Chicken Fricassee

The word “fricassee” basically refers to dishes where meat is cooked in a thick white sauce. Its origins are a combination of two French words, “Frire” which means to fry, and “Casser” which means to cook in a sauce. Whatever its origins, this simple, comforting dish is one which I guarantee you will want to cook again, and again.

Simon Majumdar's Chicken Fricassee recipe

Chicken Fricassee Recipe

(Serves 4-6)


  • 6 Chicken Thighs (with bone and skin on)

  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour (for coating)

  • 1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour (for thickening)

  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream

  • ½ Cup English Peas

  • ½ Cup Baby Carrots (I par cook these in the microwave for 2 minutes)

  • 1 Small White Onion (sliced thinly)

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder

  • ½ Cup White Wine

  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock

  • ½ Cup Flat Parsley (finely chopped)

  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive oil for cooking

  • 1 Tsp of Butter for cooking


  1. Mix the All Purpose flour with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  2. Coat the chicken thighs in the flour coating, shaking off any excess.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet to a medium heat.

  4. Place the chicken in the skillet skin side down and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Turn the chicken over and cook for the same time on the other side. The chicken should be golden brown.

  6. Remove the chicken from the skillet and reserve on a plate.

  7. Add the butter to the pan and cook until it is melted and bubbling.

  8. Add the sliced onions, sprinkle with salt, and cook until soft and golden brown.

  9. Add the tablespoon of AP flour and combine with the onions.

  10. Cook for two minutes until the flour loses its raw smell.

  11. Add the white wine, combine well with the onions and flour mixture, and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  12. Add the chicken stock and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

  13. Add the carrots to the pan.

  14. Add the chicken to the pan, skin side up.

  15. Cook for 8-10 minutes.  The sauce should begin to thicken, if it becomes too thick, thin out with a little milk.

  16. Add the cream to the pan and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

  17. Add the peas to the pan.

  18. Check for seasoning, and add salt and pepper to taste.

  19. Add the chopped parsley.

  20. Serve at the table in the skillet.  I like to serve this with a simple bowl of boiled rice.