It’s been said that Abe Lincoln’s favorite dish was chicken fricassee. If you’ve never had it, try the recipe below and you can certainly understand why this would be anyone’s favorite main dish. Here is a recipe I think you will enjoy.

chicken fricassee
Chicken Fricassee

For those that don’t know, fricassee is another term for stew, or stew-like. It’s often linked to Cajun/creole foods, but has a great fan base in the deep south, too.

This recipe takes a little time and patience but is well worth it!

Chicken Fricassee Recipe

You will need the following:

  • Heavy 14′ skillet (I use my  old cast iron) or large dutch oven
  • Whisk
  • Patience


  • About 3 lbs of chicken, cut up
  • 1 Cup of cooking oil or lard
  • 1 Cup flour (all purpose)
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • red pepper
  • black pepper
  • salt (as desired)
  • 4-6 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 6 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves (whole or can be freshly minced)
  • 1 1/2 tsp of fresh chopped thyme (may substitute 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 3 Cups chicken or poultry broth (I use Swanson)
  • small bunch green onions, washed, including  green part (optional)


Season each piece of chicken with both peppers and salt.

On medium, heat oil until hot. Add chicken and quickly brown on both sides. remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

Add flour to to oil in  pan and start whisking ! On medium low, you will need to whsk/stir for 20-25 minutes until the mixture is light to medium brown/tan. Add celery, garlic, bay leaves and onions … follow by tsp of black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper and salt to taste. Stir and cook until onions are tender … about 10-15 more minutes.

Reduce heat to low … slowly add 3 cups of broth, followed by chicken pieces. Stir and simmer for about an hour.

To serve, remove chicken and place on platter. Add fresh chopped green onions to sauce and pour in serving bowl.

This dish is wonderful with dumplings or served over your choice of rice !  I sometimes serve cornbread with it, but my famiy tends to prefer fresh (canned or frozen) biscuits.

As I mentioned, this is time consuming, but so worth the effort, for a genuine home cooked meal!