Chicken in Cream Sauce Recipe

Chicken in Cream Sauce. Laurel Fan
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
753 Calories
49g Fat
9g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 753
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 243mg 81%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 62g
Calcium 114mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken in cream sauce recipe, famously known as volaille a la crème in the Bresse region, is delicious in its simplicity. Brown high-quality chicken in butter and then simmer it in a cream sauce. That’s all there is to it!

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 cup white mushrooms, cleaned with bottoms trimmed
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 cups crème fraiche

Steps to Make It

  1. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven over high heat, sauté the chicken in the butter, turning once, until it is brown. The process will take about 3-4 minutes for each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  2. Turn the heat to medium and sauté the onions for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, shallots, and sugar to the pan. Sauté the mixture for 6-8 minutes, until the shallots turn soft and the mixture is caramelized. Transfer the vegetables to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

  3. Turn the heat to high, and deglaze the Dutch oven by bring the white wine to a simmer, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock, browned chicken, and thyme to the wine, cover, and lower the heat to low-medium. Braise the chicken for 10 minutes.

  4. Turn the heat to medium high, add the crème fraiche to the Dutch oven, and simmer, uncovered, for an additional 10 minutes. The dish is ready when the sauce has reduced and thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Serve it hot with the caramelized vegetable garnish.