Creole chicken. Spicy, creamy, a little bit rich. Satisfying. Maybe not what jumps to mind when you think comfort food but satisfying in a way only a fricassee can be.
This is a dish that isn’t too fiddly. Measurements don’t need to be that precise. Leave your measuring spoons and cups in the drawer and just cook.
This creole chicken recipe uses a lot of creole seasoning. High salt content, pre-fab mixes like Tony Chachere’s are going to push you into ridiculously salty territory. You need to make your own I’m afraid. The one included is a good, simple seasoning mix. Others will work fine – just modify the salt content accordingly.
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.
- 3 Tbsp neutral oil (e.g. vegetable)
- 1 cup or so chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup or so diced green pepper
- 1-1.5 Tbsp low salt simple creole seasoning
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 2 to 2½ cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- salt to taste
- Season the chicken thighs generously with creole seasoning. Heat the oil until it shimmers in a dutch oven large enough to hold all the chicken. Notice how much oil is in the pan. You are going to remove some fat after frying the chicken and you want about the same amount you started with when you sauté the vegetables.
- Fry the chicken skin side down over medium heat until golden - 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the chicken over and fry another 3-4 minutes.
- Remove chicken, spoon off all but about 3 Tbsp of fat (it's mostly chicken fat now) and add the onion and green pepper. Sauté until the onion is translucent, around 5 minutes. Add the creole seasoning and stir constantly for 30 seconds.
- Mix in the flour and stir for another 30 seconds.
- Add ½ cup of chicken stock and stir constantly, scraping up any flour on the bottom of the pan. The sauce will thicken considerably. Add 1½ cups of stock and bring to a boil. Return chicken skin side up along with any accumulated juices to the pot. Check to see the liquid comes to about half way up the chicken. If it doesn't, add a bit more stock.
- Simmer covered for 12 minutes. Flip the chicken and simmer until done, another 12-15 minutes. Remove chicken from the pot, increase the heat and reduce slightly.
- Remove from heat and mix in the whipping cream.
- Taste and adjust salt.