Chicken Velouté, One of the Five Mother Sauces

Chicken Veloute
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
51 Calories
3g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*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.)

Velouté (prounounced "vuh-loo-TAY") is one of the five mother sauces of classical cuisine, which means it's a starting point from which a number of sauces can be made, rather than a finished sauce itself. It's sort of like a blank coloring book—you start with the lines and shapes and then color it in any way you choose.

Like béchamel, velouté is considered a white sauce, and both are thickened with roux. Whereas béchamel has milk as its base, velouté is made with stock. Since there are three types of white stock—chicken, veal, and fish—there are likewise three types of velouté, but chicken is the most common.

One of the sauces that's derived from chicken velouté is called a suprême sauce, and it's made by finishing a veloute with cream, butter, and lemon juice. Supreme sauce is known as a secondary mother sauce because it can be served itself or used as the basis for still other sauce recipes.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken veloute sauce ingredients
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  2. Heat the chicken stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.

    Simmer chicken stock
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  3. In a separate heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the clarified butter over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Take care not to let it turn brown.

    Melt butter in saucepan until frothy
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  4. With a wooden spoon, stir the flour into the melted butter a little bit at a time, until it is fully incorporated, giving you a pale-yellow-colored paste called a roux.

    Stir in flour to butter to make roux
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  5. Heat the roux for another few minutes or so, until it has turned a light blond color. This helps cook off the raw flour flavor. Since this is a white sauce, you don't want to let the roux get too dark.

    Heat roux until it's a light color
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  6. Using a wire whisk, slowly add the hot chicken stock to the roux, whisking vigorously to make sure it's free of lumps.

    Slowly add chicken stock to roux
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  7. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by about one-third, stirring frequently to make sure the sauce doesn't scorch at the bottom of the pan. Use a ladle to skim off any impurities that rise to the surface.

    Simmer roux and use ladle to remove impurities
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  8. The resulting sauce should be smooth and velvety. If it's too thick, whisk in a bit more hot stock until it's just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

    Whisk in more stock if roux is too thick
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  9. Remove the sauce from the heat. For an extra smooth consistency, carefully pour the sauce through a wire mesh strainer lined with a piece of cheesecloth.

    Pour roux through cheesecloth or smoother consistency
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  10. Keep the velouté covered until you're ready to use it.

    Finished chicken veloute sauce
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Recipe Variation

  • While the most common type of velouté is made with chicken stock, you can make it with veal stock or fish stock, depending on which protein you'll be pairing it with.