Chicken With Mornay Sauce

Healthy turkey divan with broccoli and rice
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Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 38 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
482 Calories
30g Fat
25g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 482
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 638mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 301mg 23%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 382mg 8%
*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.)

Diced cooked chicken is combined with a delicious creamy Mornay sauce in this easy recipe. The creamy mixture is then spooned over noodles, topped with Parmesan cheese, and baked to perfection.

It's an easy dish to prepare especially with leftover cooked chicken, spit-roasted deli chicken, or freshly sautéed or poached chicken. A little diced pimiento, along with milk and a little sherry turns ho-hum poultry into a gift from the gods.

Serve the chicken over hot cooked noodles, or feel free to use hot cooked rice in this dish. Add a salad or side vegetable and you have a fabulous family meal. Try making this recipe with leftover holiday turkey.


  • 8 ounces egg noodles, medium to wide

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk (whole or low-fat)

  • 1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimiento, drained

  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, or turkey, diced

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.

  2. Cook the noodles following package directions. Drain well and place in the prepared baking dish. Set aside.

  3. Melt the butter in a medium-to-large saucepan. Blend in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

  4. Gradually add milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

  5. Add pimiento, sherry, and chicken, and cook until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, mixing well.

  6. Top the noodles with the chicken mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

  7. Remove from oven, cool slightly, and serve while hot.

What Is a Mornay Sauce?

While the sauce in this recipe isn't a true Mornay sauce, it's pretty darn close. In its strictest definition, a Mornay sauce is a béchamel sauce to which cheese, usually Parmesan and Swiss, has been added. 

This all-purpose sauce sometimes is varied with the addition of fish or chicken stock, more cream, or egg yolks. It's wonderful with hard-cooked or poached eggs, fish, shellfish, chicken, as it is used here, and vegetables, especially asparagus.