Braised Chicken Thighs

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Introduction: Braised Chicken Thighs

About: Hello, I'm Matej, husband and a father of 3 sons. I love to cook for my family and finally decided to share some of my recipes with the world. I'm all about simple cooking, no fancy high level culinary creatio…

Braised chicken thighs are very high on my list of family friendly dishes. The whole thing comes together in about an hour and it's very easy to prepare, even when you're just starting to learn cooking. The chicken is literally fall apart tender and the vegetables compliment it's rich taste very well.

I prefer rice as a side dish in this case, but some pasta or mashed potatoes would be great choices too. When it comes to the vegetables, you can use the same as I did or modify this to your likings. Now let me show you how cook this dish.

Supplies

These amounts will make 4-5 solid servings.

8 chicken thighs – use as many as you can fit into the pan in one layer

10 cherry tomatoes

1 small zucchini

1 medium red onion

4-5 garlic cloves

1 bell pepper (yellow or red)

2 spring onions

2-3 tablespoons of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of red paprika 

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1.5 cups chicken broth or stock

1-2 sprigs of rosemary

Step 1: Video for Visual Learners.

As with all my Instructables, let's start with a video for the visual learners among us. I've embeded it from my YouTube channel and I'd love you to check it out, to see more of my recipes!

Step 2: Season the Chicken Thighs First

There's no cooking without seasoning, so let's start with that.

First a touch of olive oil, so the other spices stick to the meat nicely.

Go on with salt and black pepper to taste.

Ad finally, drop in red paprika, garlic powder and onion powder... 1 teaspoon of each.

Mix everything with your hands to make sure all part of the chicken are nicely covered.

Step 3: Brown the Chicken Now

Heat up some olive oil in a large OVEN SAFE pan or skillet and brown the chicken thighs from both sides. Give it about 2-3 minutes per side, then take the chicken of the pan and set aside.

NOTE: We need to use an oven safe skillet/pan, because the final part of the cooking process happens in the oven, to make sure the skin turns out nice and crisp.

Step 4: Now the Vegetable Base

Drop a cube of butter into the pan and melt it.

NOTE: Do not remove the drippings that are left in the pan from the browning, they will improve the flavor a lot!

Now add all the vegetables that you have cut into chunks. The size depends on what you prefer, I always go for a "bite" size.

Step 5: Finish the Vegetable Base

Add 1-1.5 cups of chicken broth or stock and 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Mix it all up an keep simmering for a few minutes.

Depending on how salty the stock/broth is, you might need to add some salt too.

Step 6: Put the Chicken Back Into the Pan

Return all the chicken thighs into the pan now..

Place them atop of the vegetables and make sure the skin is not fully submerged in the liquids.

Cover the pan with a lid and keep on braising on low heat for about 30 minutes. It can take a bit longer, depending on the size of thighs used.

Step 7: Make a Fork Test

30-40 minutes later, the thighs should be "fork tender" which means a fork should slide in and out easily. Once we are there it's time for the final step.

Step 8: Into the Oven Now

Place the pan into a preheated oven, the temperature should be around 250C or 475F.

This final step takes 10-15 minutes, or until the skin become golden brown and crispy. If you want to speed it up a bit, turn the broiling mode on.

Step 9: We're Done!

And we are done!

The thighs look great and we are ready to serve.

As mentioned at the beginning, rice is likely the best side dish here, as the rice absorbs the juices nicely.

But again, feel free to use mashed potatoes, pasta or whatever side you prefer.

NOTE: I have a more detailed version of this braised chicken thighs recipe on my blog, along with some optional tips. Go check it out :)

TIP: Looking for more thighs recipes? Try my grilled chicken gyros.

See you next time!

Questions or comments? Post them please :)

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12 Comments

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garfieldgurl
garfieldgurl

18 days ago

My goodness! This looks amazing! Love the recipe and will try it next time I have chicken thighs. Thank you for sharing!

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 15 days ago

Perfect, let me know how you liked it :)

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dickbergman
dickbergman

17 days ago

Has anybody actually made this recipe?

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maxman
maxman

4 weeks ago

I've never tried that step at the end where you crisp up the skin. Going to try that very soon.

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 4 weeks ago

I think it helps the final result a lot, I mean, we all love the skin a bit cripsy don't we? :)

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ShankarM
ShankarM

4 weeks ago on Introduction

Woww looks delicious, I would make it a bit spicier. But can't judge before trying!

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 4 weeks ago

Definitely add something spicy if that's your thing. I would make it spicier myself too, it's just that my wife cannot eat spicy food so I have to keep that in mind when cooking for the family :)

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 4 weeks ago

Definitely add something spicy if that's your thing. I would make it spicier myself too, it's just that my wife cannot eat spicy food so I have to keep that in mind when cooking for the family :)

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Meiglan
Meiglan

4 weeks ago

These look amazing!! On the Must Make list for sure!

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thank you, let me know how they turned out :)

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

4 weeks ago

That looks fantastic :D

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cookwewill
cookwewill

Reply 4 weeks ago

Thank you Jessy! :)