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Chicken a la King (Chef's version)

ingredients

serves: 4 - 6
1 stewing chicken, about 1.5 kg (3 lb)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
bouquet garni
rind and juice of 1 lemon
3 spring onions, chopped
60 g (2 oz) butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 green capsicum, finely chopped
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg salt and pepper
2 egg yolks
1 cup cream

method

1. Place chicken in a large saucepan with sufficient water to just cover.

2. Add onion, carrot, celery and bouquet garni.

3. Cover and simmer gently for 2 to 3 hours, until chicken is tender.

4. When cooked, remove chicken from pan, cool, then prepare 4 cups of diced chicken meat.

5. Strain stock and return to pan.

6. Add lemon rind and spring onions to stock and reduce liquid to 1 cup.

7. Remove lemon rind.

8. Melt butter in a saucepan and saute mushrooms and capsicum until soft.

9. Stir in flour and cook gently for 2 to 3 minutes.

10. Add lemon juice, milk and stock, bring to the boil, stirring continuously.

11. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste and chicken and cook a further 5 minutes.

12. Blend egg yolks with cream, stir in gradually and heat through without boiling.

13. Serve hot with boiled rice.

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