Chicken Fricassee is a classic French dish that is timeless. The chicken is browned, then slowly braised with onions, garlic, herbs, and carrots in a white wine cream sauce.
Serve this amazing chicken fricassee recipe with our creamy mashed potatoes and crusty bread to experience the fullness of French cuisine. Your friends and family will be so impressed!
Chicken Fricassee Recipe
French cuisine has always had a shroud of mystery surrounding it and rightfully so. Many countries’ cuisines have been influenced by it! However, it doesn’t mean that attempting French dishes like this Chicken Fricassee Recipe at home should be complicated.
What is the Origin of Chicken Fricassee?
This chicken fricassee recipe is not the one that comes from Michelin star restaurants. This recipe is the heritage of country cooks aka home cooks like you and me. It is rustic and simple. This recipe doesn’t require precise measurements but instead relies on quality ingredients and a slow braising technique for its savory and rich taste
What is Chicken Fricassee?
It is more of a method of cooking than an actual recipe. Chicken Fricassee literally means cut up and fried chicken, so what you add to the chicken is up to the cook entirely.
However, what is nowadays accepted as a chicken fricassee is chicken braised in white wine cream sauce.
What Vegetables Can I put in Chicken Fricassee?
The good news is you can add any vegetables that can sustain a slow braising process without falling apart. So carrots, mushrooms, green beans, or even broccoli will all work well here.
How to Make Chicken Fricassee:
- Brown chicken pieces until golden and removing them to a separate plate.
- In the same pan, sautee onions, carrots, garlic, and your choice of herbs.
- Next, we need to thicken the sauce by adding flour and quickly cooking it until it’s mixed with the butter and smells slightly nutty.
- Add white wine and mix with a wooden spoon until you have a thick sauce.
- Return the browned chicken with the juices back to the pan and cook in the oven uncovered for 45 minutes.
The final touch is the addition of cream. It’s important to add it last, so it doesn’t separate under the intense heat of the oven. After your chicken has finished its time in the oven, stir in a splash of heavy cream.
We used heavy cream for a thicker sauce, however, you can add light cream, which will result in a slightly thinner sauce with fewer calories. The choice is yours. We love to enjoy this with Rustic Farmhouse Bread.
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This Chicken Fricassee is braised in a creamy white wine sauce making the chicken tender with rich flavor. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice with crusty bread.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 chicken thighs and legs combined
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 carrots cut into large pieces
- 3-4 sprigs thyme (leaves only)
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 F. Pat dry chicken with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Place a large deep pan over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Brown chicken approximately 4 minutes per side until golden on each side but not cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside until needed. Discard excess fat leaving 1 Tbsp in the pan.
Add 1 Tbsp butter to the pan and saute chopped onions and carrots over low heat for 7-10 minutes. Add minced garlic and fresh thyme leaves and cook briefly for 30 seconds. Add 2 Tbsp flour and cook while stirring until flour is completely absorbed by the fat and mixture smells nutty. Add 1/2 cup white wine and simmer until slightly reduced. Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken stock.
Return chicken to the pan together with the juices and bake uncovered at 350˚F for 45 minutes.
Take the chicken out of the oven and add 1/2 cup heavy cream, stir until combined. Taste and season with salt if needed.