Chicken Suprême Sauce

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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart (8 portions)
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The suprême sauce is a finished sauce made by enriching a chicken velouté sauce with heavy cream. It is a luxurious sauce that is an ideal accompaniment for sautéed chicken. Serve it alongside grilled asparagus or roasted vegetables for a simple dinner turned elegant.

Suprême sauce also the base from which a number of other classical sauces are built, and due to that it is called as secondary mother sauce. It is the base for ivory sauce, creamy mushroom sauce, or aurora sauce.

If you don't happen to have chicken velouté sauce on hand, you will have to make it. This is not a difficult process as you use chicken stock, make a roux of clarified butter and flour, and then add that to the heated chicken stock to thicken it. Backing it up another step, you can either buy chicken stock ready-made or make your own.

One thing to keep in mind is that it is tricky to reheat cream sauces, so it is best to make only the amount you will be using for the meal. If you want to do some of the prep ahead of time, the velouté sauce can be made and refrigerated or frozen.

What You'll Need

  • 1 quart chicken velouté
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • White pepper (freshly ground), to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, gently heat the heavy cream to just below a simmer, but don't let it boil. Cover it and keep it warm.
  2. Heat the velouté in a separate saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes or until the total volume has reduced by about a cup.
  3. Stir the warm cream into the velouté and bring it back to a simmer for just a moment.
  1. Stir in the butter, season to taste with kosher salt and white pepper and just a dash of lemon juice. Strain through cheesecloth and serve right away.

Leftover sauce can be very gently reheated, but it often will show some separation and not be as smooth. This may be fine for home leftovers, but not for serving at a dinner party.

Sauces Made With Suprême Sauce

For aurora sauce, you would stir 1 cup of tomato purée into the suprême sauce and simmer it for a minute before it is ready to serve. Aurora sauce is excellent to use for pasta dishes, vegetables, and egg dishes.

To make mushroom sauce, you would sauté 1/2 cup of mushrooms in butter and lemon juice until they are soft. Then add 2 cups of the suprême sauce and simmer it for five minutes before it is ready to serve. Creamy mushroom sauce is wonderful with chicken or on pasta.

Ivory sauce is made by adding meat glace or demi-glace to suprême sauce, enhancing the savory flavors.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 263
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Sodium 95 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 17 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)