Basic Poached Chicken:
In a large straight-sided skillet or pot, combine all
ingredients except chicken; cover with water by 1/2
inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add chicken and
cover skillet and remove from heat. Let stand until
chicken is cooked through about 15 to 20 minutes,
flipping halfway through. Remove chicken from poaching
liquid, let cool, slice thin.
Heat oven to 350F.
saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook broccoli
for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and
shock in a bowl of ice water, set aside, covered.
In a heavy
melt butter over low, add mushrooms and cook until
tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Add flour and cook, stirring for
Add broth and bring mixture to a
boil. Cook on low, stirring, for 5-10 minutes or
In a mixing bowl, beat
cream with an electric
until stiff peaks form, then add to flour
mixture, along with sherry and lemon juice to taste.
Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange broccoli in a large
dish. Top with half the sauce. Stir 1/4 cup
Parmesan into other half of sauce. Arrange
chicken on broccoli.
Pour remaining sauce over top,
and sprinkle mixture with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.
Cover with foil and bake
in oven until heated through, approximately
Remove foil and turn the oven to
broil. Broil about 6 inches from heat, for 1 minute or
until sauce is golden and bubbling.
Poach the chicken and boil the broccoli a day ahead,
then all you have to do is make the sauce, grate the
cheese, assemble and bake. Simple enough!