauce, crunchy topping, and bake.
Just a couple extra steps make for SUCH a better experience and such tastier cheesy chicken.
So, this is not a dump-and-go in 5 minutes, get-it-in-the-oven and you’re done recipe. We thicken a little cream and make a yummy saucy sauce. That is the only difference.
Otherwise, this is still an easy recipe, and you can have this on a weeknight. This is also a recipe that, without the canned stuff, you can feel prouder serving as a special occasion dinner, Sunday meal, and so on. Creamy baked Swiss chicken For The Win.
- Use a rubber spatula or silicone-coated whisk to occasionally scrape the sides of the skillet while the cream is cooking.
- Do not add the wine before the cream is allowed to thicken or it will curdle.
- Take care that the cream does not boil over the pan. Start on medium, then reduce heat as it gets simmering.
- If you are concerned about the alcohol in the wine, this cooks off in the oven. I serve this to my kids, no worries.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. This way you won’t get rubbery chicken.
- Allow the chicken to rest 5 minutes before serving.
So that’s it folks. An easy classic recipe, made-over to a MUCH better, but still easy, delicious recipe worthy enough as a company dinner.
Make This Recipe, it is SO good, SO tasty and easy to make. A perfect dish to serve for whenever and you can do so proudly.
How to Make the Best Baked Swiss Chicken
- 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4-6 slices Swiss cheese
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- kosher salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1 cup herbed stuffing, preferably whole wheat crushed
- 4 Tbs unsalted butter divided
- Heat oven to 350F.
- In a medium, nonstick skillet, add the cream and 1 tablespoon of butter. Simmer over medium-low to low heat until volume is reduced by half (~10 minutes; see Tips above).
- Add the wine and Dijon. Whisk until smooth. Bring back to a simmer until thickened once more (~5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Put breasts in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Lay a slice of cheese on each. Pour the cream sauce over the chicken.
- Combine the butter and stuffing. Layer this mixture over chicken.
- Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of breast reads 160F. Remove from the oven and let chicken rest 5 minutes (internal temperature will go up further to 165F which is perfect doneness). Remove from the oven and rest 5 mintues. Serve.
Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.