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Chicken Fricassee Recipe (Fricassee de Poulet a L’ancienne)
Main Courses
Date: March 30, 2016

Our chicken fricassee recipe is a delicately delicious dish that is sure to impress family and guests alike. 

Ingredients:
  • Chicken leg quarters, skin on
  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk of celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot (or 6 baby carrots), thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons of butter, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Herbs to taste
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg
Preparation Steps:
  1. Wash the mushrooms and cut them into quarters.
  2. Bring to a boil the water, lemon juice, a tablespoon of the butter and a dash of salt. Add the mushrooms and toss them to cover with liquid. Cover the pot and boil on medium high heat for five minutes, tossing frequently. Take off the heat and set aside
  3. Place the rest of the butter in a fireproof Dutch oven on the stove on medium heat.
  4. Once it’s melted, add the carrots, celery and onions and cook for five minutes or until they are almost tender but not browned. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside until later.
  5. In a small sauce pan place the chicken stock and bring it to boil, then let it simmer.
  6. Meanwhile, place the chicken in the Dutch oven.
  7. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes, turning the pieces every minute until the meat has stiffened slighting, without coloring to more than a light color.
  8. Lower the heat, cover, and cook the chicken slowly for 10 minutes, turning it once. It should swell slightly, stiffen more, but not deepen in color.
  9. Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper and flour and turn the pieces so all the sides are coated with flour and cooking butter.
  10. Add the veggies back in, cover, and cook slowly for another four minutes, turning the chicken pieces halfway through.
  11. Now, add the hot stock, the wine, and herbs to taste.
  12. Bring the whole thing to a light boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer slowly for 25 to 30 minutes or until the chicken is done and the juices run clear.
  13. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set into a covered dish to keep it warm.
  14. Bring the mixture left after the chicken is removed to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sauce reduces and thickens enough to coat a spoon. About 10-12 minutes of heavy boiling and constant stirring.
  15. Turn off heat for now.
  16. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and cream. Ladle out one cup of the boiling liquid and slowly add it to the egg yolk and cream mixture. You don’t want to add it too quickly and cook the eggs. Whip it all on medium high.
  17. Once you’d got a whole cup in with the cream and eggs, ladle out a second cup and add that to the cream and eggs.
  18. Then, take your creamed sauce and pour it back into the Dutch oven.
  19. Set it over medium high heat against and boil it for one minute, stirring constantly.
  20. Take it off the heat for the final time and add the pinch of nutmeg and stewed mushrooms.

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