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Easy Chicken Fricassee

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One of the few main dishes that First Lady Mary Lincoln could get her husband, President Abe Lincoln, to eat was Chicken Fricassee. So, in salute of one of history's picky eaters, we're offering up a version of this hearty chicken dish that just might win his seal of approval.

What You'll Need:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (2-1/2- to 3-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 (10 ¾-ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped (about 1-1/4 cups)
What To Do:
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and brown chicken pieces on both sides, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken to a platter and drain all but 2 tablespoons liquid from pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together soup, milk, lemon juice, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
  4. Reheat pan drippings over medium-high heat and add onions and carrots; saute 3 to 4 minutes, or until onions are soft.
  5. Return chicken to skillet, pour soup mixture over chicken, and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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My grandfather liked this over buttermilk biscuits also.

If it's good enough for Abe, it's good enough for me. May try this tomorrow. )

Substituted celery soup with cream of mushroom and cut 2 boneless chicken breasts in 2-inch pieces, it was a hit with my 3 and 6 year old! Very tasty

I have made this in the slo-cooker on many occasions! I don't have to brown by doing it this way, and it takes a couple of min. to get it ready!! LOVE it! AND, in the summer have a good hot meal!!

I made this yesterday and of coarse changed it some according to what was available in the house. Changed to bnls,sknls chix breasts and I didn't have crm of celery so I used crm of chix. instead of a fresh carrot I put in a bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots,corn & grn beans). My husband liked it and we;ll be having the lefteovers for lunch today.

I would love to see calorie and carb counts.

Carb count would be njegligible, if that! Calorie count doesn't matter when you are NOT having this 5 days a week!! Enjoy your life, once in awhile!

It looks like there is celery in the picture.. was this omitted from the recipe?

would assume that came from the celery soup


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