Chicken Fricase ( Fricasé de Pollo)

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.



(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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  1. says

    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. says

    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.

  3. says

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  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. Stephanie says

    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. :)

  8. Dayna says

    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! :)

  9. wendy says

    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

  10. Monica says

    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

  11. Renee says

    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?)

  12. Rose says

    Love your website! Tried this recipe and it was a huge hit with the family! My husband is Colombian and he loves all thee recipes. Thank you so much.

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