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Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee

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Chicken Fricassee is a delicious French easy to prepare comfort dish. To make this recipe suitable for a ketogenic & primal diet, I used a combination of cream and egg yolks instead of flour to thicken the sauce, and served it with cauli-rice. If you follow a paleo approach, you can skip the cream and use coconut milk instead. If you don't want to use any wine, simply add more chicken stock or bone broth.

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Allergy information for Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free


  • Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs9.1 grams
Protein32.4 grams
Fat48.6 grams
Calories642 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 21%, fat 73%
Total carbs12.5 gramsFiber3.4 gramsSugars6.1 gramsSaturated fat26.9 gramsSodium490 mg(21% RDA)Magnesium65 mg(16% RDA)Potassium952 mg(48% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 500 g chicken thighs, thinly sliced (1.1 lb)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • 4 tbsp ghee or duck fat (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, diced (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium celery stalk, sliced (40 g/ 1.4 oz)
  • 1 cup sliced white mushrooms (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (30 ml/ 1 fl oz)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or bone broth - you can make your own (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or more stock (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream or coconut milk (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs such as parsley, tarragon or thyme
  • 4 cups uncooked cauliflower rice (480 g/ 16.9 oz) - here's how to "rice" cauliflower
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cut the chicken into medium pieces and season with salt. Heat a large casserole dish or skillet greased with 2 tablespoons of ghee over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken slices and cook until browned from all sides, for 6-8 minutes. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  2. Once browned, using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside. Work in batches if needed - do not overfill the pan. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  3. Add another tablespoon of ghee in the pan where you cooked the chicken. Add diced onion and minced garlic. Cook until lightly browned and fragrant, for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the sliced celery stalks and mushrooms. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for a minute. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  4. Add the lemon juice, chicken stock, white wine, crumbled bay leaf and paprika. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the cream with the egg yolks. Slowly drizzle the egg & cream mixture into the pan while mixing and cook until thickened, for 1-2 minutes. Then, add freshly chopped herbs (reserve some for garnish).
    Don't waste the egg whites! Keep them for making any of my keto bread recipes or Sugar-Free Meringues. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  6. Put the browned chicken back into the casserole, combine and cook for 1-2 minutes. Once cooked, set aside. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  7. In another large pot, cook the cauliflower rice. Grease the pot with the remaining tablespoon of ghee. Add the "riced" cauliflower (see my step-by-step guide on how to "rice" cauliflower). Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee
  8. When done, serve the chicken with the cauliflower rice and garnish with the reserved parsley. Low-Carb Chicken Fricassee

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken thighs (skinless, boneless, raw)
0 g24.6 g5.2 g151 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
0 g0 g15 g136 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
1.1 g0.2 g0 g6 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Celery stalk, fresh
0.1 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Mushrooms (white), fresh
0.4 g0.5 g0.1 g4 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.6 g0.6 g8 kcal
White wine (dry)
0.6 g0 g0 g25 kcal
Bay leaf, dried
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
1.6 g1.1 g22.8 g220 kcal
Egg yolk, fresh
0.6 g2.7 g4.5 g55 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0.1 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Cauliflower rice, homemade (cauli-rice, KetoDiet app)
3.6 g2.3 g0.3 g30 kcal
Total per serving
9.1 g32.4 g48.6 g642 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (4)

I just made this recipe and it is incredible!  It is rich and has a wonderful savory flavor with a light wine accent.  Preparation is easy, the longest step being removing chicken from the bones.  I am serving it on a garlic/cauliflower puree.  I highly recommend this!

Thank you Jill, I'm glad you enjoyed it! 😊

I made this for dinner last night. Was absolutely wonderful. Creamy & delicious. Thank you Martina

Thank you Devialini!