Fennel Chicken Recipe | Chicken Stew Recipes | PBS Food

This Fennel Chicken recipe is a stew where the fennel is braised with red onions, chicken thighs and wine. (Recipe Credit: Marc Matsumoto from Fresh Tastes)


Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • .4 ounces garlic, about 2 cloves, minced
  • 7.8 ounces red onion, about 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 9.7 ounces baby fennel, trimmed and halved lengthwise (reserve any leaves for garnish)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc)
  • 2 tablespoons creme fraiche


  1. If your pieces of chicken are very large, cut them into manageable pieces (5x5-inches).
  2. Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto both sides of the chicken and then dust evenly with the flour.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a heavy bottomed pot such as a Dutch oven. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin-side down in a single layer (if all the chicken doesn't fit, divide it into two batches to brown). Let the chicken brown undisturbed until a brown crust forms on the bottom (about 4-5 minutes).
  4. Flip the chicken and brown the other side (another 4-5 minutes). Transfer the browned chicken to a bowl and repeat with the rest of the chicken if necessary.
  5. Add the garlic to the pot and saute until fragrant.
  6. Add the onions, fennel and bay leaf to the pot and then add the wine. Return the chicken to the pot. Partially cover with a lid and braise over low heat. Check the chicken after 20 minutes, if there is still a lot of liquid in the pot, continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes until the chicken is tender and the liquid has reduced to a thick sauce.
  7. Add the creme fraiche to a small bowl and whisk in some of the hot braising liquid. This step tempers the creme fraiche and prevents it from curdling. Pour this tempered creme fraiche back into the pot and stir to combine.
  8. Serve the chicken with some chopped fennel leaves.
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