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A fricassee is a classic French dish that is a cross between a sauté and a stew. It is a one pot meal made with pieces of chicken that are first browned in butter and then cooked through in a creamy, flavourful stock.

Chicken Fricassée

Gluten Free Mummy
A fricassee is a classic French dish; a comforting, quick to cook, and one-pot chicken stew. The chicken pieces are browned in butter, and then braised in a creamy mushroom sauce. A delicious, hearty meal that's suitable for the whole family, and best of all it requires minimal wash-up. The original recipe is from
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4


  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs skin on and bone in
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 60 g unsalted butter

Stew ingredients

  • 300 g white mushrooms sliced
  • 2 medium brown onions sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 30 g gluten free flour
  • 125 ml white wine preferably Chardonnay
  • 750 ml gluten free chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 185 ml double cream


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Melt butter over a medium-high heat in a large skillet (with a lid). Add chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn and cook the other side for 1 minute then remove to a plate.
  • Brown the drumsticks – 3 sides – 2 minutes each. Then remove from skillet.
  • Add mushrooms, onion, bay leave and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes until mushrooms are lightly golden.
  • Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add gluten free flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and chicken stock. Stir.
  • Return chicken back into the sauce with the skin side up. Cover skillet with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid and let it simmer for a further 20 minutes.
  • To make the sauce, remove chicken to a plate. Add cream and stir. Once it comes up to a simmer, taste sauce and add more salt if desired.
  • Return chicken into the sauce then remove from the stove. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


Traditionally served over mashed potato or rice.
Keyword chicken, family meals, french food, gluten free, mushroom