Penny's Best Chicken in Wine


A wonderful family recipe that we have turned to often over the years. This simple dish is delicious and best served for its comforting warmth during the cooler months. Serve with fresh green beans.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 12 saltine crackers, crumbled

  • 4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ cup butter

  • 12 fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ½ cup white wine

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch dried tarragon (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Pour crumbled saltine crackers into a large bowl. Press chicken pieces into crackers to coat completely; let rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute chicken pieces in hot butter until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer chicken to a casserole dish.

  4. Saute mushrooms and onion in the same skillet until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour chicken broth, white wine, salt, pepper, and tarragon into onion mixture and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Pour mushroom mixture over chicken into the casserole dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is cooked through and sauce is bubbling, about 45 minutes.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the crumbled crackers. The actual amount of crackers consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

575 Calories
26g Fat
9g Carbs
70g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 575
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 611mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 70g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 736mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.