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Saffron and Coriander Chicken Fricassee

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Saffron and Coriander Chicken Fricassee

Saffron Chicken Fricassee is one of the many Mediterranean saffron chicken recipes but stands out among all. The origin of this saffron chicken recipe is France where it is also cooked with red sauce and red wine, but most people like it with white sauce that is rich in flavor with fresh herbs and spices. The saffron chicken recipe I am going to share is made with a creamy sauce that turned in a fine yellow color because of saffron and it is heavenly amazing. I love making it in my own way and I am sure if you follow the same recipe, it will turn out super delicious. The fusion of the ingredients, richness of the sauce, and tenderness of the chicken make fricassee a dreamy dish that can be cooked and enjoyed on a bad day.


Saffron is no doubt an expensive spice but all you need is a small amount of it, nearly a pinch in all your saffron recipes. In the past, it was mostly used in many Indian, royal Persian chicken, and other Persian recipes but now many countries are using saffron in their meals, drinks, and savories.

4 – 6 Persons

Prepare Time

Prepare Time:
30 Minutes

Cooking Time

Cooking Time:
1 hour

Skill Level

Skill Level:


  • 4 lbs Chicken legs with skin (whole)
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper (powdered)
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Carrots (diced)
  • 1 cup White Onions (diced)
  • 1 cup Celery Stalks (diced)
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds (powdered)
  • ¼ tsp Saffron Threads
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1 quart Chicken Broth (unsalted)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Tarragon (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Flat-leaf Parsley (chopped)


  • Use a paper towel to pat dry the chicken and season it on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Take a medium sized Dutch oven and melt the butter on medium high heat.
  • Add olive oil and when the butter starts foaming add the chicken and brown each side of it for about 5 mins.
  • Remove the chicken pieces after frying and keep them on a separate plate.
  • Add the carrots, onions, and celery in the same oven and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook the vegetables for about 8 – 10 minutes and just when they start to brown, add coriander and saffron and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour while constantly stirring and mix it completely until you will see no flex of flour in the Dutch oven.
  • List ItemStir the yogurt mixture to blend all the ingredients to make a smooth creamy saffron sauce.
  • Add the wine and chicken broth, mix them with the vegetables, and increase the heat to let them boil.
  • Now add the fried chicken pieces and bay leaves in the Dutch oven, cover with the lid and reduce the heat to medium high.
  • Cook until the chicken is completely cooked and tender, it will nearly take 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Gently simmer the chicken on a reduced heat when cooked and remove the chicken and bay leaves.
  • Now put ¾ of the prepared gravy from the Dutch oven into the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Put the blended gravy back in the dish and squeeze the lemon juice in it. Taste and adjust the seasoning if you feel like doing so. Place the chicken pieces back in the dish and garnish it with chopped tarragon and parsley. Serve with the crispy bread, potato wedges, or mashed potatoes.


  • Use the fresh veggies and the exact amount of ingredients for the best taste.
  • Wrapped the leftover chicken fricassee properly, do not keep it for more than 2 – 3 days.

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YourSaffron sells a wide range of Saffron products such as Saffron herbs, threads, tea, coffee, honey, soaps and supplements. Their Saffron is grown, processed and packaged in Iran. The Saffron handpicked and dried using traditional Persian methods ensuring potent and fresh produce. The health benefits Saffron has to offer are second to none and that’s why we want to share the magic spice with all of Australia.

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