Chicken in cheese and mustard sauce recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 50 min
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  • Chicken smothered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce with a hint of mustard then baked until bubbling and golden this dish is a real winter warmer! Serve with boiled and crushed potatoes, boiled rice or buttered noodles and steamed green vegetables for a filling family supper. If you’re short on time then use a tub of ready-made cheese sauce and heat through gently with the mustard before pouring over the chicken.

    Ingredients

    • 4 skinless chicken breast fillets
    • 25g butter
    • 25g plain flour
    • 600ml milk
    • 100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
    • 1tbsp wholegrain mustard
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method

    • Preheat the oven the 190°C/375°F/Fan 170°C/Gas Mark 5. Place the chicken fillets in a shallow ovenproof dish, cover and bake the chicken for 20 mins.

    • Meanwhile, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 mins. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the milk.

    • Return the pan to the heat and slowly bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 mins, stirring, until you have a smooth thick sauce. Stir in the cheese and mustard and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    • Uncover the chicken and pour over the sauce. Return the dish to the oven and bake, uncovered, for a further 25-30 mins until the sauce is bubbling and golden.

    Top tip for making Chicken in cheese and mustard sauce

    If you prefer a smooth sauce stir in 2tsp of smooth Dijon mustard or 1-2tsp English mustard powder instead of the wholegrain mustard.

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