MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZE: I made a LARGE batch of this for a buffet dinner party and it was delicious! I knew the day of the party I'd have no time, so I made it a week in advance and froze it.. here's how:
I cut the boneless chicken breasts into smaller pieces (easier serving for a buffet) and only cooked them partially (about 3/4 of the way done, but sauteed in the bacon/butter to have a nice browning color to them) The bacon adds great flavor to this dish.. could also use finely chopped porchetta) remove from pan and cool chicken... once it's cooled you can put into zip lock bags and freeze. Continue making the sauce, adding the mushrooms. I personally like to saute the mushrooms a little more so they get a little brown on the sides. I also made extra sauce! Cool and freeze the sauce separately. (I used flour instead of cornstarch). MORNING OF PARTY: remove from freezer to thaw - ideally completely (you may need to microwave sauce partially, you just don't want to put hot sauce on partially frozen chicken into the oven - it won't cook evenly) . Place chicken and sauce in a large baking dish, cover with foil and pop in oven at 350 for an hour or so. (I eventually moved it to a sterno for the buffet - you could also warm it up (and complete cooking) in a crock pot..., you just want to heat it and finish the cooking of the chicken. finish with chopped parsley... (I serve this with pasta and a red sauce on side).
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MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZE: I made a LARGE batch of this for a buffet dinner party and it was...