Classic Chicken Fricassee: A Comforting Delight


Discover the heartwarming flavors of Classic Chicken Fricassee, a traditional dish that brings comfort to any table. This recipe, with its tender chicken simmered in a creamy, herb-infused sauce, is not only a tribute to culinary simplicity but also a journey to homely, rustic flavors that have been cherished for generations.

Classic Chicken Fricassee: A Comforting Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Genuine Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 3g


  • Chicken (cut into pieces): 1 kg (2.2 lbs / 35 oz)
  • Unsalted butter: 60g (2.1 oz)
  • All-purpose flour: 50g (1.8 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 500ml (17 oz)
  • Heavy cream: 240ml (8 oz)
  • Carrots, sliced: 200g (7 oz)
  • Onions, chopped: 150g (5.3 oz)
  • Garlic, minced: 20g (0.7 oz)
  • Fresh thyme: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Season the Chicken: Generously season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown the Chicken: In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. Vegetable Sauté: In the same pot, add onions and carrots, and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Making the Roux: Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Simmer: Return the chicken to the pot. Add chicken broth, cream, thyme, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  6. Final Touches: Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the parsley and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Brown the Chicken Well: The browning of the chicken not only adds flavor but also gives the fricassee its characteristic rich color.
  • Low and Slow Cooking: Simmering the dish on a low heat allows the flavors to meld beautifully and the chicken to become exceptionally tender.
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh thyme and parsley significantly enhance the flavor. If unavailable, dried herbs can be used, but in smaller quantities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use boneless chicken?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted as bone-in chicken typically takes longer to cook.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Absolutely! Chicken Fricassee often tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to develop.

Is there a dairy-free alternative for the cream?

You can use coconut cream or a rich nut milk as a substitute, although the flavor profile will change slightly.

Can I add other vegetables?

Yes, mushrooms, peas, or leeks make great additions to this dish.