A Fricassee is a catch-all term used to describe a stewed dish typically made with chicken, but other types of white meat can be substituted. It is cut into pieces and then stewed in gravy (it’s all in the gravy). It often includes other ingredients and vegetables. Be afraid, be very afraid, this recipe will make your tongue jump out your mouth and slap your brains out. It makes the best gravy.

Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee


3 tablespoons oil
8 chicken thighs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (12 ounce) packages andouille sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
4 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
¾ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup all-purpose flour
3cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
3 green onions, chopped
8 ounces mushrooms

Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté chicken and sausage for 5 to 7 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown on both sides. Remove meat from skillet; add onions, garlic, and celery and sauté until soft. Remove vegetables from skillet. To Make Roux: In the same skillet (with drippings from meat) stir together oil and flour over low heat; cook until color is caramel. Remove roux from pot. Put water and chicken broth in the large pot. Add the chicken, sausage, vegetable mixture, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, and ground black pepper. Bring all to a boil and cook for 20 minutes. Add ½ – ¾ of the roux and stir together; the mixture should have the consistency of chowder. If necessary, add the remaining roux. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Thirty minutes before fricassee is ready add mushrooms. Serve hot over rice, if desired.