Poulet a la Creme

Poulet a la creme

I was reading Jacques Pépin’s engaging biography “The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen” where I found this wonderfully simple recipe for chicken in cream sauce. I’ve always liked French home-cooking as opposed to the fancier cuisine de palace, because frankly, it’s comfort food and a darn much easier to do.

This will be my second attempt at French cuisine; I guess having tried something slightly more complicated like the Rôti de Porc Au Lait gave me a little more confidence. Besides, this recipe really looked simple and didn’t require a lot of fancy equipment. It was a one-pot-one-bowl recipe.

And it called for a bouquet garni, which perfumes the whole house and this manly blog can manage to do without too much mess.

Anyway, true to the genius of Jacques Pépin, the recipe was ridiculously easy to follow and I had a lot of fun doing the Beurre Manière which magically transformed deliriously delicious stock into a thick, rich broth.

Beurre Manière

I didn’t exactly follow the recipe because the cream sauce looked so good that I made extra to use in mash potatoes. As you can see from the first photo, I got carried away with the saucing but deary deary me, it was oh so very good.

But that’s a story for another time.

Poulet a la creme

Posted on 3rd Feb 2008 in French, Fun


There Are 11 Comments


Pete commented on February 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Your pictures looked so good, I could almost taste the chicken!


hi commented on February 4, 2008 at 6:17 pm

wheres the recipe?? >< haha


Mich commented on February 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm

Yah boy, where’s the recipe? Where’s the climax? 🙂


gurge commented on February 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm

wowee, when are you gonna put that up for sale? sorry really hungry at work now 😛

anyway, thought you might be the right person to ask, i’m looking to take up some kinda course, not an ultra serious one, maybe cooking or any other recommendations you may have? 😉 thanks in advance

*stomach growls*


sorina commented on February 5, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Excellent instructions and photos. Awesome Post!


Ivan commented on February 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm

@Pete: Thanks! The chicken was very good!

@hi: Coming soon on another blog near you!

@Mich: Soon… Soon! Just got back lah!


Ivan commented on February 5, 2008 at 8:32 pm

@gurge: I guess you can sign up at your nearest CC. I learnt most of my cooking from my family, friends, cookbooks and mostly using the Force.

@sorina: Thanks! Detailed instructions are coming soon at a new blog.


Karen Lim commented on February 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Looks yummy… makes me hungry looking at it…. simplicity is an art….


Ivan commented on February 29, 2008 at 12:26 am

@Karen Lim: Thanks! I’ve been told to check out the Sunday Metro Edition of The Star this weekend… *HINT* *HINT*


Karen Lim commented on March 2, 2008 at 9:10 pm


wow! even appeared in our local paper in Malaysia – and central edition at that! congrats. best in singapore and kl… and some say (where to next?). hats off to you!


Ivan commented on March 3, 2008 at 11:50 am

@Karen Lim: Thanks! Coming next is Hungary and off the beaten track at a popular tourist island resort that is not Singapore.

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