First of all, let me just start this post out by saying that I KNOW this is not a true Kentucky Hot Brown. I know that true hot browns use turkey breast and thick sliced bread. I know that the original is topped with bacon and I know that omitting bacon from a recipe is an abomination. I KNOW! But bear with me here.
This dish is something that graced our dinner table often when I was growing up. We always called it “Chicken on English Muffins” or something to that same boring effect so when I decided to share it here I was at a total loss as to what I should call it. BUT, the story doesn’t stop here.
My mom once told me that she and my dad had a dish at a restaurant that they loved but couldn’t remember what it was called so they came home and tried to replicate it– this is was what they came up with. It turns out that Kentucky hot browns are pretty darn similar to these so I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s probably what they had that fateful night. I might be wrong but I’m going with it and I hope you will too.
It’s the memories that are associated with family meals like these that make me grateful for good food. Meals don’t have to be complicated or “authentic” or use fancy ingredients to be memorable and satisfying and this recipe totally fits the bill. Plus it is totally do-able in under 30 minutes which makes it a win in my book.
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Alright, now on to the recipe! Let’s just take a moment to oooh and awwww over how pretty butter is when it’s melting. Aaaaand done. We’re going to take this butter, mix it with a little flour to create a roux, mix in some milk and let it thicken up. What we’re doing is creating a basic cheese sauce. For a more detailed tutorial click here.
Our cheese of choice for this is going to Monterrey Jack. It’s creamy, mild and really lets the flavors of the other ingredients shine.
We’ll start building our sandwich(?) on a toasted english muffin– all the nooks and crannies soak up the cheese sauce perfectly! Next up, some chicken. To make this super easy, shred up a a cooked rotisserie chicken and pile it high on top.
Toppings: I like mine with just a few slices of tomato, but it’s also mighty fine with some sliced avocado on top. The cheese sauce is mild enough that you can pile almost anything on these and they’ll be good… almost being the operative word here.
Smother that bad boy with a few spoonfuls of sauce…
Add a little bit more cheese to the top if you feel like it….
And pop it under the broiler for a few minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on it because things can go south really quick under the broiler if you know what I mean.
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- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 C milk
- 1 C monterrey jack cheese, grated
- 1 tsp mustard
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 C cooked chicken, shredded
- 4 English muffins
- fresh tomatoes, sliced
- Melt butter in heavy saucepan on top of stove.
- Add flour, stir and let cook for 1 minute, being careful not to scorch.
- Slowly add milk, whisking to combine. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute longer.
- Remove pot from heat and stir in cheese and mustard until melted.
- Toast English muffins and top with chicken, sliced tomatoes, and the cheese sauce. Broil for 3-4 minutes, watching closely until tops are browned and bubbly.
by Heather Cheney
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