Heavenly Mushroom Sauce, Gluten-Free

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Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Sauce over pasta.  #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

This is the sauce that’ll make you weak in the knees!  It’s my creamy and rich Mushroom Sauce that’s absolutely irresistible!  The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky (and gluten-free) creamy finish!

I made this sauce with a veggie ‘burger’.  But you can put this sauce on just about anything…chicken, baked potatoes, pasta, rice, toast, the list goes on!

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushrooms Are Good For You Too

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast with eggs or on toast, for lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

So, why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  Here are some more recipes to try!

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MUSHROOM SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

This entire recipe can be made ahead but is better when you prep the ingredients and make the sauce right before eating it.

So, first dice your onions, mince the garlic, slice your mushrooms.

Knife slicing mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Sliced mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms 

COOK YOUR HEAVENLY MUSHROOM SAUCE 

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

If you are making this amazing mushroom sauce to go over chicken or steak, you can cook your protein in the skillet first and then remove it and set it aside, leaving all of the delicious browned meat bits in the skillet to cook with the mushrooms.   

Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together.  Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and then let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don’t get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer.

Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add back your protein or veggie to the sauce or serve the sauce over it.  Or mix this delicious sauce with pasta or rice or quinoa.

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
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Heavenly Mushroom Sauce

This is the sauce that'll make you weak in the knees!  My Heavenly Mushroom Sauce is thick, rich, and irresistible. The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky, and gluten-free creamy finish! #dinnerideas #vegetariandinners #vegetarianrecipes #healthydinners #familydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Small Onion (or 1/2 cup diced)
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch heaping
  • 1/2 cup Milk

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Slice the mushrooms. Dice the onions. Mince the garlic.

    Sliced mushrooms for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Cook!

  1. Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

  2. Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together. Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

    Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  3. Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

    Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  4. Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

  5. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.

    Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  6. Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

    Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  7. Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don't get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer for 5 minutes.

    Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  8. Serve and enjoy!!

    Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Recipe Notes

  1. For the Mushrooms, you can use cremini mushrooms as well.
  2. I used vegetable broth, but any broth will work in this recipe.
  3. I used Beyond Burger Patties, but you can certainly use any veggie burger you prefer.  You can also use real beef.  Simply form the ground beef into into a burger patty as you would normally.  Sear it on both sides in the skillet and then let it cook 90% of the way done.  Remove the patties to continue the recipe.

 

 

Baked Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Taquitos for Valentines Day anyone?  I mean, what says I love you more than giving someone a delicious, crispy taquito?  This Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  Roll and bake and you can make a ton in a short amount of time.  They are great for family dinner, a party, or just to say…I love you, my little taquito!

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Easy Make-Ahead Dinner, Snack, Appetizer

One of the reasons this Chicken Taquitos Recipe is so fantastic, is because it’s so versatile and convenient.  You can make 2 dozen of these little babies ahead and freeze them before baking and then pull them out a few at a time to bake for an afterschool snack or easy dinner!  Or make them ahead for a party.  Another great make ahead dinner/snack/app is my Hanky Panky Cheesy Meat Canapes.  

The other great thing about these Taquitos?  They keep my obsession with Mexican food alive and kicking!  Woo Hoo!  Here are some of my favorite easy Mexican Dinner Recipes.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot to make the chicken mixture.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Prep-ahead for the Chicken Taquitos recipe is great because you can do it all but bake.  You can roast the chicken, shred the chicken, mix the filling mixture, and roll the taquitos.  You will then either need to immediately bake them or freeze them.

For roasting the chicken, its very simply rubbing each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

For the filling, place the shredded chicken in the pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine and simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

Shredded Chicken in pot for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Turn off the heat.  Rather than dirty another bowl, I simply mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Now the assembly! 

For the corn tortillas, you can use either white or yellow corn 5 or 6 inch in diameter.

You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling on the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

Filling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on an oiled sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

BAKE YOUR CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.  Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Baked Crispy Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Baked Chicken Taquitos recipe is so easy! The Taquitos are crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside.  Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, creamy cheddar cheese, and bright scallions.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tacos, taquitos
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 Taquitos
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roasted Chicken

  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

Taquitos

  • 24 5-6" Corn Tortillas
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 Scallions

Toppings

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 oz Cotija Cheese optional)

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees. Coat bottom of a sheet pan with olive oil. For easy clean up and to use the same sheet pan for the taquitos, line the pan with aluminum foil before adding the oil and roasting the chicken on that, then tossing it when done.

  2. Rub each breast with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Then roast in the oven 400 F degrees for 25 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 F.

    Broiled Chicken on pan for the Chicken Chimichurri Rojo. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner
  3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, you can start to shred it using your fingers.

    Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  4. Place the shredded chicken in a medium-size pot with the seasonings, scallions, and water.  Stir to combine, then bring to a light simmer so the flavors cook into the shredded chicken.

    Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  5. Turn off the heat.  Mix the cheese right into the chicken in the pot.

    Cheese added to Shredded Chicken mixture for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  6. You may need to warm the tortillas so they are pliable.  I do this by wrapping a stack of them in a damp paper towel and zapping them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

    Corn tortilla wrapped in papertowel for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  7. Coat the bottom of the large sheet pan with olive oil.

  8. Lay 1 tortilla on a flat surface and place a small amount of the chicken filling near the top of the tortilla. Roll the top of the tortilla down over the filling and tightly until fully rolled. Do this gently so as not to break the tortillas.

    Rolling corn tortilla for Chicken Taquitos. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  9. If the tortilla starts to unravel, secure it with 1 or 2 toothpicks. Place each of the rolled taquitos on the sheet pan. Use a second pan if needed.

    Chicken Taquitos on pan before baking. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  10. At this point, you really need to bake them or freeze them. If you try to store them in the fridge, they will dry out and start to crack and break open.

Bake your Taquitos

  1. Turn the oven down to 350 F degrees.

  2. Place the taquitos on the center rack (and top rack if you have 2 pans). Bake for 15 minutes until crisp.

    Baked Chicken Taquitos on pan. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos
  3. While the taquitos are baking, prep your toppings. Get the sour cream out, dice a tomato, chop the cilantro, crumble the cotija cheese (if needed).

  4. Serve the taquitos fully loaded or let everyone choose their own toppings. Enjoy!

    Baked Chicken Taquitos stacked on plate with toppings. Corn tortillas are filled with smoky taco seasoned shredded chicken, and creamy cheddar cheese.  #dinnerideas #familydinner #chickenrecipes #chickendinner #tacos #taquitos

Recipe Notes

  1. To make this recipe even easier, you can use 2 tbsp of your favorite Taco Seasoning in place of the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder.  
  2. You may need toothpicks to secure the taquitos so they do not unravel prior to baking.