Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grilled Chicken with Red Chile Veloute Sauce

Several people asked about the recipe for the dish I made last night for my 10 Tips for Cold Weather Grilling post. It was actually "homework".

I have been taking a few lessons at Rouxbe Online Cooking School. After watching the lesson comprised of several short videos (the one below was one of 8 for the lesson) you have practice assignments to apply what you just learned. This dish was what I came up with for my assignment.

Grilled Chicken with Red Chile Veloute Sauce
Source: Nibble Me This with an assist from Rouxbe

4 chicken breasts
2 Tbsp Poultry Perfect Rub (recipe follows)
3 Tbsp butter, unsalted
3 Tbsp flour
2+ cups chicken stock
salt to taste
white pepper to taste
1-2 red chile
1 Tbsp parsley, finely diced
1 Tbsp butter cold

Season the chicken with the poultry rub and let sit at room temperature. Fire up your grill and let it preheat.

Start making your veloute sauce.

In case you can't get video, it's basically making a blond roux with the butter and flour. Gradually whisk in the stock in small increments, kind of like a risotto. Use the best stock you can get because it is the star of this sauce. I had made two quarts on Sunday so I used a little over two cups of that. It's not an exact measurement because you go by the texture of the sauce to know when you've added enough.

After it has simmered lightly for 20 minutes, I add in the chiles and parsley. I break one end of the chiles and pour out the seeds so I'm using mostly only red pepper flake.

Grill the chicken over direct heat at 400f for 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes, or until the breasts hit 160f on an instant read thermometer. Remove and let rest.

Add the 1 Tbsp of very cold butter to the veloute sauce and stir until slowly melted and emulsified into the sauce.

Slice the chicken in 1/4" slices, fan it out, and spoon some of the sauce across the chicken. I served ours with Reeni's Roasted Lemon Garlic Ginger Carrots. It all disappeared quickly.

Poultry Perfect Rub
from the wonderful book Smoke and Spice by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

3/4 cup Hungarian paprika (don't use Spanish, the type DOES make a difference)
1/4 cup black pepper freshly ground
1/4 cup celery salt
1/4 cup sugar (use Sugar In The Raw or turbinado sugar instead)
2 tablespoon onion powder (I coarse grind dried onion flakes instead)
2 tablespoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons cayenne (I reduce it by 1/2 t and replace it with 1/2 t of red pepper flakes)
2 tablespoon zest from 3 to 4 lemons dried and minced

Mix and store.


  1. Oooo, this looks delish! Kind of goes along with my theory that chicken breast can be good with the right sauce!!

  2. How do you like those cooking videos?

  3. Thanks for posting this Chris, it sounds delicious. My only disappointment was that it wasn't your video. You're the only video star I know.

  4. I knew you'd eventually get around to posting the recipe...otherwise I may have had to start sending harassing emails!! This sounds like something I would LOVE!!

  5. Chris - Your veloute sauce and the chicken both look impeccable! Now that you've mastered veloute, you can take it in all sorts of directions.

    Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been having a hard time keeping up lately. I grilled a sausage ring the other day in the freezing cold and really enjoyed myself. I had to chuckle because I wondered if you and Alexis were doing the same thing. LOL! There is definitely a certain peace about being outdoors, even if you can see your breath.

  6. Do you say "veloute" with a really snobby accent? I would.

  7. Way to go! It looks great and is all about the presentation! Good job and thanks for the video!

  8. Love the presentation on this...so cool that the saucing followed the grill lines.

  9. I am so glad you posted these recipes! When I saw the pictures on your Cold Weather Grill Tips post, I was hoping that you would be posting them.

  10. I've never made a veloute sauce before...at least now I know I've been pronouncing it wrong!

  11. Your chicken must of been incredibly good with that spiced up rub and the veloute sauce! I've made veloute sauce before but didn't know it - I called it bechamel. Thank you for the shout out and for trying my carrots!

  12. Wow! I am loving the rub and the sauce...the chicken looks fantastic.

  13. This looks absolutely fantastic. I've heard of that Rouxbe school...how are you liking it?

  14. Your chicken looks so velvety.

  15. Excellent presentation and a great looking recipe!

  16. I should never read your blog before dinner ... makes me want to rethink my sad little meal plan. That rub sounds delicious, with the zesty peppery mix and the sauce looks like a perfect finish. Great looking meal!!

  17. Can you somehow convince my professors that this is what homework should really be about? Way more important to learn how to make a veloute than to learn about kidney damage. Seriously.

  18. What kind of red chile pepper did you use? Dry? Fresh?

  19. Susan,

    They were the basic dried red whole cayenne chiles that you can buy by the bag. It's basically the same thing as red pepper flake.


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