Chicken Soubise

Chicken Soubise

Serves 6 to 8

 8 chicken thighs
 salt and pepper, to taste
 1/4 cup butter, for sauteing
 1 medium onion, chopped
 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
 1/2 cup butter
 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 2 cups fresh milk
 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1 cup sliced grapes, seeds removed (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Season chicken with salt and pepper.

In a skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the butter and sauté onion about 1 minute. Brown chicken on both sides lightly. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Add mushrooms to the skillet and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Remove onions and mushrooms from pan and set aside.

In same skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter. Gradually add the flour and stir until combined.

Slowly pour in the milk, stirring continuously to prevent lumps and to smooth the mixture. Let simmer about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Stir in cheese and nutmeg and contnue simmering until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and spoon off excess oil.

Arrange chicken in a baking dish. Top with the sauteed onions and mushrooms. Pour in the butter-milk mixture. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Add grapes just before serving, if desired.

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