Chicken Mushroom Vol-Au-Vent
Step into the world of elegant French cuisine with this Chicken Mushroom Vol-au-Vent. This dish is a classic centerpiece for special occasions, boasting layers of flavor and a visually stunning presentation. Bon appétit!
- 1 baking sheet
- 1 skillet
- 1 lb chicken breasts (450 g) boneless, skinless, diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4¼ tbsp butter (60 g)
- 2 cups mushrooms (sliced)
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour (50 g)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 cups chicken broth (500 ml-16 oz)
- salt and pepper
- Prepare the Puff Pastry Cases: preheat your oven to the temperature specified on the puff pastry package. Roll out the puff pastry sheets and cut them into squares or circles, depending on your preference. Create a smaller square or circle within each piece, leaving a border around the edges. This will form the "lid" that will be lifted to fill the vol-au-vent later.
- Bake the Cases: place the prepared puff pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the edges of the smaller square or circle with the beaten egg to create a seal. Bake according to the package instructions until the pastry is golden brown and puffed. Once done, carefully remove the center lid to create a hollow space.
- Make the Filling:- In a large skillet, add olive oil over medium heat. Add diced chicken and cook until browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.- In the same skillet, add a bit more olive oil if needed and add sliced mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture. Set aside.- Add the butter, heat it (still medium heat) and sprinkle flour over it and stir well to combine. This creates a roux.- Gradually pour in chicken broth stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.- Return the cooked chicken and mushrooms to the skillet. Simmer until the sauce thickens and the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Fill the Vol-au-Vent: spoon the creamy chicken and mushroom mixture into the hollowed-out puff pastry cases.
- Serve: place the pastry lids back on top. Serve the Chicken Mushroom Vol-au-Vent immediately, and savor the luxurious combination of flavors and textures.
- Experiment with different mushrooms like shiitake for additional depth of flavor.
- If the sauce becomes too thick, you can adjust the consistency by adding a little more chicken broth.
- Serve the vol-au-vent with french fries or rice.