Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee from A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee from A Breath of Snow and Ashes

"Less EAT, Mummy!"  Jemmy piped up helpfully.  A long string of molasses-tinged saliva flowed from the corner of his mouth and dripped down the front of his shirt.  Seeing this, his mother turned on Mrs. Bug like a tiger.

"Now see what you've done, you interfering old busybody! That was his last clean shirt!  And how dare you talk about

our private lives with everybody in sight, what possible earthly business of yours is it, you beastly old gossiping --"

Seeing the futility of protest, Roger put his arms round her from behind, picked her up bodily off the floor, and carried her out the back door, this departure accented by incoherent protests from Bree an grunts of pain from Roger, as she kicked him repeatedly in the shins, with considerable force and accuracy.

I went to the door and closed it delicately, shutting off the sounds of further altercation in the yard.

"She gets that from you, you know," I said reproachfully, sitting down opposite Jamie.  "Mrs. Bug, that smells wonderful.  Do let's eat!"

Mrs. Bug dished the fricassee in huffy silence, but declined to join us at table, instead putting on her cloak and stamping out the front door, leaving us to deal with the clearing-up.  An excellent bargain, if you ask me.

Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 21)

There's nothing like a little post-fracas fricassee to return those embroiled in emotion to calm.  The rich sauce focuses the mind with singular intent, and the wholesome mix of slow-cooked chicken & veg comforts even the most adrenaline-charged maelstrom.

Unfortunately, when you're that pissed off, you don't really feel like sitting down to dinner, do you?

Not for awhile anyway.  We'll just keep it warm...

Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee

If you're a fan of Julia Child, then you may recognize Chicken Fricasse from her repertoire.  In fact, when I started my search for a traditional fricassee recipe, I turned to Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking first.  But whereas Mrs. Bug would have used one kettle to cook her stew, Julia managed to dirty every pan in the kitchen by cooking all of the components of this dish separately.

And that doesn't work in the modern Outlander Kitchen.  I'm sure all of us would rather be reading than doing the dishes.  Or at least sneaking a peek at DG's Daily Lines. ;)

Chicken Fricassee

So I took Julia's recipe and simplified and condensed it my very own Crockpot Chicken Fricassee receipt -- one that I'm pretty chuffed about.  It makes for some very tasty Outlander-inspired eats, if I do say so myself.

And while it uses (by my count) 3 pans, including the slow cooker, it's got nothing on Mrs. Child's.

Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee

Don't be daunted by the long recipe.  The method is simple, the ingredients basic and once everything is in the crock pot (about 30 minutes prep), you can turn it on and walk away for a good part of the day.

The sauce is quick to finish just before serving and is the highlight of the dish -- without it, this is simply a chicken and vegetable stew -- thickened with egg yolks, the sauce adds a luscious authenticity to my modern-day adaptation of this classic French dish.

And for those of you trying to cut the calories, don't be afraid of the cream, just go a little lighter on the sauce when you serve.  But please don't skip it, you'll be missing the best part.

Crock Pot Chicken Fricassee

The potatoes are the only non-authentic component of the dish.  Traditionally, a fricassee is served on rice, but in the spirit of making clean-up as easy as possible, I went with tatties and threw them in with everything else.

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