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Chicken with Broccoli

Chicken Broccoli

I think I like any dish with cheese… I guess it has to do with my swiss roots 😉  In Switzerland, at family restaurants, almost everything has cheese in it – if not, they put cheese on top!

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken – in pieces
  • 2 carrots, 1 celery stick, parsley
  • 1 large broccoli – in small pieces
  • 3 oz (100 gr) grated cheese (Gruyère)
  • 3 oz (100 gr) grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 oz (75 gr) butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper and nutmeg to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken in a stock pot. Add the carrots, celery, parsley and 1 teaspoon salt. Add water and boil for about 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender.
  2. Take out the chicken and let cool.  Save the chicken broth for a nice Consommé.

For the cream sauce (Béchamel):

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter at medium heat.
  2. Add the flour and let fry while stirring constantly for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring the heat to medium – high, and continue stirring until it starts to boil.

Now to put it all together:

  1. Make a first layer of broccoli.
    Chicken Broccoli 1
  2. Then a layer of chicken.
    Chicken Broccoli 2
  3. One layer of Béchamel sauce, and then at the end, sprinkle Gruyère and Parmesan.
    Chicken Broccoli 3
  4. Place in a warm oven at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 1 hour.