This is one of those no-fail recipes that everyone needs in their cooking repertoire. One of the great things about this recipe (besides the taste) is that you can half, double or triple all of the ingredients based on your number of dinner guests. This dish is very forgiving – feel free to adjust the ingredients to your taste – you can’t go wrong! A few items to note:
- use cuts of chicken with skin on
- you can vary the cuts depending on your preference
- the garlic not only adds flavor, but it tastes great on its own after braising
- recipe below serves 2
- 2 bone-in chicken thighs with skin (6 ounces each)
- 2 chicken breasts with skin (6 ounces each)
- all-purpose flour for dusting
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin 0live oil
- 3 large peeled garlic cloves
- 3/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- 3 1-inch strips of lemon zest
- 4 thyme springs
- 2 teaspoons capers, drained
- 2 bay leaves
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust with flour. In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the butter in the oil. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned (12 to 14 minutes). Transfer the chicken to a large plate and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat.
Add the garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, lemon zest, thyme, capers and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up. Transfer the skillet to the oven, cover and braise for 30-35 minutes, until the meat is tender.
Remove chicken, then return the skillet to the stove and boil until the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme, bay leaf and lemon zest before serving.
I like to serve this with a side of fingerling potatoes and haricots verts (french green beans).
Adapted from Food & Wine recipe “Zesty Braised Chicken”