Chicken Fricassee with Red Cabbage


The simplicity of Marcella Hazan’s Chicken Fricassee with Red Cabbage recipe blows me away. It calls for just chicken, red cabbage, onion, garlic, red wine, olive oil, salt and pepper. That’s it! From those you develop flavors, meld them together, simmer them. There are basically three steps. First is to cook the cabbage until it’s meltingly tender. Second is to brown the chicken. Lastly, it’s the marriage of those two slowly simmering away in a pot together. Instead of tossing the browned chicken pieces in the dark red cabbage sauce like Marcella instructed  I nestled them and let it simmer with the skin side up.

The chicken became so tender and the saucy red cabbage sweet and savory from the red wine. Pure comfort food. You gotta have mad passion and love to make a dish so delicious from just a few ingredients. Italian food has always been inspiring in this way. It’s simplicity at its best.


7 thoughts on “Chicken Fricassee with Red Cabbage

  1. hi kenny,
    i wonder how different the results would have been if i followed the directions and smothered the chicken in the red cabbage. for sure, not as attractive though.

    hi hannah,
    have you tried?

    hi dale,
    i think rabbits will be tasty but aren’t they too cute to eat when you’ve met them? but you’re lucky to date someone who raises their own food! who does the butchering?

  2. I just googled the recipe, as I’m going to cook it for my parent’s anniversary tomorrow – came up with your blog. I have cooked it before, and the super cool thing about it is the amazing purple chicken! In fact that is what everyone I have cooked it for calls it everafter. The melding of the flavors is just superb and noone has turned their nose up at the color. It is just amazingly decadent in both flavor and appearance. I recommend!

  3. Buon giorno da Italia!
    Just made this for lunch today. I’m glad I read these comments first. I made the original recipe with the chicken cooking with the cabbage. You’re right- couldn’t be simpler and it was delicious.

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