Chicken Fricase ( Fricasé de Pollo)

by Erica Dinho on February 16, 2010

Fricasse is a term used to described a stew dish that is usually made with poultry and cooked in a gravy sauce, of which there are many variations. The first time I ate this chicken fricasse was at my friend’s house when we were in college and I loved it! Her mom told me how to make it, but of course, I made my own changes as I always do :-)

This dish is popular in Colombia and we eat it over white rice with salad on the side and it’s absolutely delicious. If you prefer, you can use boneless chicken breast, but I like thighs and drumsticks for flavor. Some people in Colombia omit the cream and it is really good too.

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(4 Servings)

  • 4 chicken drumsticks, bone in and skin on
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 chicken bouillon tablet
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


In a large sauce pan heat the butter and olive oil over medium- high heat. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion to the sauce pan and cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent.Then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Return the chicken to the saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Add the water and chicken bouillon. Cook over medium- low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes and cook for 10 mintes more. Add the capers and heavy cream and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve warm over white rice.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ruth February 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM

wow, this really looks delicious and whats even more exciting is that I can actually get all the ingredients! Going to have to try this and have just the thighs, chicken, that is lol to make it!!


2 5 Star Foodie February 16, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Sounds wonderful! I like the capers here! Just published my Colombian post – thank you so much for the wonderful recipes!


3 Sarah Naveen February 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM

thats looks fabulously delicious…gotta try this..


4 Mari February 16, 2010 at 1:45 PM

This looks delicious. I enjoy looking at your recipes…especially la bandeja paisa… que delicia!

Como me gustaría que vivieras cerca de mi.

Un abrazo desde Republica Dominicana.


5 Erica February 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


6 Baking is my Zen February 16, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Those capers look good on the chicken!


7 grace February 16, 2010 at 5:34 PM

i have an issue with capers, but something tells me that the presence of luscious cream would take care of it posthaste. :)


8 tech gadget February 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM

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9 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 16, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Oh this chicken looks so tasty! Yum!


10 Erica February 16, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Thank you all for visiting my blog!


11 peanutts February 16, 2010 at 8:28 PM

That looks yumm,


12 Anonymous February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Amazing and easy!!


13 tasteofbeirut February 16, 2010 at 11:04 PM

I am sure that this dish is delicious! I am familiar with it from the time I spent in France (I lived there for a while). The addition of cream is what makes it superlative, I think!


14 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home February 17, 2010 at 1:30 AM

MMMM…I would definitely not omit the cream (it makes everything so much happier!) Drumsticks and thighs definitely add more flavor to the dish than just boneless breasts!


15 Sophie February 17, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Everyhtbig that I love is in this superb chicken dish, Erica!!

I love the capers in here,..must taste very special with it!


16 Erica February 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Thank you guys :)


17 shaz February 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Sounds like a great midweek dinner dish. I really like capers, they look great on the chicken – I thought they were peas at first!


18 Kim February 17, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I love the addition of the capers for that bright clean burst of flavor! It looks really tasty Erica!


19 Joanne February 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I love just about any dish with capers. This looks so creamy and delicious, complemented perfectly by the saltiness of the caper brine. Mmmm so good.


20 Erica February 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Thank you everyone!


21 Diana February 18, 2010 at 9:35 AM

This Fricase looks great! I need to go out and buy a chicken :D


22 Chris February 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Oh wow, Erica, you nailed this one. Chicken Fracase was one of my favorite dishes growing up but it looked nothing like yours. The one my Southern cook mom made was pan fried, then covered in a goopy mess of mushroom soup and stuff. While it was good then, this dish you have presented is clean and tasty looking. I have bookmarked to try this, I especially liked the capers.


23 Ivy February 24, 2010 at 2:56 AM

I love chicken fricasse, it’s one of my most favourite dishes. Yours looks delicious.


24 Stephanie March 10, 2010 at 11:18 AM

I made this dish for dinner Monday night. It was so easy to make and delicious! Thank you so much. I took the left overs to work the next day and everyone loved it. They think I am a fantastic cook. Keep the recipes coming, I have a rep to keep. :)


25 Dayna January 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

wow thank you for taking the time to make all of these recipes, im going to make this one tonight! I love Colombian food and im excited i found this site! keep up the great work! :)


26 wendy January 29, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Hi Erica I love your website! You remind me of one of my colombian friends…you both look a lot a like! I made this recipe last night and me and my boyfriend loved it :) I also LOVE pandebono (i went to a colombian restaurant today and got some mmm)! I have used your pandebono recipe twice…the first time it came out flat and the second time they came out beautiful! Thank you so much :)

Wendy from Jersey


27 Jessica March 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Came out delicious, juicy and tasty! Thanks!


28 Monica October 19, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I made this last week..delicious…it was a hit !!!..I love yoyur blog Colombian mother died when I was 16 and was an excellent cook..I regret not taking the time to learn her recipes..believe it or have awakened some of my memories to her own this site…God bless mama


29 Renee November 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Love the capers, love the cream but hate chicken =( What else can I use the
capers and cream with, any suggestions? I love all your recipes but just have issues with any kind of fowl! (feather phobia?)


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