Chicken in Phyllo with Bechamel Sauce
Unfortunately, I did not take a picture when I made this. This is a recipe to make on a day when you have a lot of time. Phyllo dough is difficult and tender to work with, but well worth it. This recipe is from I’ll Cook When Pigs Fly by the Junior League of Cincinnati.
For the chicken:
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen phyllo dough
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 celery heart, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 medium sized onions, minced
- 3 or 4 whole chicken breasts, cooked and diced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 3 eggs, well-beaten
For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups hot chicken broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 fresh lemon juice
- 3 eggs yolks, beaten
Thaw phyllo dough, in package, in refrigerator overnight. Carefully unroll and cover with slightly damp linen towel or plastic wrap until ready to use. Set melted butter aside.
In large skillet, saute celery in 1/2 cup butter for 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until onion is transparent.
Stir in chicken and broth. Cook until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand until cool.
Add parsley, salt and black pepper to chicken mixture. Fold in beaten egg.
Place phyllo dough on baking sheet. Brushing each with melted butter, stack 6 sheets.
Spread enough chicken mixture on top sheet to just cover surface, leaving 2-inch margin around edges. Roll up, place seam side down, seal edges securely, brush with butter and slice 3/4 of the way through the roll to make 8 equal portions. Prepare a second roll in the same way.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
As chicken rolls complete baking, prepare sauce. In saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes. Add broth quickly and stir briskly. Season with salt.
In separate bowl, blend lemon juice and eggs. Add small amount of hot sauce to egg mixture and stir, then add eggs to sauce and mix thoroughly.
Spoon sauce on individual servings of chicken roll.