Chicken Crepes Mornay

15 Jun

Thank you Michelle W for this ancient Seventeen page; one of our most requested recipes:

And thanks to Antilope for typing it out to share:

from Seventeen Magazine November 1978
“Terrific light supper thin crepes filled with chicken and mushrooms, then topped with a creamy sauce. If you like, you can use leftover turkey instead of chicken.”

1 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
melted butter or peanut oil

2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
6 medium scallions, chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup light cream
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Beat flour, salt, and eggs with an electric mixer, to form a thick paste. Slowly stir in milk; beat till smooth. Let stand at room temperature for one hour. (Batter can keep overnight in refrigerator.)

Heat a 7-inch crepe pan or small skillet (one with sloping sides) over medium-high heat. Brush pan lightly with melted butter or oil, then pour in 2 tablespoons of batter. Quickly tilt and turn pan so batter covers bottom completely.

Cook over medium heat for one minute (until top of crepe is dry, bottom is lightly browned). Then lift crepe with spatula; turn onto other side. Cook till second side is lightly browned.

Slide crepe out of pan onto waxed paper. Repeat process, stacking the crepes between waxed paper. Makes 18 crepes. Note: Crepes can be wrapped, then refrigerated or frozen for later use.

Set aside 8 crepes for this recipe (freeze the rest for another time).

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushrooms scallions, and parsley, and saute till tender. Mix in shredded chicken or turkey and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Then stir in flour till completely smooth. The resulting mixture is called a roux.
Note: Use a wire whisk for stirring, and make sure you get all the lumps out now, or there’ll be lumps in the finished sauce.

Now, slowly pour milk into the roux. stirring rapidly so lumps won’t form. Then cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, till it boils and thickens.
Add remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Now you have a white, or bechamel, sauce. To make a Mornay sauce, just stir in grated Swiss and Parmesan cheeses, then heat till cheese is completely melted.

Add one cup of Mornay sauce to chicken mixture, for flavor and to bind it together. Set aside. Then stir light cream into the remaining Mornay sauce (that’ll be for pouring on top of crepes later.)

First, preheat oven to 350-F. Lay crepes out flat. Spoon 1/4 cup filling down the center of each crepe. Fold one side over, covering most of the filling, then other side (overlapping first fold), and place in an 8-by-11-inch baking dish.

Pour Mornay sauce over crepes. Then mix melted butter and bread crumbs together, and sprinkle on top of sauce.
Bake in 350-F. oven for 20 to 30 minutes, till bubbly. Makes 4 servings.

Source: Seventeen Magazine, November 1978 issue, pages 41 & 42.


Here’s a fun account of a writer’s attempt to recreate the same Seventeen recipe.

6 Responses to “Chicken Crepes Mornay”

  1. pbear December 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    I have been making this recipe since 1978. You can also substitute shrimp / crab for seafood crepes. Delicious.

    • SaucyCherie December 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

      Great to know! Do you have the original recipe page? We’d love to see it!

    • Michelle W. August 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

      Ohhhh! Great idea. I wonder what other fillings we can substitute? My mind is racing!

  2. Angela Panceroff October 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    I have been looking for this for years….thank you thank you!! I use to make it in the late 70’s and 80’s.

  3. SquishyOne June 15, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    Imagine my surprise finding the EXACT recipe I learned to make these with all those years ago! Thank you so much for the smiles!


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