Creamy Chicken and Noodles
Warm your family and friends with this rich and creamy chicken casserole. Add peas if you like!
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 12 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped
- 1 small rib celery, finely chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2-2 cups homemade or store-bought chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- A few grates of nutmeg
- 2-3 cups cooked poached chicken breast or rotisserie chicken, pulled or chopped, skin and bones removed
- 1/2 pound extra-wide egg noodles
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill or tarragon, chopped
Heat the butter and EVOO in a large, deep skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Lightly brown the mushrooms, 10-12 minutes. Stir in the thyme, leeks, carrot and celery and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, partially covered, until the vegetables soften, 10 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 1 minute, then pour in the wine, letting it absorb. Add the stock and bring to a bubble. Stir in the cream, season with a little nutmeg and let the sauce thicken a bit. Add the chicken and cook to heat through.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles to al dente. Stir the Dijon mustard into the creamy chicken, and then combine the sauce with the noodles and chopped herbs.
Cook’s Note: Cool and store the sauce for an easy make-ahead meal. Bring to room temperature before reheating over medium heat. Cook the noodles right before serving.