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25 April 2011 @ 02:24 pm
Haute Comfort Food  
Creamed Chicken

Haute Comfort Food

Creamed chicken on mashed potatoes was a childhood favorite. This is a more sophisticated version.


3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 C chicken broth (approximate)

1 C Heavy Cream
8 oz Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
8 T Butter
6 T Flour
3 t Cognac (to taste)
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Morton Nature's Seasons (to taste)

Poach Chicken Breasts
- Place breasts in pan just large enough to hold them in one layer, cover with chicken broth
- Bring the broth to the boil over medium-high heat
- Simmer for 2 minutes
- Turn the heat off and let breasts sit in the hot broth for 20 minutes
- Remove breasts to cool, reserve liquid
- Cut breasts into 1/2" cubes

Saute Mushrooms in 2 T butter. Season with salt and pepper and set aside

Make Sauce
- Melt 6 T butter in large saucepan, blend in the flour, and cook over medium heat until bubbly
- Add 2 C of the reserved poaching liquid and the Heavy Cream and stir until thickened and smooth
- Add the chicken cubes
- Add the mushrooms with their liquid and cook until mixture begins to bubble.
- Season to taste with Nature's Seasons, salt and pepper
- Add Cognac 1 t at a time, to taste

Serve on mashed potatoes, rice, or pastry shells

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NC_Bear: Chef Mickeync_bear on April 26th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
I can't imagine what you're doing wrong... basic medium white sauce is 2 T butter, 2 T flour, 1 C milk (add 1/2 C Cheddar for cheese sauce); Veloute is 2-2, 1 C broth; Mornay is 2-2, 1/2 C broth, 1/2 C cream and 1/2 C Swiss Cheese; (plus some seasoning in each case). You melt the butter, add the flour, cook until bubbly, add the liquid and heat to boiling. Works for me every time.
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gardencubgardencub on April 26th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Are you adding the liquids very slowly, over low heat and whisking the entire time? If you dump the liquid into the flour/butter mixture and then try to stir, you will have a mass of paste on the bottom of the pan.

When you add your flour, are you just dumping it in? try sprinkling it into the butter while stirring.
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DanceBear: bad_beardancecub on April 26th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
Why the apron?
NC_Bear: Comfort Foodnc_bear on April 26th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Why not?
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