Friday, January 11, 2013

Chicken Fricassee (Fricassée de Poulet à L’Ancienne)

* Weekend Winner *

Welcome to Chicken Week, Day 4 at The Helpful Husband! Join us as we share our favorite chicken dishes from 2012!

So, enough of the easy chicken dishes. Roll up your sleeves, prep the ingredients in advance and dig into this gorgeous fricassee this weekend. I love preparing this on a chilly weekend day, while the boys sit and drool in anticipation of this luxuriously rich and satisfying meal.

Chicken Fricassee (Fricassée de Poulet à L’Ancienne)
Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living
Serves 4

1 whole chicken (3½ to 4 lbs), cut into 11 pieces (Have your butcher cut the breasts in half, keeping the wings attached but removing the wing tips. Reserve back and wing tips for another use, such as stock.)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, divided
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (1 cup)
1 carrot, cut into ¼-inch dice (1/2 cup)
1 celery stalk, cut into ¼-inch dice (1/3 cup)
8 oz cremini mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2/3 cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken broth
2 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 large egg yolks, room temperature
¼ cup heavy cream
2 to 3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh tarragon leaves
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Season chicken on both sides with 1 tablespoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Preheat a Dutch oven or other large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the oil to pot. When butter melts and foam subsides, add half the chicken, skin side down, in a single layer; do not crowd pot. (If butter begins to blacken, lower heat.) Fry chicken, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total, and transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Reduce heat to medium, and add mirepoix (onion, carrot, and celery) to pot, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Saute mirepoix, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown in places, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms darken, become glossy, and begin to release liquid, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in flour, and cook until flour is absorbed by vegetables and is no longer visible, about 1 minute.

Add wine to pot, and bring to a boil, stirring until liquid just thickens, about 45 seconds. Add broth, and stir.

Place chicken, skin side up, in a single layer on vegetables; pour juices that have accumulated on plate into pot. Tie parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf together with kitchen twine; add to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover partially. Cook until internal temperature of thickest part of chicken registers 165˚, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to a clean plate. Simmer liquid, uncovered, until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Discard herbs.

To make the liaison (sauce thickener), whisk together egg yolks and cream in a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, pour 1/2 cup cooking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, into liaison to temper it. Stir tempered liaison into pot.

Return chicken to pot. Add tarragon, lemon juice, and the remaining butter. Bring to a simmer, stir gently to combine, and serve.

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1 comment:

  1. See recipe beens up for a while w/o commnets but I'm glad I came upon this as looking for a Fricassee recipe to try on kids to broaden their culinary horizons - & this 1 easily reads as the best, as I use ingredient list / not pic's.
    Making for family this weekend as to be just right weather for a soulful dish.