Chicken Suprême Sauce

Chicken supreme sauce

The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 quart

The suprême sauce is a finished sauce made by enriching a chicken velouté sauce with heavy cream. It is a luxurious sauce that is the ideal accompaniment for sautéed chicken. Serve it alongside grilled asparagus or roasted vegetables for a simple dinner turned elegant.

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


  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 quart chicken velouté

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

  • Dash of lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken Suprême Cream Sauce ingredients
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  2. 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.

    Gently heat cream
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  3. 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.

    Heat veloute
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  4. Stir the warm cream into the velouté and bring it back to a simmer for just a moment.

    Add cream into the velouté
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  5. 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.

    Stir supreme sauce
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  • 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 the 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. 1-quart mushroom sauce is wonderful with chicken or on pasta.

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

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