Swiss Style Chicken

Tuesday 19 December 2017

I am not really sure why this is called Swiss Style Chicken  . . .

Maybe its because of that creamy sauce which gilds those tender golden pieces of chicken . . .  flavoured with tarragon . . . and brandy . . .  *hiccup*

And rich sauteed mushrooms, and garlic   . . . .

Maybe its the gruyere cheese that melts down over those tender chicken breasts and that rich mushroom sauce . . .  like an oozing beautiful blanket . . .

Maybe its neither of those things  . . . but merely a flight of fancy in the food interpreter's mind  . . .

I only know that this dish is amazingly delicious . . .  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y . . . I would not lie about that.

Its also very simple to execute . . .  just dust some chicken, which has been pounded to an even thickeness, with some salt and pepper and flour and brown it in a dish . . . pop it in the oven to finish cooking while you make the sauce . . .

Which is equally as simple to execute  . . .  browned mushrooms, garlic tarragon, cream and a touch of brandy.  This gets poured over the chicken, a slice of cheese is slapped on top and then it is returned to the oven to melt the cheese.

*Swiss Style Chicken*
Serves 4

Filled with lovely flavours. This is a very simple dish. Tender moist chicken topped with a creamy mushroom sauce and gruyere cheese.

4 (200g/7oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt, pepper and plain flour to dust
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS butter
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
200g mushrooms, sliced (1/2 pound)
1 TBS chopped Tarragon
125ml whipping cream (1/2 cup)
1 TBS brandy
4 large slices Gruyere or Swiss Cheese

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Have ready a baking tray.

Place your chicken between two pieces of cling film and pound lightly until they are each about 1/2 inch thick.  Season with salt and black pepper and dust lightly with flour.

Heat half of the olive oil and butter in a large skillet.  Add the chicken breasts presentation sides down, and brown on one side for approximately 3 minutes until golden.  Flip over and brown on the other side for a further 3 minutes. Place onto the baking tray and pop into the oven while you make the sauce.

Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan drippings.  Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook over medium heat until the mushrooms have softened.  Add the tarragon, cream and brandy.  Stir over high heat for about 2 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened. 

Remove the chicken from the oven and spoon the hot sauce over top, dividing it equally amongst the four pieces. Top each with a slice of cheese and pop back into the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.  Serve immediately.

Easy peasy  this is.  Perfect for these busy last few days before the holidays . . . well, for anytime really. I would serve this to company  and I am sure they would love it. Actually it is beautiful dinner party fare because it is quick and easy and yet tastes like you have been slaving all day over it. I served with English petit pois and roasted potatoes.  Yum.  Bon Appetit!


  1. Maybe because of the Swiss cheese?:):):)

    1. I think you are right Monique! I only knew Swiss cheese before I came over here as the cheese with the holes in it, lol. Like the cheese in the Tom and Jerry cartoons! Since I moved here and have travelled on the continent I have come to recognise it as so much more! This chicken really is delicious! xo

  2. Absolutely can't wait to make this!

    Jane x

    1. Thanks Jane, you and your husband are in for a real treat! xo

  3. This looks so good and doesn’t require dirtying 12 dishes to make. I’m in! Thank you.

    1. Its delicious Cheryl! I am a bit lazy and if I can get away with using one pan, I will do it! You're welcome! xo

  4. This looks so good! Hubby and I love chicken and Gruyere is one of our favourite cheeses. We'll be trying this.

  5. This chicken really is delicious !

  6. I really want to try this recipe, but don't typically keep alcohol and don't want to buy a bottle of brandy just for an occasional tablespoon in this recipe. Is there something else I could substitute?

    1. Hi there! You can use apple juice or white grape juice! I don't typically keep alcohol in the house either, not in full bottles, but I do avail myself of the tiny small single serving bottles that come in very handy when you want a TBS of this and a TBS of that! xo


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