Our lightened-up take on the comfort-food classic, this chicken stroganoff recipe is more versatile than you might think. The smoky, creamy sauce tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove for hours—a flavor you achieve in less than 30 minutes thanks to some smart short-cut ingredients, like a few tablespoons of store-bought barbeque sauce, Dijon, and hot sauce. Serve the finished product over traditional egg noodles, or for a more modern version, try your favorite pasta, rice, or even thick-cut toast for a hearty dinner that recalls old-world Russia, with a fraction of the work and calories. Hey, an extra dollop of sour cream can’t hurt.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce
½ cup sour cream
Calories from fat 42%
Sat fat 4g
How to Make It
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the green pepper, ½ teaspoon of the salt, ¼ teaspoon of the pepper, and the mushrooms. Continue cooking until the mushrooms give up their liquid, about 6 minutes, and are tender.
Place the vegetables in a colander, reserving both vegetables and liquid. You should have about 1/2 cup of liquid.
Return pan to heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Season the chicken with the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Cook the chicken in batches until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add it to the vegetables.
Pour the wine, broth, and vegetable liquid into the pan and bring to a boil. With a wooden spoon, loosen any brown bits stuck to the pan and let cook in the sauce.
Add the barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and hot sauce. Whisk until smooth. Boil until the liquid has reduced by half, to about 1½ cups. The liquid should thicken slightly.
Reduce heat and whisk in the sour cream. Do not let the sauce boil. Return the vegetables and chicken to the pan and simmer until heated through. Serve over rice, pasta, or toast.