Friday, November 25, 2011

Chicken Fricassee from Culinary Fundamentals pg 536

Chicken Fricassee from Culinary Fundamentals pg 536

I cooked this for my family the day after Thanksgiving 2011, also cooked it in class a few weeks ago.  Served this with Steamed Brocolli, Spatzel, and Redskin Mashed Potatoes...

Chicken Fricassee 

Servings: 10

 Categories: Main Dish

Source: Culinary Fundamentals
Copyright: Prentice Hall

2 4 lb each Chickens, skinned (4-4 1/2 pounds each)
1 1/2 tablespoons Salt
1/4 teaspoon White pepper, freshly ground
1/2 ounce All-purpose flour
5 ounces Unsalted butter
1 1/8 pounds Onion, medium dice
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
8 fluid ounces White wine
16 fluid ounces Chicken Stock
1 1/2 pounds Leek, diced
12 ounces Carrot, medium dice
2 each Bay leaf
2 each Thyme sprig
12 fluid ounces Heavy cream
1/2 ounce Parsley, chopped

1. Cut the chicken into eighths. Rinse the chicken pieces and blot dry. Season well with salt and white pepper and dust lightly in flour. 

2. In a large braising pot, over low-medium heat, heat the butter and sauté the chicken pieces until they stiffen slightly, but do not brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook stirring frequently until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with white wine and add the chicken stock, leeks, carrots, bay leaf, and thyme.

3. Bring to a simmer and return the chicken to the pan along with any juices released while the chicken was held. Cover the pot and braise the chicken on the stovetop over low to medium heat, until the chicken is fork-tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.

4. To finish the sauce, remove the chicken and hold it warm. Add the cream and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Return the chicken to the sauce and continue to simmer. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

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