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Smothered Pheasant

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"This is my mom's recipe for preparing the pheasants my dad would bring in during hunting season in Iowa. I use only the breasts from the birds, but you can use the other parts of the pheasant as well. This makes its own gravy that is delicious on mashed potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 45 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Season the pheasant breasts on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour onto a plate, and press the pheasant breast into the flour until completely coated. Shake off excess flour and set aside. Melt the butter in an ovenproof Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium heat. Cook the pheasant breasts in the hot butter until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Pour in the half-and-half cream and bring to a simmer; cover the Dutch oven.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the pheasant breasts are tender and no longer pink in the center, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
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  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary.

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Jan 04, 2011

Hi everyone, I'm the submitter of this recipe and I'd like to clarify something. AR changed my recipe a little. The breasts need not be "boneless halves". Pheasant breasts are small. I use skinless whole pheasant breasts with bone in. I remove the pan from the oven occasionally to stir and re-arrange the breasts so as to mix the cream well with the juices and cooked bits from the meat. The gravy is divine.

Jan 25, 2011

Good recipe, but I made changes. after browning the pheasant, I added 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped mushrooms and 1 medium chopped onion. I sauteed this in the pan for 3 minutes and then added the half and half. I put it all in a crock pot and cooked it on high. It turned out fabulous.


8 Ratings

Oct 14, 2012

This was good, but the pheasant was just a tiny bit dry. I added a bit of garlic powder on the pheasant before dredging in flour, and added salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the flour as well. I also added fresh sliced mushrooms which I sauteed in the butter. I only used 3 half breasts, but still used the whole two cups of half and half. I actually wished I'd used more. I served this over campanelle and we enjoyed it!

Mar 04, 2012

I made this for the Wild Game Feed which was held at the Wittenbergs last night (March 3, 2012). It was delicious. Served it with fettucine.

Mar 27, 2014

I fried it like the recipe said for a few minutes on each side. Then since I did not have half and half I used Cream of Chicken soup and a little left over chicken stock. I added a 4 oz. can of green chiles and a small amount of milk. Mixed all of this together and poured over the pheasant breasts. I then added 2 stalks of chop celery and a few slices of white onion. I sprinkled some paprika, oregano, garlic salt and parsley on top. Bake them for 1 hour at 325 degrees in a covered casserole dish. It turned out pretty good! Moist and very flavorable. It was a tab bit dry but not to bad. At the end I added some brocolli. Served over white rice. Yum!

Jan 04, 2014

This recipe is perfect as written. I used 3 whole pheasant breasts with bone-in since that is what we had from the hunt. I prepared the recipe just as written and served it with mashed potatoes and broccoli on the side. It was delicious! The gravy is not pretty to look at since the half-n-half curdles during the cooking, but it is delicious and rich tasting. The whole family loved it. I can't wait to make this again.

Mar 29, 2015

I made the recipe as described, except I did it in a family sized skillet and used 2 pints of 1/2 and 1/2. I also included the leg sections, which became very tender. My 2-year-old seriously ate 1.5 breasts himself. My 4.5-year-old, who initially was sent to her room for crying that she didn't want to eat the gross looking food, ended up completing the meal by eating a whole leg section. Both kids were belting out, "More pheasant, please!" faster than we could cut it off the bones. Very yummy. Thanks. We ate it with boiled potatoes, beets, and caprese salad.

Dec 24, 2012

This recipe is very easy to make and absolutely devine! I used the whole bird. I browned it in a skillet and then placed it in the crock pot to finish it off. It is a new Christmas tradition.


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  • Calories
  • 520 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 176 mg
  • 59%
  • Fat
  • 30.6 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 48 g
  • 96%
  • Sodium
  • 267 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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