About this recipe: When I was an exchange student in France, my French mom made this dish and it has been my favourite ever since. It is chicken breast cooked in butter, creme fraiche and mushrooms over pasta. No one can make it like her, but this is very close. Serve with French bread or French garlic bread if desired. Bon Appetite!
Excellent classic French cuisine. I just wanted to add a bit of helpful information; someone said she couldn't find creme fraische locally; I found it at Whole Foods Market marked sky high. So, I learned how to make it myself. I understand why it is cheap and plentiful in France. It bloody well should be! It's very simple to make. Creme fraiche is a thick cream used in sauces and soups and as a condiment for fresh fruits. Plan ahead as this will take some time. Here's How: 1 cup heavy whipping cream mixed with 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Combine well in glass jar and cover. (I use a large Mason jar; these come in quarts and half gallons, too. When I make it, I make a ton!) Let stand at room temperature (about 70 degrees F.) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. The longer you let it sit, the better it ages, and the thicker and richer it becomes! I consider it a staple since I learned what it really consists of. And shame on some of these stores for jacking up the price for a mere cup or pint of it. Stir well and refrigerate. You will probably become quite addicted to it, as we have. - 17 Aug 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Very, very good. Since the Cream Fraiche is the true star of this recipe, I changed a couple of things that I believe shave off a few calories without sacrificing taste. First, I grill the chicken breast vs. browning it in oil/butter in a skillet. When the chicken is about half done, I remove it from the grill and transfer it to the skillet for the simmer process in the wine. I then substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream. If you like the sauce “thick”, use sour cream. I find that using yogurt makes for a thinner and “lighter” sauce and in my opinion takes nothing away from the taste of this dish. I also prefer shallots vs. the white onion, but that’s personal taste. For the pasta, I find I get the best presentation when I use Vermicelli. - 11 Feb 2004 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was so simple to make, and just delicious. I agree with a previous reviewer who added more wine. I also omitted the sour cream and just used creme fraiche as I didn't think there was any need for both. - 23 Jul 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)