Supreme (cookery)

The term supreme (also spelled suprême)[1] used in cooking and culinary arts refers to the best part of the food. For poultry, game and fish dishes, supreme denotes a fillet.[2][3][4]

Chicken supreme with sauce suprême, along with a side dish


In professional cookery, the term "chicken supreme" (French: suprême de volaille) is used to describe a boneless, skin-on breast of chicken.[2][3] If the humerus bone of the wing remains attached, the cut is called "chicken cutlet" (côtelette de volaille).[2] The same cut is used for duck (suprême de canard), and other birds.

Chicken supremes can be prepared in many ways.[2] For example, supremes à la Maréchale are treated à l'anglaise ("English-style"), i.e. coated with eggs and breadcrumbs, and sautéed.[5] A supreme can be minced resulting in such dishes as suprême de volaille Pojarski.[5] There are also various versions with stuffing. A popular variety is suprême de volaille à la Kiev, commonly known as chicken Kiev, for which chicken supremes are stuffed with butter.[6]


Canned mandarin oranges that have been supremed in their processing

To supreme a citrus fruit is to remove the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds, and to separate its segments.[7][8] Used as a noun, a supreme can be a wedge of citrus fruit prepared in this way.


Suprême sauce (sauce suprême) is a rich white sauce[9] made of chicken stock and cream, a sauce suprême.[1][10] This sauce is often served with chicken dishes.[1]

The term "supreme" is also used for a dish dressed with a suprême sauce (e.g. a suprême of barracuda).

Other cooking uses

Supreme can also be used as a term in cookery in the following ways:

See also


  1. Chambers 21st Century Dictionary. Allied Publishers. 1996. p. 1421. ISBN 9788184243291.
  2. Auguste Escoffier (1907). A Guide to Modern Cookery. London: W. Heinemann. p. 507.
  3. H. L. Cracknell; R. J. Kaufmann (1999), Practical Professional Cookery, Cengage Learning EMEA, p. 409, ISBN 978-1-86152-873-5
  4. Edward Renold; David Foskett; John Fuller (2012), Chef's Compendium of Professional Recipes, Routledge, p. 135, ISBN 978-1-13607-861-3
  5. Auguste Escoffier (1907). A Guide to Modern Cookery. London: W. Heinemann. p. 512.
    • Leto, Mario Jack; Bode, Willi Karl Heinrich (2006). The Larder Chef. Routledge. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-75066-899-6.
  6. Wignall, Judita (May 2011). Going Raw. p. 72. ISBN 9781592536856.
  7. American Cookery. 1922. p. 249.
  8. Meyer, Adolphe (1903). The Post-graduate Cookery Book. Caterer Publishing Company. p. 59.
  9. Owen, Catherine (December 2007). Choice Cookery. pp. 23–24. ISBN 9781429011471. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
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