The Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira is an amazing meal that you won’t want to miss. This flavorful chicken has an amazing wine sauce that is so hard to resist, it is served with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed asparagus. Enjoy this decadent dinner for a special night in.
Copycat Cheesecake Factory Madeira Chicken
Everything seems to taste better at the Cheesecake Factory, they make amazing cocktails, cheesecake, and so much more. If you go here everyone will be satisfied. There is something for everyone to love.
I fell in love with their Chicken Madeira the first time I tried it. It reminds me a little of Chicken Marsala, but the Madeira wine has a much more full-bodied flavor. I love that this recipe is served with mashed potatoes, you won’t want any of that gravy to go to waste.
What is Maderia?
This recipe’s key ingredient is Madeira wine. It is a fortified wine like Sherry and Marsala and I love cooking with them. Why do I love them? If you cook with wine only once in a while, these are perfect. Because they are fortified they aren’t going to go bad.
So if you ever want to make a little wine sauce and you don’t want to open a whole bottle of wine, you keep a couple of these on hand. For white wine, I often use Sherry. For the red wine, I will use Marsala or Madeira.
What does Maderia wine taste like? It tastes like a warm rich glass of wine with hints of caramel, hazelnuts, and some citrus fruits. You can sip on it like you would a glass of sherry. It is bursting with so many flavors it’s perfect for cooking.
Best of all, you can pick up these fortified wines fairly inexpensively.
Chicken Madeira Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make Chicken Madeira:
Chicken breast, boneless and skinless
Mushrooms, white or baby Portobello
Mozzarella cheese, fresh is best
Salt and pepper
Notes About Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madiera Recipe Ingredients
This recipe has Mozzarella cheese in it. I recommend using fresh Mozzarella. The shredded or sliced Mozzarella you find in the regular deli case also works but will not have the same result as fresh. So it’s better to use fresh if you can get it.
We are going to be economical with our chicken here. I like to use two chicken breasts for this recipe, but we are going to cut them in half, and then we are going pound them out nice and thin. This will help you stretch out the chicken and it also makes it cook in a flash.
How to Make Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira
Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally. Cover with plastic wrap and use a meat pounder to flatten out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add butter and vegetable oil. When the butter begins to foam slightly add chicken.
Cook chicken until both sides are lightly browned. Remove chicken from the skillet.
Add butter to the pan then add mushrooms after the butter melts. Saute the mushrooms until they begin to brown. Remove mushrooms from the pan.
Add Madeira wine to the skillet and scrape the browned bits up from the bottom.
Add beef broth and stir to blend well. Cook the sauce until it reduces by a third.
Add a slurry of cornstarch and water. Stir to blend well and cook for about 2 minutes.
Add butter to the sauce and stir well. Return mushrooms to the sauce.
Spoon sauce over the chicken and add a slice or two of the Mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken.
Place the chicken under the broiler and broil until the cheese browns or you can place the chicken with cheese in a hot oven to warm the cheese.
Chicken Madeira Sauce Tips and Substitutions
This sauce isn’t tricky to make. It does take a little time to prepare. You want to make sure you reduce the sauce down so it becomes thick, and the raw taste of the alcohol will lessen.
If you do not drink alcohol, you can substitute the Madeira wine with beef stock. It won’t be as good, but it will be delicious.
What to Serve with Chicken Madeira
Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira is served with asparagus and red mashed potatoes. You can use red potatoes, or you can use another type. The important thing in this recipe is making sure you have something to enjoy with that sauce.
How to store leftover Chicken Maderia
If you know you are going to have leftovers, it is best to store everything separately in airtight containers in your refrigerator. You do not want the sauce to soak up into the potatoes. Everything will stay fresh for about five days in the refrigerator.
How to reheat the Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira
The mashed potatoes, asparagus, and chicken you can easily reheat in the microwave. I recommend that you heat the sauce in a saucepan on the stove. If the sauce has become super thick you can thin it with some additional Madeira, chicken broth, or a bit of water. Place the saucepan on the stove, heat to medium-high heat, and add the sauce, if it is super thick you can thin it with a splash of wine, chicken broth, or water. Whisk very well, and the sauce should return to the desired thickness.
Love the Cheesecake Factory? Try these copycat recipes!
8ounces mushrooms (white or baby Portobello mushrooms)
8ounces beef stock
2cups Madeira wine
1tablespoon corn starch
6ouncesMozzarella cheese (fresh is best)
Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally. Place cut chicken breast onto a sheet of plastic wrap, and cover the chicken with plastic wrap, use a meat pounder to flatten out chicken to 1/4 inch thickness. Flatten out remaining pieces of chicken with a meat pounder. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat add butter and vegetable oil. When the butter begins to foam slightly add chicken. Be
careful not to overcrowd the pan. You may need to cook the chicken in batches. When the chicken’s edges turn white, flip over, and cook chicken on the other side. The chicken should be slightly browned. Remove chicken from the pan. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan, and add mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms for a couple of minutes. The mushrooms will begin to brown and sear. Remove mushrooms from the pan.
Add 2 cups of Madeira wine in the pan, scrape the browned bits up from the bottom of the skillet. Add beef broth to the wine, stir to blend well. Cook the sauce until it reduces by 1/3. When the sauce has reduced add a slurry of 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir to blend well cook for about 2 minutes. Add two tablespoons of butter to the sauce and stir well. Return mushrooms to the sauce. To serve: place chicken breast on a pile of mashed potatoes.
Spoon sauce over the chicken, and add a slice or two of the Mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken. Place the chicken under the broiler until the cheese browns if desired. You can place the chicken with cheese in a hot oven to warm the cheese. Garnish with Asparagus spears.
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