Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout

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This nutritious version of the traditional French dish takes creamy and delicious to a healthy new level. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, ragout is a stew of meat, vegetables, and spices.

Our Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout features heavenly baby bella mushrooms cooked in a mixture of olive oil, shallots, and onions. Tender chicken strips are sautéed to golden perfection and add satisfying protein to the meal. The dish calls for a splash of coconut milk to complete the cooking process, allowing all your ingredients to soak up the tropical fruit’s rich, subtle sweetness.

This magically mouthwatering recipe will shine at any meal. Ragout pairs wonderfully with brown rice, quinoa, or polenta.

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 256 | Total Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 46mg | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Sugars: 1g | Protein: 19g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10 |


  • 1.25 pounds chicken breast filets (about two filets), cut into strips, then halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup cleaned and sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine OR 1/2 cup vegetable broth with 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (not lite)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons pure butter, softened
  • 6 whole sprigs fresh thyme
  • Small pinch nutmeg (if grating from fresh nutmeg kernel, only grate two times)


  1. Sprinkle chicken strips with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Once oil is warm but not smoking, add chicken pieces. Cook for about 8 minutes, flipping to get a golden color on all sides and cook through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add remaining teaspoon of oil, the mushrooms, thyme, and onions. Allow to cook for 5 to 8 minutes until onions have softened and liquid has been released and evaporated from the mushrooms. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Push mushrooms and onions to side of the pan. Add wine or broth into empty space. Scrape any bits in the bottom with a spoon. Allow at least half the liquid to evaporate. Stir mushrooms and onions back in.
  3. Combine flour and softened butter.
  4. Add coconut milk, flour/butter mix, and nutmeg, stir in pan until flour/butter mix is incorporated. Return chicken to the pan. Add remaining salt and pepper. Allow to cook for about 3 to 5 additional minutes, until heated through and thickened to desired consistnecy. Remove thyme branches prior to serving (many of the leaves should have fallen into the ragout).
  5. Ragout pairs well with brown rice, spaghetti squash, soba noodles, polenta, or quinoa.

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20 Comments on "Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Ragout"

  1. Gina  February 13, 2017

    I made this and it was yummy. The kids got steamed rice. Mom, after her gastric sleeve surgery had cauliflower rice.

    • Gale Compton  February 13, 2017

      Gina, Thanks for the feedback…so happy the family enjoyed! 🙂

  2. Alicia  April 3, 2017

    Amazing and creamy! Served with jasmine rice and sautéed asparagus…Yum! I’ll definitely make this again!!

  3. Linda  April 9, 2017

    Thank you for this recipe it was delicious. I had it with cauliflower rice OMGoodness. I will definitely make this a favorite.

    • Nichole Furlong  April 9, 2017

      We’re so glad you enjoy this recipe, Linda! Cauliflower rice was a great side choice!

  4. Kelly  April 17, 2017

    I have mine simmering right now. It is not creamy. It is runny. Is it supposed to be like this?

    • Gale Compton  April 18, 2017

      Kelly, I just remade this recipe and added one tweak: combined 2 Tablespoons each flour and butter then added to the pan when adding the coconut milk and nutmeg.

  5. Veronica  June 12, 2017

    I see the description before the listed recipe mentions shallots but I don’t see shallots in the recipe? Please advise! Thank you much!!!

    • Gale Compton  June 13, 2017

      Veronica, This recipe was retested and the shallts removed. Sorry about the confusion.

  6. June  August 30, 2017

    What can I substitute for how coconut milk

    • Gale Compton  August 30, 2017

      June, If you want the same creamy consistency, whole cream or half & half, should work.

  7. Anita  September 13, 2017

    I was wondering why you can’t use the lite coconut milk.

    • Jennifer Hanford  September 14, 2017

      Hi, Anita. We found that using the lite coconut milk won’t provide the creamy consistency the recipe should have. Thanks!

  8. Gina  January 4, 2018

    Hi! I was wondering if it would be possible to make this gluten free? Can I substitute a gluten free flour 1:1 with the regular flour in the recipe?

    Thank you!

  9. Leigh  April 7, 2020

    I made your blueberry scones! The only thing l would do differently is a few more blueberries. Yes they might fall apart with the extra blueberries thrown in who cares. You scones are delightful! Yum, yum, yum.

    • Erin Miller  April 7, 2020

      Can’t go wrong with more blueberries, right?! Thanks for the feedback, Leigh! 🙂

  10. Rachel  July 8, 2020

    Is it okay to use dried thyme?

    • Gale Compton  July 9, 2020

      Yes, dried is fine if fresh is unavailable. The ratio is typically 1 teaspoon dried for every 1 tablespoon fresh.

      • Rachel  July 9, 2020

        Oh, okay! Thank you!


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