Asparagus Gratin with Chicken
INGREDIENTS
  • -about 12 thin asparagus spears
  • -2 chicken breasts (skinless/boneless) boiled, broiled, grilled or roasted, chop them up into bite size pieces.
  • -chopped mushrooms (about 3/4 of a cup)
  • -1 cup of mixed grated cheeses of your liking (I personally love to use mozzarella, provolone, and jack cheese for this dish)
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • -2 Tbs. Flour
  • -2 Tbs. butter
  • -1 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • -1/2 cup heavy cream (you can substitute the chicken broth and heavy cream with 2 cups of whole milk)
  • -1/4 tsp. of white pepper (salt to taste)
  • -about a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
DIRECTIONS
  1. -Melt the butter on low to medium heat and slowly whisk in the flour for about 2 minutes or until fragrant. (constantly whisk the butter & flour together to prevent them from forming lumps)
  2. -slowly and gradually whisk in the whole milk (or the chicken broth & the heavy cream)
  3. -keep whisking until thickened
  4. -add the nutmeg/pepper/salt (blend them all evenly) set aside and cool.
  5. -cut the asparagus spears into small bite size pieces, leaving about 6 spears uncut to use for decoration
  6. -spray the bottom of a baking dish (preferably a round one) with cooking spray
  7. -line the bottom of the dish with the chicken, mushrooms, & asparagus pieces (salt to taste)
  8. -top with half of the cheese mixture and spread the white sauce (bechamel sauce) over the chicken & cheese mixture.
  9. -top it again with the 2nd half of the cheese mix and decorate (flowershape) the top with the six asparagus spears left behind :-)