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Classic French Chicken in White Wine Sauce

Ben Fink

Servings: four.

This is a variation on a chicken fricassée, using a classic French mirepoix to flavor the sauce. The addition of a little prosciutto or ham to the mirepoix gives the finished sauce a nice depth. If the ham you choose is particularly salty, season the chicken only very lightly with salt. Serve the chicken in wide soup bowls with egg noodles or rice, if you like, and the sauce spooned over all.


  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 4-lb. chicken, cut into 6 pieces (or 3-1/2 to 4 lb. chicken pieces)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 oz. prosciutto or country ham, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup homemade or low-salt canned chicken stock
  • 3 Tbs. heavy cream (at room temperature)
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 510
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 29
  • Saturated Fat (g): 11
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 165
  • Sodium (mg): 1310
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 51


  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook it in the skillet on the skin side to brown it and to render the fat from the skin, about 15 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook on the bone side for about 5 minutes. Remove and reserve the chicken.
  • Pour off all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pan. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and prosciutto or ham and sauté until the onion is browned and the vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the wine and chicken stock to the pan and stir to combine with vegetables. Put the chicken back into the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover the skillet with a lid, and simmer the chicken in the sauce until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, turn the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the volume of liquid by half, about 5 minutes (or 6 to 7 minutes if you want a thicker sauce). Add the cream, stir to combine, and remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the chicken to wide soup plates; taste and season the sauce with salt and pepper if necessary and spoon it over the chicken. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley.


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Reviews (16 reviews)

  • Laurag4321 | 05/04/2021

    I have made this recipe numerous times. I recommend a robust white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc (my personal favorite for this). I would not use a Chardonnay.

    Like others who have reviewed the recipe, I use more mirepoix vegetables (and increase other ingredients accordingly such as reserving more of the butter/fat in the pan and increasing the wine, broth, and cream). I do not add mushrooms, as I believe it fundamentally changes the bright, yet rich, character of the dish. I like the mirepoix chopped very finely. I find that if I increase the vegetables, it is not necessary to serve with a starch.

    I often use chicken thighs (with bones and skin) instead of a whole chicken for convenience. I also recommend choosing a sweet yellow onion.

    Believe the write-up when it advises reducing the salt slightly if you use salty ham. It is easy to make it too salty using prosciutto, speck, or similar ham. Also believe the recommendation to use low salt chicken stock!

    During the pandemic, I occasionally cook for neighbors who need a little extra help. This is a great dish to share because everyone likes it. I just use two big skillets side by side and make two at a time!

  • Krispie | 04/08/2019

    I make this all the time. SOOOOOOO good. And quite easy. You need to make this.

  • jng000 | 12/14/2018

    very flavorful. I didn't have any heavy cream so I added milk and butter instead. delicious. Husband loved it. And he usually never says anything.

  • Krispie | 11/20/2015

    I followed others advice and doubled the mirepoix. I upped the liquids but not quite double. I used pancetta instead of prosciutto. This was superb.

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