Chicken in a Gluten Free Cream Cheese Sauce

Sometimes it's all about the sauce!  
Creamy or spicy, hot or cold, savoury or sweet; the right sauce can turn an ordinary meal into something extraordinary!  
The Italians understand the importance of a great sauce; alfredo, marinara and pesto, to name a few.  Some countries like their sauces spicy with the addition of chili or curry powder. The French take their sauces very seriously,  breaking them down into classifications called the Five Mother Sauces from which all French sauces are made.  Béchamel, one of the Mother Sauces is made by thickening milk or cream with a roux of flour and butter, which can then be flavoured or used as the base for cheese sauce. Julia Child once said "If you are afraid of cream, use butter!"  For these are the secret to a wonderful creamy sauce.
When I was expecting my children I didn't have cravings for strange food combinations, what I wanted was sauces.  Mashed potatoes, gravy and cheese sauce made regular appearances at my dinner table.  They are so comforting and satisfying and if a pregnant women wants sauce, give her sauce!
It turns out it is very easy to make a Béchamel sauce gluten free.  Because it uses such a small amount of flour you can simply replace the wheat flour called for in the recipe with the same amount of a gluten free flour blend.  It thickens very nicely and no one eating the sauce will even know the difference.  The key ingredient in this sauce is cream cheese, it doesn't take a lot but it is wonderful!
Another ingredient that makes this sauce so good is Greek Seasoning.  It doesn't overpower the cream cheese, but gives it some life.  Pampered Chef and Epicure both sell a Greek spice blend or you can mix your own, I found a recipe on To Simply Inspire. You can replace the chicken with white fish or pork chops and I have been tempted to try it with chick peas or beans because in this dish it really is all about the sauce!

Chicken In A Gluten Free Cream Cheese Sauce  

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Gluten Free Flour Blend 
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Dash pepper 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 125 g. (1/2 package) cream cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Greek Seasoning 
In a heavy skillet brown chicken breasts in vegetable oil.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat, blend in GF flour, salt and pepper.  Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened.  Reduce heat to low ,cut cream cheese into cubes and add to sauce, stirring until melted.  Stir in Greek Seasoning.  Pour sauce over chicken.  Cover and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through.    

1 comment

Raia said...

Anything plus cream cheese sounds delicious to me. ;) I've never thought to put it on chicken, though! Definitely going to have to give it a try. :) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Savoring Saturdays! Hope to see you back again this weekend!