Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
From the Poitou of France region, Chicken Fricassee, is halfway between saute and stew, chicken is cooked first in butter. A recipe I found on Cuisine-France.com that sounds delicious and I am posting for ZWT France leg of the tour, untried by me as of now.
- 1 chicken (3 lb or 1.4 kg)
- 1 onion
- 1 ounce butter (25 g)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 cups chicken bouillon or 3 cups stock
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 parsley sprig
- 1⁄2 lb mushroom
- 2 egg yolks
- 1⁄2 cup whipping cream
- lemon juice
- salt, black pepper
- Step 1: In a casserole or skillet, cook the carrots and onion in butter for 5 minutes over moderate heat. Cut the chiken in about 10 pieces. Add the cut-up chicken in the skillet. Turn it every minute for 4 minutes until slightly golden yellow.
- Step 2: Lower heat, cover and cook very slowly. Turn the chicken once while cooking.
- Step 3: Add salt, pepper and flour on both sides of the chicken. Cover and cook slowly for 4 to 5 minutes. And turn the chicken once during the process.
- Step 4: Remove from heat. Boil the bouillon/stock and pour in over the chicken. Add the wine, parsley and just enough bouillon/stock or water to cover the chicken. Bring to the simmer. Cover and maintain for 30 minutes.
- Step 5: Cook the mushrooms in butter with a drop of lemon juice. Retrieve the cooking juice of both the mushrooms and chicken. Simmer the cooking juice in a casserole for 3 minutes. Remove the fat from it. Then raise heat and boil, stir it well until the sauce reduces itself, enough to get 2 1/2 cups from it.
- Step 6: Blend the egg yolks and cream. While beating it, add the sauce very slowly. Pour the sauce in the casserole again and cook at medium to high heat. Stir the sauce all the way. Boil for 1 minute. Add a drop of lemon juice and salt & pepper.
- Step 7: Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetabbles. Heat the chicken fricassee if needed. Add butter before serving.
- Wine suggestion: Red Bordeaux wine or Saint Chinian, Rosé from Provence, Vouvray white wine.
These are the worst instructions I ever saw. If I didn't already know how to cook, I wouldn't have any clue what direction the author was taking me in.
Made for Photo Tag Winter. I served this on a bed of rice with some cheesy garlic bread on the side. It had good flavor and I enjoyed eating it but the instructions were very confusing. I finally gave up trying to understand them and did it my way.
In direction #1 it says cut chicken into about 10 pieces. Add chicken to skillet. Turn it every minute for 4 minutes.
In direction #3 it says salt, pepper, flour chicken. Cover and cook. I didn't know when to make the chicken but in the end it all turn out okay.
Mmmmmmmmmm, this was very much enjoyed last evening. Lots of good flavor and not difficult to make. We both loved it a lot. Served with rice cooked in chicken stock and a green salad for an excellent meal. Simply top notch all he way.