Food & Recipes

Chicken Fricassee

by Kathy Gunst

Chicken Fricassee

Prep time: 18 minutes
Cook time: 21 minutes
Serves: 6 servings

1 cup white rice
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs flour
4 cups Basic Chicken Soup (recipe, page 190) or 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth and 1 cooked 4- to 5-lb chicken, shredded
1 egg yolk
2 Tbs heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon juice, to taste

Measure ingredients; add lemon juice and seasonings to taste.

1. In a medium saucepan, mix the rice with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked; set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the butter over moderate heat. Add the flour and stir together to make a paste; let cook for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the chicken soup (reserve vegetables and chicken) or broth and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until it thickens.

3. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk, cream, another pinch of salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Add a few tablespoons of the simmering broth from the skillet and slowly whisk it in; add back to the skillet. Add the vegetables from the soup, if using soup instead of broth, then add the chicken to the skillet.

4. Reduce heat; add lemon juice. Taste sauce for seasoning; add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste, if needed. Serve with the rice.

Per serving ( 1/6 of recipe): 467 calories, 21 g fat (7.4 g saturated), 507 mg sodium, 172 mg cholesterol. High in B vitamins.