There is nothing quite like creamed chicken to bring back memories of my childhood. I remember the almost overbearing excitement I would have when my mother would cook this meal. I would skip and slide down our wood planked hallways hoping to sneak a taste from the pot. (I’m pretty sure on more than one occasion I probably tripped over my flailing limbs, or got told to “Stop running inside!” We are civil people after all.) I’m not sure she understood my deep affection for this particular meal, but I can always call back to mind how our home would fill with the most incredible of aromas.
It was a warm, comforting smell that made you feel all cozy inside. You know how in the winter when you burrow yourself deep down inside the softest of blankets and in your half awake state you are in complete bliss? That is the feeling I get when I smell or consume this meal.
Always tender boiled (yes I said boiled) chicken breasts bathed in a light béchamel sauce flavored with salt, black pepper and fresh parsley. All of this served a top the nuttiness of brown rice, and you have yourself a full out comfort food winner.
Of course as all things do, the recipe for this has changed several times. I have made it precisely the way my mother taught me, and I have occasionally made some variations here and there depending on the ingredients I have on hand. I have added nutmeg, or completely omitted it. Commonly, I add smoked paprika which while adding richness and a deeper tone to the meal compliments both the heartiness of the chicken and the earthiness of the mushrooms. I’ve also added a touch of white truffle oil to enhance the flavor, but the meal is completely enjoyable without.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-2 cups warm milk
-¼ cup butter
-¼ cup flour
-¾ teaspoon salt (you can add more or less depending on your taste)
-¾ teaspoon black pepper
-½ teaspoon smoked paprika
-¼ cup fine chopped parsley
-6 basil leaves chopped
-1 package mushrooms sliced (you can use Portobello or White)
-1 tsp olive oil
-1 cup rice
-2 cups water
-1 tsp coconut oil
Directions (for chicken, mushrooms and sauce):
Directions for Rice:
Enjoy! This is excellent as leftovers and is great as a large make ahead for meals during the week.
As always eat healthy stay fit,