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Mexican Turkey Fricassée

May 8, 2012 by Joan Nova in Finishing Touches, Mexican + Southwestern, Poultry | 18 Comments

A little late for Cinco de Mayo, but ‘muy bueno’ nonetheless.

 Fricassée: A French cooking term usually indicating a thick, chunky stew of meat (often chicken or veal) made with vegetables and sometimes wine.

That said, my first introduction to the term fricassée came many years ago through an unlikely source far from the Champs de Elysse.  I discovered it in a cookbook written by a Puerto Rican chef and I wrote about it in Puerto Rico Style Short Ribs post.

So, it wasn’t much of a stretch after that to take it a little further west and give it some Mexican love. [Frequent visitors to FOODalogue may remember that I had a container of frozen mole from the last culinary challenge which I used as the flavor base for this dish.]

4.5 from 2 reviews
Mexican Turkey Fricassée
  • 1-1/2 lbs turkey tenderloin (breast) cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups mole (see link above for recipe)
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 plum tomato chopped
  • 2 small zucchini chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 dried plums chopped
  • ½ onion chopped
  • olive oil
  • dry seasonings (salt, black pepper, chipotle)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup corn niblets
  • toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tortilla rolled, cut in thin strips and toasted.
  • mixed herbs (I used cilantro and mint)
How To
  1. Season meat and saute in olive oil.
  2. Add mole and chicken broth.
  3. Cook on medium low for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add vegetables and plums.
  5. Cook about an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Toast pumpkin seeds in dry pan.
  7. Toast tortilla strips in dry pan.
4 servings

Finishing Touch: Top with fresh herbs, pumpkin seeds, and tortilla strips.

Postscript: Great flavors, satisfying dish … the only thing that could have made it better (for me) would have been dark meat.

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  1. Fricassée: “….and sometimes wine” did you drink the wine??
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  2. I grew up eating fricassee–rabbit or chicken. And my Mom’s were the best! But oh my, this modern interpretation flits across the border just intrigues me. Great idea, great presentation, great combo of flavors, and beautiful photos as well.
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  3. Muy bueno indeed. I always use chicken and never think of our friend Tom…Will keep in mind. Really a great dish.
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  4. Katie says:

    Yum, I love hearty stews and the like! I bet this tastes wonderful with turkey–a nice change from the old stand-by, chicken. I wish I had some mole hanging out in the freezer…
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  5. Ben says:

    Hmmm interesting, I love the mole sauce addition. Turkey and mole is a very wedding-like dish here in Mexico, who’s getting married? :D
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  6. It is NEVER too late for Cinco de Mayo!! I love mole – it’s one of my favorites. Do I say that on every comment I leave here? Because I think I do. Because you always seem to make my favorites!!
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  7. Penny says:

    Mole is good. Turkey is an interesting choice. Always love to try new ideas and this is definitely one.
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  8. Very healthy. Love that you’ve used turkey Joan.
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  9. I have a terrible flu..I’m in bed..I can hardly stop coughing…Why do I feel your fricasee would make me feel better??
    Please !!!!!!!!!!!
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  10. Judy Staton says:

    Your fricasse looked far more better than mine. I tried making one for my daughter once. Although she said the taste was okay, I couldn’t make a great plating even if it’d cost me.
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  11. sippitysup says:

    Fricassee. That’s a frickin’ funny word! GREG
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  12. This is mouthwatering! I had a friend Connie who would bring back her mole from Mexico to Dallas. Love the idea of incorporating mole in all these dishes!
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  13. Jenny says:

    This kind of food is definitely one of the best and I think i should give this a try.. Thanks for the idea here..
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  14. Robin Sue says:

    I must Fricassée a lot because I put wine in everything, even me!
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  15. Too late for Cinco de Mayo, but this is a dish to be eaten year round. Wow, Joan it looks and sounds incredible. My mouth is watering right now:)
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  16. Born27 says:

    Best alternative for turkey is chicken.. I know turkey cost much compare to chicken. I love the flavor of fricassee. This savory food is best serve during family time! It’s nice to see everyone enjoying while eating this recipe.
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  17. This looks so much better than what I envisioned when I saw the title. But of course, it comes from you, a much more modern, cleaner, yet very flavorful dish.
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  18. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Joan – I have some mole in my freezer too! From our dinner party last weekend. I will definitely remember this dish for the future. Love the garnish too!

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