Traditional Acadian Chicken Fricot

Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1h 45 min
6 servings

This popular chicken fricot is easily one of our favourite Acadian recipes. It is the epitome of comfort food in New Brunswick, and is essentially an Acadian take on chicken stew and dumplings. These soft, fluffy dumplings are also often fondly referred to as dough boys in the Maritimes. The combination of chicken, potatoes, carrots, and dumplings make for a hearty bowl that’s both simple and delicious. While the recipe may vary slightly from one home to the next across the Maritimes, chicken fricot remains a staple of Acadian food.

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lb whole chicken
cups water
cup onion, chopped
Tbsp butter, divided
garlic cloves, minced
cups carrots, peeled and chopped
cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 ½
cups celery, chopped
Tbsp summer savory
1 ½
cups all-purpose flour
tsp salt
tsp baking powder
cup milk
Fresh parsley, finely chopped, to garnish (optional)


A flat lay of a whole chicken, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes and various spices and herbs
Step 1

In a large pot, combine whole chicken and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for one hour.

Step 2

Remove the chicken. Strain liquid, reserving the broth.

Step 3

Allow the chicken to slightly cool. Pull the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the skin and bones. Set meat aside.

Chicken being pulled apart on a cutting board
Step 4

Using a large pot, sauté onions in 1 tablespoon of butter for 1-2 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté an additional minute.

Step 5

Add broth, chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery, and summer savory. Add water to cover if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.

Onions, potatoes, celery and carrots in bowls
Step 6

Simmer mixture over low-medium heat for approximately 30 minutes or until the carrots and potatoes have sufficiently softened.

Step 7

Sift flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Step 8

Gradually add milk, using a fork to incorporate it into the mixture. Let the dough rest for 1-2 minutes.

Dough mixture in a bowl for Acadian chicken fricot
Step 9

Drop the batter into the simmering fricot, one spoonful at a time. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Acadian chicken fricot simmering in a pot
Step 10

Scoop into bowls, garnish with fresh parsley and serve!

A closeup of Acadian chicken fricot in a bowl

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