Fricassee of Hen (or Chicken) with Carrot, Celery and Apples

S7 (US season 1)EPISODE 08
An old hen is a lot tougher than a chicken - but it is packed with flavor, and when cooked for a long time it becomes tender. In this fricassee I combine the traditional root vegetable flavors with fresh-tasting apples.


  • In a pot large enough to fit the hen, bring water to a boil. Add hen, pepper and bay leave and let simmer gently for 1 ½ hour. Transfer hen to cutting board and let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, pluck the meat from the hen, discarding skin and bones.
  • Reduce stock by one third. Add root vegetables, leek, and a pinch of salt and boil until vegetables are almost tender. Add the meat. In a small bowl, using a fork, mix cream and sifted flour together until smooth. Add to the pot, stir, and let simmer for 3 more minutes.