Fricassee of chicken was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite dishes. This is a delicious, old fashion way to prepare chicken. This was a recipe used o make a tough hen or rooster more tender and tastier to eat. This recipe, as well as Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and Apple Pie were a typical Birthday dinner for Abe Lincoln. Truly an All American meal for n All American Family. Please visit the link above for the Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe and look around while you are there!
- Chicken Fricassee:
- 1 large chicken, cut into serving pieces
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning, separated in half
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 stalk of celery, diced
- half a bell pepper, seeded and diced
- Chicken stock – (or canned broth, enough to cover chicken)
- 1 cup cream
- Salt and fresh, coarse ground black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- Rinse the chicken parts and pat dry. Place the flour and the next four ingredients in a small paper or plastic bag and shake to mix well. Drop in the chicken pieces a few at a time and shake gently to coat evenly. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil or chicken fat in a heavy, deep skillet or Dutch oven and add several pieces at a time, brown the chicken on all sides. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Add the next five ingredients to the pan and sauté over a moderate heat until the onions are pinkish and translucent and the vegetables are hot through.
- Return the chicken pieces to the pot and pour in just enough chicken stock or broth to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid.
- Cook until quite done but not falling off the bones, about 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the chicken to a plate and keep warm. Turn up the heat and cook, stirring frequently until the amount of liquid has reduced by about half.
- Return the chicken to the pot, pour in the cream and simmer until hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in the parsley. Arrange the chicken on a serving plate and pour the sauce over it. You may wish to sprinkle on a bit of extra chopped parsley as garnish.
- Serve with fresh, hot home made Farmhouse Buttermilk Biscuits.