Slow Cooker Chicken Fricassée

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Raise your hand if you struggle to get a delicious homemade dinner that your entire family will like during the week? It’s okay, my hand is raised. People assume that if you are a food blogger, this comes naturally to us. It doesn’t. It’s not easy juggling the extra-curricular activities of three kids, volunttering at schMy husband and I are determined that MOST of our dinners are spent together, eating and chatting around the dinner table.

My oldest is almost 11-years old. His head surpasses my chin now. He’s growing so fast and I’m holding on to his innocence and childhood very tightly, knowing it’s fleeting fast.

At this time in my kids’ lives, all three of my kids are very open and tell me and their father everything. We talk about school, grades, flag football, scouts. We talk about their friends, what they do at recess and goofy things they do with their classmates.

We hear the not-so-good stuff, too. Middle-Child told me about the classmate who used the f-word when he in first grade. My kids tell me about their worries, their disappointments, their fears.

And most of this is revealed around the dinner table.

Precious times, in my book.

Chicken Fricassée is a French stew that features chicken, rabbit or veal in a creamy, dreamy sauce. To reduce the fat content, I used fat free sour cream and served it with a baguette. And, it’s super easy to make in a slow-cooker. Another gourmet meal that is also easy on the budget.

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All five of us loved it.

Mission accomplished.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fricassée

This French stew is traditionally a dish made of chicken, rabbit or veal and stewed in a creamy white gravy. Fabulous in a slow-cooker, and another great recipe that you can dress up for guests or easily serve as a weekday meal. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 5 lb whole roasting chicken, quartered with back removed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 lb mushrooms, halved
  • 1/2 lb pearl onions, frozen (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup parsley, Italian, coarsely chopped, loosely packed


  1. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels:
    • 5 lb whole roasting chicken , quartered with back removed
  2. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with:
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  3. In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat add:
    • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  4. When butter has melted, add the chicken pieces and cook until browned, about 5 min.
  5. Turn chicken over and brown other side, another 5 min.
  6. Transfer chicken to your slow-cooker.
  7. Stir into the pan juices:
    • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  8. Cook flour for 2 min than whisk in:
    • 1 cup white wine
    • 2 cup chicken broth
  9. Bring sauce to a boil and continue cooking and stirring until sauce thickens, about 5-7 mins.
  10. Pour sauce over the chicken in the crockpot and add:
    • 1 bouquet garni
    • 1 lb mushrooms , halved
  11. Cook in the slow-cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is cooked and tender.
  12. During the last 30 min of cooking, stir in:
    • 1/2 lb pearl onions , frozen (optional)
  13. When ready to serve, transfer chicken and vegetables to a serving platter.
  14. Discard bouquet garni and whisk into the sauce:
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup parsley, Italian , coarsely chopped, loosely packed
  15. Pour sauce over the chicken and serve.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with rice, noodles, mashed potatoes or hearty bread.

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Yield: Serves 4

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fricassée Detail


More gourmet meals that are family AND budget friendly? How about Beef Bourguignon?

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14 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken Fricassée

  1. Sounds like you have a great family! This chicken dish looks incredible, I bet its great with rabbit also. Yum!!

  2. I love chicken fricassee! And really love that you can make this in a slow cooker!

  3. This is a beautiful dish, Laura! It looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad to have found your blog – you have a great space here!

  4. Even though it is just hubby and I, things can be chaotic. Sometimes just thinking what to make for dinner is hard. I think it is wonderful that you spend your meals together and really talking to your family. The Fricassee looks mouthwatering!

  5. Wow this came out beautifully, I have never used a slow cooker for this dish before. Looks perfectly creamy! And so nice that your kids tell you everything, so important…lovely family time 🙂

  6. Your creamy dreamy sauce sounds fantastic. You have such a lovely family and I admire you for your great parenting. I hope to follow your path and hope my children will be open and we continue to have good conversation at the dinner table. This dish sounds perfect for such time. 🙂

  7. The chicken looks so delicious! I have never heard about this recipe, sounds wonderful, creamy and dreamy 🙂

  8. Peggy at #

    You definitely have a dream family! And this dinner looks amazing =)

  9. Love this recipe! The slow cooker is my friend, especially on school/work days. I agree that those times around the dinner table are the best!
    (Just stumbled this too…:) )

  10. Mad at #

    The classic fricassé (at least the Portuguese way, and I strongly believe the French way also) does not include flour ou sour cream in the sauce. Next time, mix in 2 egg yokes and the juice of one lemon right in the end, 3 minutes before you take the pan out of the fire. Stir it and let it thicken. The yokes will make the sauce really creamy and it works beautifully with the lemon flavour. Let me know if you liked it 🙂

    • Laura at #

      I’ve heard of heavy cream and sour cream in fricassé, but not egg yolk. I have added egg yolk/lemon juice to my chicken soup (like the Greeks do) and the soup turns out nice and creamy. I will definitely try this the next time I make fricassé.

  11. Mad at #

    Oh, I forgot the fresh parsley on top of it all!

  12. christine at #

    Where can I find the recipe for the slow cooker chicken fricasse

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