German Chicken Fricassee Recipe ~ Oma's Hühnerfrikassee

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Make this chicken fricassee recipe, aka Hühnerfrikassee, and you'll think you're back in Oma's kitchen. German comfort food. Originally just a 'leftover' meal, now it graces the best restaurant menus.  

Leftover veggies and whatever's in the fridge would normally find their way into the fricassee.

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know below.

It's interesting how some foods bring back memories of one's childhood. Especially when these memories are pleasant, these foods become comfort foods. Chicken fricassee is one of these, for sure. German food at its best.

German Chicken Fricassee ... down-home comfort food, just like Oma made

It's just one of those convenient meals you can throw together quickly using whatever you may have laying around. That's the best kind of meal in my books! It truly is the simple, ultimate, nostalgic comfort food.

I've added a super SUPER QUICK version in the hints below, as well! Perhaps you'll pick up a cooked chicken at the deli in order just to make this. Don't forget to use the carcass to make chicken soup later :)

Is Fricassee German?

Though the chicken fricassee recipe originated in France, you can find this dish or something very similar as a highlight on lots of German menus. 

The traditional German way of making chicken fricassee is to cook the bird in water with added veggies to create wonderfully flavored meat and delicious broth.

Another way to make this recipe a little more German could be by adding some true German ingredients, herbs and spices! Like our well-known white asparagus...YUM. This will add a nice crunch and an extra boost of flavor that will pair perfectly with that creamy white sauce. 

Herbs and spices are always something fun to play around with. Try mixing in some different herbs and spices into your version of this fricassee to make it your own yummy, special German creation!

What does fricassee mean?

Fricassee is a dish made up of pieces of different meat and veggies served in a white sauce. The traditional meat used in fricassee is chicken for its flavor, versatility and ability to pair well with just about any vegetable. White wine is used to help create a lovely creamy sauce.

What vegetables or wine to use however, is all up to the chef!... That's you! 

Now what to serve with it? Well, that's totally up to preference! You could go classic and serve it with rice, or go comforting with creamy mashed potatoes. Or perhaps some pasta? The best part about a recipe like this is you can alter it to make it completely your own.

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What's the difference between stew and fricassee?

This question is quite frequently asked, "What is the big difference between a chicken stew and a chicken fricassee?" Or maybe you're thinking, "But Oma, aren't they the same thing?"

The answer is simple, though they seem very similar, they are indeed very different! It's really all in the chicken! Depending on how you cook it that is. When you are making a stew, the chicken is boiled. But when making your fricassee, you want to pan-fry or smother your chicken beforehand, then you boil it.

Fricassee is cut into smaller chunks/pieces and served in its own sauce later on, while stew has liquid included right from the start. 


Kaffeeklatsch Trivia with a cup of coffee and steam rising
  • Originally thought to stem from France, fricassee is described as being "halfway between a sauté and a stew" by Julia Childs
  • In a traditional French (and American) fricassee, the cut-up meat is first sautéed (but not browned) and then liquid is added and it is simmered to finish cooking
  • Traditional for the German one is to add white asparagus tips 

Oma says,

I remember my Mutti serving this over a bed of rice and her creamed peas and carrots on the side. Pure comfort food!

In the photo above, I've made the chicken fricassee with just mushrooms. Hubby and I LOVE freshly ground black pepper, but if you don't want the 'dark specks', then add white pepper.

Ready to make this Chicken Fricassee?

Oma's German Chicken Fricassee Recipe

Make this chicken fricassee recipe, aka Hühnerfrikassee, and you'll think you're back in Oma's kitchen. German comfort food. Originally just a 'leftover' meal, now it graces the best restaurant menus.  

Leftover veggies and whatever's in the fridge normally find their way into the fricassee. Use this recipe as the starting point of your own version. I like serving this with "steamed" rice.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes

Servings:

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1½ lb chicken skinless and boneless thighs, cubed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth, hot 
  • 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • ½ cup cream (whipping or 10%)
  • salt, pepper
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan add 1 tbsp butter and oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for several minutes until lightly browned. Remove mushrooms and set aside. 
  2. Add remaining butter and lightly cook chicken without browning it. Sprinkle with flour and stir to mix. Add hot broth and continue stirring, bringing to a boil. Return mushrooms to saucepan and stir. Cover,  reducing heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add a bit extra water.
  3. Add peas (if using) and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes. Add cream. Season. Sprinkle with parsley to garnish.

Notes/Hints:

  • Add 1 tsp capers to the finished sauce
  • Add frozen asparagus about 10 minutes before sauce is finished
  • Season with 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Use paprika and/or nutmeg to season
  • I usually make my "steamed" rice to serve with this.
  • SUPER QUICK FRICASSEE: use leftover cooked chicken and follow the above recipe, only the cooking time is reduced to about 5 minutes for the chicken to heat through and the flour to cook.

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Make this German comfort food: Chicken Fricassee. Brings back memories of my Mutti's cooking.

German Chicken Fricassee Recipe ~ Oma's Hühnerfrikassee

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German Chicken Fricassee
Make this chicken fricassee recipe and you'll think you're back in Oma's kitchen. German comfort food. Originally just a 'leftover' meal, now it graces the best restaurant menus.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients: chicken thighs, mushrooms, butter, oil, flour, peas, cream, seasonings, parsley, chicken broth,

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