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Homemade Mushroom & Chicken Crepes

This savory crepe recipe is easy delicious. Homemade mushroom chicken crepes, made with a simple crepe batter, shaped into small gift like baskets, and topped with parmesan cream.

Belula October 22, 2016 April 23, 2021
Mushroom and chicken crepes folded as small, wrapped gifts with blanched chives closing them up, as seen from the side.

Traditionally in France, the savory crepes are called galettes and made with buckwheat flour. Those are the ones you can buy on the street and eat while enjoying your day out. These are not them. You can also make the classic crepe batter into a savory one and then have fun finding all kinds of savory crepe fillings. At cooking school, we made ones filled with clams, and they were delicious. And, in Argentina, savory crepes are often on the menu of many homes: growing up the classics at our house were ham and cheese, corn and spinach. This mushroom and chicken crepes is my favorite, and I hope you will love it too!

What is a crepe?

A crepe is a very thin pancake made with eggs, milk, flour, and butter. They can be sweet crepes filled with chocolate, Nutella or simple sprinkled with sugar. And they can be made into savory crepes if filled with a savory filling.

Crepes are originally from Brittany, France. However, they now enjoyed nationwide. You can find many small crepes stands in many cities around France.

A closeup of one mushroom and chicken crepe as seen from above.
Mushroom and chicken crepes folded as small, wrapped gifts with blanched chives closing them up, as seen from the side.

How to pronounce crepe?

You can listen how to pronounce this French word here.

What will you need to make these chicken crepes?

  • Simple pantry ingredients: milk, eggs, flour, salt, white wine, butter, cream, shallots.
  • Roasted chicken: I always use leftover chicken, preferable the thigh/legs because they are not as dry as the breasts. But breasts are ok too.
  • Mushrooms: I used the classic white mushrooms, but you can replace them by any kind you like. Dry porcini or portobello would go nicely in this recipe too!
  • Chives: I blanch them and use them to wrap the little crepes. You can simply fold your crepes as I explain later in the post, and simply avoid the chives altogether.
  • A crepe pan. This is the best crepe pan I ever owned, and I love it. However, until recently I have always made my crepes in a non-stick small pan.

How to make crepe batter?

Making this crepe batter recipe is rather easy and straightforward. You have to prepare it 1 day ahead as it needs to rest in the refrigerator at least 12 hours, and up to 36 hours. All you need to do is:

  • Melt the butter over low heat. Set aside.
  • In a bowl mix the egg and half the milk. Whisk in half the flour and the salt. Add the rest of the milk and then the rest of the flour. Whisk until crepe batter is smooth and has no visible lumps.
  • Add the melted butter and whisk once again.
  • Cover with film wrap and let it rest in the fridge overnight.

Note: If you notice lumps in the batter, you can mix it using an immersion blender and then strain it over a fine mesh strainer. Then cover and refrigerate.

Ingredients to make crepe batter.
A bowl with the milk and the egg inside, with a whisk, the flour, and the butter on the side of the bowl.
A bowl with the milk, eggs and flour, with a whisk placed inside a bowl, making crepe batter.
A bowl with the milk, eggs and flour, making crepe batter.
A bowl with the milk, eggs and flour, and the melted butter, making crepe batter.
The crepe batter inside a glass bowl, ready to be refrigerated.

How to make this mushroom and chicken savory crepe filling?

The filling needs be cold when assembling the crepes. It needs to be refrigerated at least for 2 hours. Have this in mind when prepping to make the recipe. I like to make both the crepes and the filling ahead, say in the morning or night before. And the just assemble and bake in the oven when its dinner time (or lunch time).

To make this crepe filling recipe, you must:

  • Prep the ingredients: Chop the shallots and thinly slice the mushrooms. Pull the chicken legs using your hands.
  • Over medium heat, melt the butter in a sauté pan. Add the shallots and cook until tender over medium, low heat. Season with salt. Add the mushrooms and season them with salt. Once they are almost cooked add the chicken and mix all the ingredients well together.
  • Add the white wine and cook for a 1 or 2 minutes, until the alcohol evaporates. Add the cream and cook for a few minutes, until it has reduced and there is no more apparent liquid left. Season to taste.
  • Finally sprinkle the flour over the filling and mix well. You'll notice your filling will come together! Cook for an extra minute.
  • Remove from heat, transfer to a hermetic container (don't cover yet) and let it cool down a little at room. Cover and refrigerate until it has cooled down completely. About 2 hours.
The ingredients to make the savoury crepe filling.
A pan on a beige linen, with the cooked shallots and the sliced mushrooms.
A pan on a beige linen, with the cooked shallots and the cooked sliced mushrooms.
A pan on a beige linen, with the cooked shallots, the cooked sliced mushrooms, and the pulled roast chicken.
The mushroom and chicken crepe filling with the flour sprinkled on top.
The chicken crepe filling ready inside the pan as seen from the side.

How to cook the crepe batter and make crepes at home?

Two things that are important when making crepes: the pan should be extremely hot and the batter must have spent the night in the refrigerator.

To cook your crepes, you must:

  • Give the crepe batter a good stir to homogenize it.
  • Place a crepe pan (or a regular sauté pan if you don't have one. I don't and it works just fine) over high heat.
  • Add a little piece of butter and when it's sizzling remove the excess with a paper towel making sure you grease all of the pan's surface.
  • Using a ladle scoop a portion of the batter onto the extremely hot pan and move the pan in circular movements until the batter is evenly distributed on the pan.
  • Cook for a few minutes, until the bottom has lightly coloured and then flip the crepe over either with your hands (if fingers resist heat!) or using a spatula. If you are brave, you can flip it in the air!
  • Cook for an extra minute and remove the crepe from the pan.
  • Repeat until you have used up all the crepe batter.
  • Keep the crepes always covered to prevent them from drying up.

Notes:

  • The first crepe almost always breaks and ends up not being used, because even when we think the pan is really hot, it still isn't! Don't let this discourage you! Remember to add a little butter after you cook every crepe, and to use a paper towel to properly distribute it on the pan surface and remove the excess!
  • If you will not assemble the chicken crepes right away, you can cover the crepes with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. They keep in the refrigerator, safely stored for up to 3 days.
The crepe batter inside a glass bowl, after chilling.
The crepe cooking in the crepe pan with a small spatula on the side.
The crepe flipped in the crepe pan with a small spatula on the side.

The parmesan cream sauce

This parmesan cream sauce recipe is so easy to prepare. It will take you 10 minutes if you take your time! After all, making the crepes was a little work, so now we rest!

To prepare it, you must simply let the cream and the parmesan cook in a pot over medium heat until it has reduced its volume by about ¼. It should be thick in consistency, to be able to cover the crepes. Don't forget to season with salt and pepper.

Once the sauce is ready, cover with aluminium foil and set aside until ready to use.

Ingredients for the parmesan cream sauce.
The parmesan and the cream inside a small pan.
The parmesan cream sauce ready inside a small pan.

How to blanch chives?

Before you start the assembly, if you want to close mushroom and chicken crepes as I did, sort of wrapped like a little gift, you must blanch the chives. To do so:

  • Bring a pot with salted water to a boil.
  • Place the chives and let them cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the chives and immediately place in a bowl with ice cold water.
  • Once they have cooled down, remove and pat dry with paper towel.

Because they have been blanched you can now tie knots with the chives without them breaking!

How to assemble this savory crepe recipe?

To assemble the crepes, you must have all the components ready. Crepes cooked. Filling chilled. Chives blanched. Parmesan cream sauce ready. You can then proceed to:

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Butter a baking tray and set aside.
  • Spread the crepes all over your working surface and then scoop a generous spoonful of filling at the centre of each one.
  • Fold the crepes by pulling all the edges together at the top and then tying one or 2 chives around it.
  • Place the crepes on the baking the tray and cover with the parmesan cream sauce.
  • Bake in the oven until golden.

Note: you can also bake the crepes, without the sauce, covered in aluminium foil to prevent them from drying up. Once they are hot, remove from the oven, serve, and pour the parmesan cream sauce over.

One crepe filled with a scoop of the chicken filling in the middle, with a plate filled with the filling on the top left corner and a plate with the blanched chives at the bottom.
One crepe closed and tied with a chive, with a plate filled with the filling on the top left corner and a plate with the blanched chives at the bottom.
Three crepes closed and tied with a chive, with a plate filled with the filling on the top left corner and a plate with the blanched chives at the bottom.
The crepes inside the buttered baking dish, as seen from above.

Other ways to fold the savory crepes.

  • Like you would a burrito, by folding the sides onto one another (you should get a slightly squared form).
  • You could roll them like cannelloni,
  • Or fold them in a triangular way, by first folding it in half and then in half again. In this case the filling should be placed in one of the 4 quarters of the crepe.

Other savory crepe filling ideas

These are a few that I had growing up:

  • Spinach & cheese. Find the recipe for the filling in this Spinach Empanada Recipe.
  • Pumpkin filling
  • Ham & cheese
  • Chicken curry
Many crepes closed and tied with a chive, with a plate filled with the filling on the top left corner and a plate with the blanched chives at the bottom.
One chicken crepe on a beige plate with a fork on the side.
The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 10 servings
Nutrition: 249 cal
Cuisine: French

Ingredients

Crepe Batter

  • Whole Milk 250 ml
  • Eggs 1
  • Flour 125 g
  • Salt 5 g
  • Butter 30 g

Mushroom & Chicken Crepe Filling

  • Mushrooms 250 g
  • Roasted Chicken legs/thigh (shredded) 2
  • Shallots 2
  • White Wine 50 ml
  • Flour 20 g
  • Cream 100 g
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter (for cooking) 40 g

Parmesan Cream

  • Cream 300 ml
  • Parmesan 120 g
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Assembly

  • Chives (bunch) 1

Procedure

  • 1. Make the crepe batter: Melt the butter over low heat. Set aside. In a bowl mix the egg and half the milk. Whisk in half the flour and the salt. Add the rest of the milk and then the rest of the flour. Whisk until crepe batter is smooth and has no visible lumps. Add the melted butter and whisk once again. Cover with film wrap and let it rest in the fridge overnight.
  • 2. Prepare the filling: Prep the ingredients: Chop the shallots and thinly slice the mushrooms. Pull the chicken legs using your hands. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a sauté pan. Add the shallots and cook until tender over medium, low heat. Season with salt. Add the mushrooms and season them with salt. Once they are almost cooked add the chicken and mix all the ingredients well together. Add the white wine and cook for a 1 or 2 minutes, until the alcohol evaporates. Add the cream and cook for a few minutes, until it has reduced and there is no more apparent liquid left. Season to taste. Finally sprinkle the flour over the filling and mix well. You'll notice your filling will come together! Cook for an extra minute. Remove from heat and let it cool down a little. Cover and refrigerate until it has cooled down completely. About 2 hours.
  • 3. Make the crepes: Give the crepe batter a good stir to homogenize it. Place a crepe pan (or a regular sauté pan if you don't have one. I don’t and it works just fine) over high heat. Add a little piece of butter and when it's sizzling remove the excess with a paper towel making sure you grease all of the pan’s surface. Using a ladle scoop a portion of the batter onto the extremely hot pan and move the pan in circular movements until the batter is evenly distributed on the pan. Cook for a few minutes, until the bottom has lightly coloured and then flip the crepe using a spatula. Cook for an extra minute and remove the crepe from the pan. Repeat until you have used up all the crepe batter. Keep the crepes always covered to prevent them from drying up.
  • 4. Prepare the Parmesan Cream sauce: In a pot mix the cream and the parmesan. Let it cook over low heat until it has reduced its volume by ¼ approximately. Season to taste, cover in aluminium foil and set aside.
  • 5. Blanch the chives: Bring a pot with salted water to a boil. Place the chives and let them cook for 30 seconds. Remove the chives and immediately place in a bowl with ice cold water. Once they have cooled down, remove and pat dry with paper towel.
  • 6. Assembly the chicken crepes: Pre heat the oven to 180 C°/360 F. Butter a baking tray and set aside. Spread the crepes all over your working surface and then scoop a generous spoonful of filling at the center of each one. Fold the crepes by pulling all the edges together at the top and then tying one or 2 chives around it. Place the crepes on the baking the tray and cover with the parmesan cream sauce. Bake until golden.
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Susana Torino October 24, 2016

On Friday I cooked the tomato and mozzarella quiche, it was like a soufflé, delicious

Belén Gowland
Belula October 25, 2016

Hola Susana!!! It makes me happy that you made it and liked it!!! Specially you:) Gracias!!

franc October 25, 2016

mmm I would like to eat the whole tray ! I would like to lear a recipe with ricotta a salty one : )

Belén Gowland
Belula October 25, 2016

Hi Fran! I will have it in mind for the future recipes :)

Becky Joplin December 07, 2016

I made this recipe tonight, the chicken and mushroom stuffed crepes, and it was a big hit! My friends even asked for the recipe and might attempt it themselves. Thanks Belen!

Belén Gowland
Belula December 08, 2016

Oh Becky!! This makes,so happy!!! Thank you for making them!!!! :) The best thing when you cook is people loving what you did, right? Happy day :)

Maya January 22, 2017

Hi Belen, I m planning to make this tomorrow but I don't have white wine can I skip this or is there another substitute?

Belén Gowland
Belula January 22, 2017

HI maya, happy to hear you are doing this recipe!! You can skip the white wine no problem :) They will still be delicious! Un beso

Maya January 23, 2017

I made this today and it was soooo good will remake it again and again. Thank you for sharing

Belén Gowland
Belula January 23, 2017

Hi Maya!! So happy to hear this :) The whole reason I share :)

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