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May 26, 2008 06:09 PM

what is chicken supreme?

the marathon chef by michel roux has chicken supreme as an ingredient. i have no idea what this is, but it includes the wing and appears to be boneless? can i find this in the us? (this doesn't refer to the retro dish). thanks in advance!

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  1. According to Larousse Gastronomique, supremes of chicken are: "the wings (but more nomally in English the breast and wings) of poultry, removed when raw. These supremes, which are also called cotelettes or filets, are separated and served as small entrees."

    According to Julia Child: "Breast of chicken when it is removed raw from one side of the bird in a skinless, boneless piece is called a supreme. Each chicken possesses two of them. If the upper part of the wing is left on, the supreme becomes a cotelette. The breast of a cooked chicken is not a supreme, but a blanc de poulet, or white meat of chicken."

    I always use boneless, skinless chicken breasts when supremes are called for.

    1. Here is a recipe with a supreme cut chicken breast. It is boneless except for the drumstick of the wing. A butcher can prepare this, or you can do it yourself with a boning knife.

      1. good question: I was searching for "chicken supreme" because I've seen it on two wedding menus now. One was last week, where it was a chicken quarter (with wing) crusted with bread crumbs and baked/broiled. It is also on a menu at an upcoming wedding, and my boyfriend and I both thought it refered to chicken breast. Does anyone know what are the standard ingredients in chicken supreme the dish? From a quick Google search of recipes, it looks like they generally contain breadcrumbs, cream and onions?

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        1. re: sway

          In the restaurant biz, we call it 'airline chicken' since it used to be popular with airlines for an in flight entree. It's a skin on/bone in chicken breast, with first, meaty digit of the wing.

        2. They are also called statler chicken breasts

          1. I most often see *suprême de poulet* used to mean a raw boneless skinless chicken breast half, as per Julia Child's description, though some chefs insist the small inside muscle with the tendon attached (the pectoralis minor, I believe) has to be removed.

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            1. re: carswell

              I guess nobody read what I posted on this subject at the top of this thread.

              It sounds to me like the secondary poster is asking for a recipe for a breaded chicken dish called "chicken supreme," which is different than what the OP asked about, or what I posted about up thread.

              1. re: DanaB

                Sorry Dana,
                I was just trying to figure out what is in "chicken supreme" to decide if I want to have it at the upcoming wedding. My point was that I had only heard it in reference to chicken breasts and was confused by the term.

                1. re: sway

                  I agree with you -- I've only ever heard the term used in reference to boneless chicken breasts, not as a title for a recipe. If you google "chicken supreme recipe" it looks like there are a variety of recipes that are called "Chicken Supreme," but there is little consistency between them. Good luck with your wedding meal :-)