Chef John's Chicken Fricassee


Step into the world of classic French cuisine with Chef John's Chicken Fricassee. This dish epitomizes culinary elegance, featuring tender pieces of chicken simmered in a creamy, herb-infused white sauce with mushrooms. It's a harmonious blend of rich flavors and velvety textures, presented in a sophisticated style that is both comforting and refined.

Chef John's Chicken Fricassee

Time Requirements

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


  • Serves: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 18g


  • Chicken pieces (thighs and breasts): 1 kg (2.2 pounds)
  • Fresh mushrooms, sliced: 200 grams (7 ounces)
  • Butter: 50 grams (1/4 cup)
  • Flour: 30 grams (1/4 cup)
  • Chicken broth: 500 ml (2 cups)
  • Heavy cream: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Fresh herbs (thyme, parsley): for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large pot, brown the chicken in butter. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, sauté mushrooms until golden.
  4. Stir in flour to create a roux, then gradually add chicken broth.
  5. Return chicken to the pot, cover, and simmer until tender.
  6. Stir in heavy cream and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs before serving.

Culinary Tips

  • For a lighter version, use half-and-half instead of heavy cream.
  • Pair with rice or mashed potatoes to soak up the delicious sauce.


Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, it reheats well. Store in the refrigerator and gently reheat.

How can I store leftovers?

Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I use a different type of mushroom?

Absolutely, try using porcini or shiitake mushrooms for a different flavor profile.

Chef John's Chicken Fricassee is not just a dish; it's a culinary journey to the heart of French cooking. Ideal for a special dinner or a cozy family meal, this fricassee is sure to enchant your taste buds and leave you savoring every bite. Bon appétit! 🍗🍄🌿