Chicken Fricassée is an easy one-pan recipe that consists of braised chicken in a creamy mushroom sauce-an easy recipe anyone can make!
Don't be intimidated by the sound of this French Classic! It's a one pan chicken dinner that comes together in no time! Traditionally, the recipe uses chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breasts as well.
This slow simmered chicken dish has a mild, savory mushroom flavor with a hint of lemon and tarragon (optional.) If you're not a fan of tarragon, feel free to substitute with parsley!
What is Fricassée?
Fricassee is a French term that defines a cooking method meaning "to brown and braise a meat and serve with a sauce made from its own stock."
In this instance, the sauce for Chicken Fricassée is made with chicken stock and mushrooms. This is a traditional French classic, similar to the classic French dish "chicken stew."
Why you'll love this recipe!
Chicken Fricassee is a great weeknight dinner because once you brown the meat, it slow simmers in the skillet, which gives you time to do something else - you don't have to stand over the stove!
- Easy clean-up: Doesn't require a lot of pots and pans; just one big skillet!
- Variety - puts a new spin on your weekly chicken dinner with just a few seasonings
- Affordable - nothing fancy or gourmet and makes a hearty meal for the whole family
- No fancy equipment - the chicken and creamy mushroom sauce cook relatively quickly so there's no need for a slow cooker or crock pot; you can use a nonstick skillet or a medium weight skillet (no need for cast iron or a heavy skillet)
I make this dish with boneless, skinless thighs, but you can use breasts if you prefer. Just keep in mind that white meat cooks faster than dark meat chicken.
This dish is a French classic, so if you're feeling like you'd rather be in France, grab a beret and make this!
Here's what you need
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, (or chicken breasts), butter, olive oil, (you can use vegetable oil), all-purpose flour, garlic cloves, dry white wine, mushrooms, chicken broth, egg, heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, and tarragon (optional) or the herb of your choice (parsley, thyme, sage, bay leaf, etc.)
What kind of mushrooms do I use?
You can use white button, Cremini or Portobello mushrooms. Just be sure to wipe the mushrooms with a damp paper towel and remove the stems before slicing.
How to make it
This easy Chicken Fricassee recipe comes together in no time, especially when you do the prep work first!
Separate egg and, in a small bowl, add egg yolk and cream; stir and set aside
Chop onions, mince garlic, clean and slice mushrooms; set aside
(If you have time, soak the chicken in buttermilk for an hour in the refrigerator. This makes it super moist. If you don't have time, don't worry about it--the chicken will still be delicious!)
Brown the chicken
Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper
In a large skillet on medium heat, add oil and butter; when butter is melted, place the chicken in the pan (in a single layer) and sear or brown it on both sides. Once the chicken is golden brown, transfer it to a plate and cover with foil. If your skillet isn't big enough to hold all the pieces of chicken, add a little more butter and oil to the skillet and make a second batch.
Make the creamy white mushroom sauce (use the same pan you cooked the chicken)
Deglaze the skillet with white wine; use a wooden spoon to scrape up any remnants or brown bits; add chopped onion and mushrooms to pan and saute for 8-10 minutes; add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Sprinkle flour over mixture, stir well; add chicken stock and stir until there are no visible lumps; reduce heat to medium-low setting
Add cream/egg mixture and herb(s) (tarragon, parsley, sage...whatever herb you prefer or none at all); remove from heat; squeeze fresh lemon juice into pan and stir; return the skillet back to the stove
Return chicken pieces back to the pan; cover and simmer until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
Plate chicken and drizzle a little of the creamy white sauce over the top!
Whether you use white or dark chicken meat, trim away any fat first
Tongs are useful when making Chicken Fricassée; they help to transfer the chicken without it falling apart.
Have a meat thermometer nearby to ensure chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.
If you use dark meat with the skin-on, trim away the fat and, after you've browned the chicken, pour out some of the oil in the skillet...chicken fat produces more oil than you need for the creamy mushroom sauce
Make ahead and storage
If time isn't on your side, bake the chicken in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, lightly brown the chicken on the stove, remove from pan, transfer to plate;
Make the sauce and return the meat back to the skillet to absorb some of the mushroom sauce.
You can make the sauce ahead of time, but I don't recommend doing so - it tastes best fresh from the skillet!
Traditionally, Chicken Fricassée is typically served with a starch, like scalloped potatoes, brown rice, white rice, egg noodles, creamy mashed potatoes, and a green vegetable (think peas, broccoli or sautéed spinach.)
This easy Chicken Fricassee recipe pairs beautifully with a dry white wine like a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.
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- Meat thermometer
- 2 pounds chicken boneless, skinless - thighs or breasts
- 1 pound mushrooms , whole (Button, Cremini or Portobello)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon oil , vegetable or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon flour , all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons tarragon , dried (optional); or parsley, thyme, sage
- 1½ cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup heavy cream , heavy whipped cream, room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk
- salt and pepper , to taste
- Clean mushrooms with damp paper towel; remove stems; slice mushrooms thinly; set aside1 pound mushrooms
- Chop onion and mince garlic; set aside1 cup chopped onion
- Separate egg; in a small bowl, combine cream and egg yolk; set aside1 large egg yolk, ¼ cup heavy cream
- Trim away any fat; lightly salt and pepper chicken
Cook the chicken and make the sauce:
- Add butter and oil to large skillet on medium heat1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon butter
- Place chicken in a single layer in skillet; cook 4-6 minutes on medium heat or until lightly browned; flip and cook another 4-6 minutes; use tongs, remove chicken, transfer to plate and cover with foil2 pounds chicken
- Deglaze pan: add white wine to skillet; use wooden spoon to scrape pan¼ cup dry white wine
- Add chopped onions, mushrooms to pan; cook for 8-10 minutes1 pound mushrooms, 1 cup chopped onion
- Add garlic to mushroom/onion mixture1 clove minced garlic
- Sprinkle flour over mixture and add broth; stir well; reduce heat to medium-low1 tablespoon flour, 1½ cups chicken stock
- Add cream/egg mixture and tarragon; stir well; remove from heat; add lemon juice; season with salt and pepper to taste1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons tarragon, ¼ cup heavy cream, salt and pepper
- Place browned chicken back into pan; return pan to stove ; cover and simmer until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF
- Plate and drizzle with mushroom sauce
- First, you brown and remove it from the pan
- then you make the sauce
- then add it back in to finish cooking on a low simmer
- Season the thighs and sear in pan; remove from pan; trim away fat
- Pour out some of the oil in the pan (you only need about 2 tablespoons of fat in the pan)
- Add flour and resume recipe instructions