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Lush and luxurious, French-inspired Chicken Bouillabaisse is a rustic chicken stew that's elegant enough to serve to guests!



Total time

60 minutes






  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or as needed)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large split chicken breasts (on the bone, with the skin)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 small fennel bulb (finely chopped)
  • 4 medium tomatoes (seeded and chopped or 1 can (15-ounce) petite diced tomatoes)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 (2-inch) piece orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 8 baby Yukon Gold potatoes ( sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)
  • rouille
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons hot cooking liquid from pot
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Hungarian paprika
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)


  1. CHICKEN:  Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Season chicken generously with salt and black pepper.  Place in the hot oil, reduce heat to medium and brown well on the skin side, approximately 6-7 minutes.  Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onion, celery and fennel to the oil (adding more if needed) and cook 8-10 minutes or until very soft.  Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add the wine, chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, saffron, orange peel and crushed red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.
  4. Place the chicken back in the broth.  Cover and cook 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked through to at least 165 degrees.  (Chicken should be able to be removed easily from bone.)
  5. Add the potatoes and cook gently 10 more minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  6. With a fork, remove skin and shred chicken into large chunks.  Place back in broth.  Add chopped fresh parsley.
  7. ROUILLE:  Place saffron threads in a small bowl.  Remove 2 tablespoons of the hot cooking liquid and allow saffron to soften a bit.  Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  8. TO SERVE:  Serve in shallow bowls with crusty bread, topped with a dollop of the rouille.
  9. View the recipe instructions at From a Chef's Kitchen

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