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Chicken Fricassee

This Chicken Fricassee recipe is an easy and hearty weeknight meal. This comforting stew is loaded with pearl onions, mushrooms, and chicken. I guarantee you'll be craving seconds!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chicken fricassee, french recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 789kcal


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs with bone and skin on
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounce button mushrooms
  • 24 small pearl onions peeled, kept whole
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white wine dry, I used a Chardonnay
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium or no sodium added
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon parsley fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter unsalted


  • Prepare the chicken: Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sear the chicken: Heat the butter in a large skillet or braiser over medium high/ high heat. Add the chicken, skin side down, and let it sear until it releases from the pan. Flip and sear the other side. Don't worry about cooking it all the way through - it has lots of time to stew. Remove the chicken from the pan. You might have to do this in batches, so repeat with remaining chicken. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Cook the veggies: Reduce the heat and add the mushrooms and onions to the skillet. Saute for about 5 minutes, then add the flour. Cook for another minute and stir well. After that, add the wine and let it cook down for a few minutes, then pour in the broth, lemon juice, sugar and stir.
  • Cook the stew: Add the chicken pieces back to the skillet in a single layer. Pour in the juices that have accumulated on the plate too.Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Finish the fricassee: When the stew is done cooking, adjust for seasoning. To make the sauce thicker, whisk the egg yolks with the cream and temper them by very slowly adding a 1/2 cup of the sauce. Whisk well to avoid scrambling. Stir the egg mixture and remaining 2 tbsp of butter into the fricassee. Garnish with parsley and serve!


  1. Serve this over rice, mashed potatoespolenta, riced/mashed cauliflower, or use a nice crusty bread to soak up that sauce.
  2. This recipe will keep fresh for 3 days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge. You can reheat it either in the microwave, or in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. wouldn’t recommend keeping this in the freezer. Because of the fat content in the cream, yolks, and butter, your sauce will likely break and separate once it’s thawed.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 789kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 334mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.7mg