Traditional Chicken Fricassee

Discover the art of making Chicken Fricassee, a timeless comfort food. Follow our simple recipe for a creamy, flavorful dish that's perfect for any family dinner.

January 1, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 50 mins
Total 60 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the remaining butter, onion, and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir well to create a roux. Cook for a couple of minutes until it turns light brown.
  5. Slowly add the chicken broth and wine (if using), stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Return the chicken to the pot. Add carrots, mushrooms, parsley, bay leaf, and thyme. Cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprig. Stir in the heavy cream and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chicken Fricassee
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories500
% Daily Value*
Protein 35 g70%
Total Fat 30 g38.5%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Tips

  • Use a combination of thighs and drumsticks. But you can use any part of the chicken you prefer.
  • Ensure each piece is well-browned before removing it from the pot. This step adds a rich flavor to the dish.
  • Cook the roux until it's a light golden brown to ensure a rich flavor without a raw flour taste.
  • Constantly stir while adding liquids to the roux to prevent lumps from forming in your sauce.
  • Simmer the chicken on low heat to keep it tender and prevent the sauce from reducing too much.
  • Cut the carrots and mushrooms uniformly for even cooking.
  • Be cautious with thyme and bay leaf as they can overpower the dish if overused.
  • If you choose to add wine, a dry white wine works best. It can be omitted if you prefer. For more, check out our ‘How To Choose Wine?’ article.
  • Add the cream at the end of cooking to prevent it from curdling.
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Indulge in the rich flavors of a classic Chicken Fricassee, a dish that combines the simplicity of home cooking with the sophistication of French cuisine. This one-pot wonder, known for its tender chicken and creamy sauce, is a staple in comfort food. It's a perfect meal for those nights when you crave something hearty yet refined. Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner, this Chicken Fricassee recipe will guide you through creating a dish that's sure to impress.

Origin of Chicken Fricassee

While this Tangy Turmeric Fricassee draws inspiration from vibrant Indian flavors. The classic French fricassee, a dish featuring braised meat in a creamy sauce, has inspired countless variations across cultures. In Cuba, "fricase de pollo" features tender chicken simmered in a tomato-based sauce, often enriched with olives, capers, and bell peppers, for a burst of tangy Mediterranean sunshine.

In this Turmeric Fricassee, coconut milk is used instead of traditional recipe that is made with heavy cream sauce.

How To Serve Chicken Fricassee?

Chicken Fricassee pairs with various side dishes that complement its creamy sauce.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Chicken Fricasssee:

Wine & Dine

Choosing the perfect wine to pair with Chicken Fricassee depends on several factors, including the specific ingredients and the overall flavor profile of your dish. If you're including wine in your dining experience, a white wine like Chardonnay or a red wine can complement the creamy, savory flavors of the Fricassee.

Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

White Wines:

  • Unoaked Chardonnay: A versatile choice, unoaked Chardonnay offers up crisp citrus notes and light body that won't overpower the delicate flavors of the chicken.
  • Pinot Grigio: Similar to Chardonnay but with a touch more minerality, Pinot Grigio pairs well with the creamy elements of the sauce and balances the richness of the dish.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: If your fricassee has a touch of acidity or features herbs like tarragon, Sauvignon Blanc's bright, grassy notes can create a refreshing and harmonious pairing.
  • Viognier: This aromatic white wine boasts floral and stone fruit aromas that complement the creamy sauce and any added mushrooms or shallots in your fricassee.

Red Wines:

  • Pinot Noir: For a lighter-bodied red option, Pinot Noir's earthy and fruity notes can complement the savory flavors of the chicken and vegetables. Opt for a cooler climate Pinot Noir with higher acidity for the best pairing.
  • Côtes du Rhône Villages: This French red blend offers a touch of pepper and spice that can stand up to the richness of the fricassee without being too heavy.

Bonus Tip: Consider the additional ingredients in your fricassee. If you've used lemon juice or other acidic components, a wine with good acidity will be your best bet. If your fricassee is heavy on cream or has richer ingredients like bacon, a slightly fuller-bodied wine might be a better choice.

Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect wine pairing is to experiment! Try different options and see what you enjoy most. Remember, choosing a wine you personally like is just as important as following specific pairing guidelines.

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