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Keeping things cozy yet healthy with this oven roasted Herbed Ricotta Stuffed Chicken In White Wine Pan Sauce. All served with the creamiest mashed cauliflower. Herb ricotta cheese stuffed chicken, roasted alongside sweet shallots, garlic, and in-season mushrooms. The chicken is finished in a simple white wine and apple cider pan sauce. It’s simple-ish but still mouthwatering. Especially when served over creamy mashed cauliflower hinted with garlic. It’s the autumn dinner everyone will love!

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It’s not even October yet and I’m already breaking out some of the coziest fall recipes. I’d say sorry, but then I feel like we’re all ready for some slow-roasted chicken dinners that scream fall. We are, aren’t we?

At least that’s my hope, because, as I’ve now said, I’m in full-on fall mode. I apologize for talking about my love of fall so much…I’m sure it’s getting old. So I’ll spare you that today and instead jump right into talking about this simple, but oh so delicious chicken dinner, complete with a side of creamy butter mashed cauliflower.

The photos don’t really do this meal justice, but you guys, this chicken is so good.

prep photo of Herbed Ricotta Stuffed Chicken and mushrooms in pan before roasting

I’ve wanted to make a ricotta-stuffed chicken for a while now. But for some reason, I could never put my finger on exactly how I wanted to make it. There are obviously many ways you can roast chicken, but I wanted to do something that felt new and special.

I had a lot of ideas, but in the end, I actually kept things a little more classic…but with a twist, of course.

prep photo of White Wine Pan Sauce being made

Start with the chicken.

It all starts with an oven-safe skillet or roasting pan. I highly recommend my go-to Staub 12-inch cast-iron skillet. It’s the perfect pan for this recipe…and it’s extra pretty too.

Just be sure to use a pan that can go from the oven to the stove. You’ll roast the chicken in the oven, but then finish the pan sauce on the stove. This is why cast iron is ideal. But again, any roasting pan or stainless steel pan will also work.

For this dish, I used skin-on, boneless chicken breasts. You need skin-on chicken for this recipe, as you will stuff all that ricotta cheese under the chicken skin.

The cheese is mixed with fresh thyme, sage, and a pinch of nutmeg. It too is then stuffed underneath the chicken skin. It’s savory, cheesy, and very herby. As the chicken roasts, the cheese warms and the skin turns golden and crisp. Since ricotta doesn’t melt very much, it stays pretty secured under the chicken’s skin.

I like to roast the chicken alongside shallots, garlic, thyme, and cremini mushrooms.

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While the chicken is cooking, make the mashed cauliflower.

This is SO EASY. Simply, boil some cauliflower florets, drain, and mash with a little cream cheese (mostly for extra creaminess), butter, and salt. I know it seems so simple, but don’t knock the mashed cauliflower until you try it. It’s so creamy and really does taste similar to mashed potatoes, just a smidge lighter.

It’s the perfect healthy side dish to serve with this.

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Next, that pan sauce…it’s key.

Once the chicken has roasted and is cooked through, remove everything from the oven. Then transfer the chicken and mushrooms to a plate. It’s time to make that pan sauce.

Browned butter. White wine. Fresh apple cider.

I mean, SO GOOD. Dramatic, yes, but you really do need this pan sauce.

The sauce cooks down with the roasted garlic and shallots and turns into a flavorful, butter, herb-infused sauce with hints of wine and sweet autumn cider. It’s perfect when drizzled over the ricotta-stuffed chicken and roasted mushrooms.

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Serve the chicken and mushrooms over plates of mashed cauliflower, then spoon the sauce overtop.

Add crusty bread and a simple autumn salad. Best any night of the week dinner that would be just as perfect for a fancy dinner party with friends.

Also, if you’re looking for other sides to serve with this chicken, creamy mashed potatoes would be equally delicious. Especially once things get really cold come November.

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Looking for other easy autumn chicken recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

One Pot Lemon Rosemary Dijon Chicken and Butter Toasted Rice Pilaf

30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs with Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Chicken Noodle Casserole

Lastly, if you make this, Herbed Ricotta Stuffed Chicken In White Wine Pan Sauce with Mashed Cauliflower be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Herbed Ricotta Stuffed Chicken In Cider Pan Sauce with Mashed Cauliflower

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 715 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Mashed Cauliflower


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease an oven-safe skillet with olive oil.
    2.  In a bowl, combine the ricotta, gouda, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon sage, nutmeg, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
    3. Loosen the skin of the chicken breast with your fingertips. Stuff about 2 tablespoons of ricotta underneath the skin of each breast. Rub the chicken skin with olive oil, season with 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon sage, salt, and pepper. Transfer the chicken to the prepared skillet. Arrange the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms around the chicken. Drizzle olive oil over the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked.
    4. Remove from the oven and place the chicken and mushrooms on a plate.
    5. Place the skillet with the shallots and garlic over medium heat. Add the butter. Cook 1-2 minutes, until the butter is browned. Add the wine and cider. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes, until reduced by half. Slide the chicken and mushrooms back into the skillet, simmer 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
    6. Meanwhile, make the mashed cauliflower. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add cauliflower florets and cook until tender, 10 minutes. Drain well.
    6. In a food processor, combine the cauliflower, garlic, cream cheese, and butter, season to taste with salt and pepper. Pulse until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.
    7. To serve, spoon the mashed cauliflower onto plates. Add the chicken and mushrooms. Then spoon over the pan sauce. Top with fresh thyme. Enjoy!
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    1. Hi Robin,
      Sure, I don’t see why not! Let me know if you give this dish a try, I hope it turns out well for you! xT

  1. 3 stars
    Can you use apple juice if you can’t find apple cider in February? Or another suggested substitute ?

    1. Hey Katherine,
      Sure, apple juice should work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

    1. Hi Catherine,
      Sure, that should work for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you try it out! xx

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out great even with my modifications (skinless chicken, dried herbs, no cider). Chicken took longer to cook but no big deal. Sauce was perfection! Will be making again.

    1. Hi Caitlin,
      Perfect! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I am so glad it was a hit! xx

  3. Made this w/boneless skinless breast as that’s what I had on hand-just cut a pocket and put the cheese filling in and closed w/toothpicks. Great flavor and chicken was perfect!
    However cauliflower mash was so garlicky that any vampire would stay away for a year from any of us and it overpowered everything. 🧛‍♀️ Instead I’d use roasted garlic or omit the 2 cloves of garlic from the mash completely. Bon appetite!

  4. 5 stars
    We made this last night and it was wonderful! I accidentally bought breasts without the skin, but we just stuffed the cheese mixture into the breasts and it worked out fine. I also used ginger ale instead of the wine.

    1. Hey Jaime,
      Fantastic!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for trying it out! I hope you had a great holiday weekend!?

  5. Tieghan! I hope you see this in the next couple of hours before I need to get cookin’! I just realized I bought skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts instead of skin-on boneless, and out of habit I accidentally bought sliced mushrooms instead of whole.

    Searched quickly on Google…it looks like I should increase cooking time for bone-in breasts to 35-45 minutes. Does that sound right? If so, can the shallot and garlic be cooked the whole 35-45 minutes too, or should I add them when the chicken has about 20 minutes remaining? What about the *sliced* mushrooms?

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Yes, I would just increase your cooking time until your chicken reaches an internal temp of 160F. The sliced mushrooms are fine, just use them as is:) I hope you love the recipe, let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  6. 4 stars
    I liked how low-prep and easy this was to make, and all in one skillet! I like that this is one of those dishes that you can “dress up or down,” depending on the type of evening or company you have.

    1. Hey! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for trying it out and Happy Halloween! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made this for company and everyone loved it. It’s a wonderful meal to serve guests because it’s seriously impressive but not difficult or time-consuming. Will definitely be making this again!