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Rating: 4.08 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

This was my Grandma's secret family recipe from her French ancestors. I have never seen a recipe like this on any site. It's a rich creamy sauce over chicken...great with mashed potatoes. A great dish for Easter or Christmas.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix flour and margarine together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the flour and margarine form a paste.

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  • Whisk cream into flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time until smoothly combined; whisk in chicken broth and parsley. Bring sauce to a simmer, whisking constantly until thickened.

  • Whisk egg yolks and lemon juice together in a bowl.

  • Whisk egg yolk mixture slowly into cream mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until the sauce barely comes to a simmer and coats the back of a spoon. Do not boil.

  • If thicker sauce is desired, whisk cornstarch and 1/4 cup of sauce in a small bowl; stir cornstarch mixture back into sauce until thickened, about 2 minutes.

  • Stir chicken breast pieces into sauce until chicken is heated through.

Cook's Note:

To make a lighter version, use light cream, low-sodium chicken broth, and light margarine.

Nutrition Facts

693 calories; protein 23.3g; carbohydrates 12.6g; fat 61.7g; cholesterol 414.6mg; sodium 702.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
Tastes really good similar to hollandaise sauce. It tasted even better with the mashed potatoes. I think next time I will put some veggies in it and try it with noodles or rice. I also wonder how I can make it not separate it was probably the margarine I was using but it sucks when it separates because it doesn't look as appetizing as it really is. Also the recipe makes a ton which is why next time I will half it. of course I didn't use 4 chicken breasts because we usually get full with 2 or 3 cut up in sauce no matter what it is. But I don't think 4 chicken breasts would suffice with the amount it makes. definitely worth trying and tweaking to your tastes although the original is still very good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/23/2016
The secret is, it has no taste. Where's the onions, celery, garlic, salt, pepper...ANYTHING! This is NOT Chicken Fricassee. This is chicken in a yellow gravy. Sorry. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
Tastes really good similar to hollandaise sauce. It tasted even better with the mashed potatoes. I think next time I will put some veggies in it and try it with noodles or rice. I also wonder how I can make it not separate it was probably the margarine I was using but it sucks when it separates because it doesn't look as appetizing as it really is. Also the recipe makes a ton which is why next time I will half it. of course I didn't use 4 chicken breasts because we usually get full with 2 or 3 cut up in sauce no matter what it is. But I don't think 4 chicken breasts would suffice with the amount it makes. definitely worth trying and tweaking to your tastes although the original is still very good! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2012
This is really tasty! You can use skim milk you'll just need to add a little more flour for your roux. Don't let this recipe intimidate you its easy and great for leftover chicken! Read More
(10)
Rating: 1 stars
01/22/2016
The secret is, it has no taste. Where's the onions, celery, garlic, salt, pepper...ANYTHING! This is NOT Chicken Fricassee. This is chicken in a yellow gravy. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2013
This was okay. I liked it though not necessarily enough to cook it again but my husband couldn't eat it. However he won't eat several creamy sauces. The chicken and sauce was good served on the mashed potatoes. My sauce separated but tasted fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2018
I think this dish is simple and delicious! I can t understand why someone would write anything negative about it. If desired add onions or veggies. But it definitely doesn t deserve a negative review. It s so hard to believe that grown adults cannot mind their manners and feel the need to write such awful things. Some people need to grow up and learn some respect. I give this recipe 5 stars because there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I personally will probably add onions to the margarine flour mix at the beginning next time. I put it over rice and steamed broccoli. My mother makes a very similar sauce and adds the onions to it. She uses the sauce to make a broccoli and cauliflower casserole. This is a simple recipe that is delicious. It s like comfort food to me:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2020
This is a great base recipe. My mom used to make this all the time except she’d use whole milk instead of heavy cream. She also started adding a Rosemary sprig from her garden into the white sauce. We’d put it on white rice, crumble some bacon on top and Yum! So, so good. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/10/2016
I made this recipe as prescribed to give it the benefit of the doubt. I wish I hadn't. 1/4 cup of lemon juice? The end result of that particular ingredient is a disgusting and inedible waste of food! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2020
I made this instead of turkey for Thanksgiving, 2020. It's going to be creamy and lovely with roasted red potatoes and roasted broccoli. I am letting it sit for a couple hours to let the juices settle. Yum! Read More