|Bone in Chicken Stew|
White meat or dark meat? Breast or thigh? Most people choose to use boneless, skinless chicken breast when cooking, citing health reasons. True, they have less fat, but they also have wayyyy less taste. I use skin on, bone in chicken thighs. Thighs have a richer flavor and are much moister. You can always just remove the skin before eating.
Speaking of health, you can just use 2 cups of chicken broth rather than using root beer. Don’t. This sauce will make you weep, it is that good.
Time: Active time: 10 minutes; Cook: 45 minutes; Stew in an hour
Hardware: Measuring spoons and cups, a cutting board and knife, a large heavy bottom skillet that can be used on the stove and in the oven (I prefer a cast iron skillet), a gallon plastic bag, a wooden spoon, tongs, a plate, a thermometer
|Pre-slice the veggies|
- 2 pieces of thick cut bacon
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 chicken thighs
- Salt & pepper
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup root beer
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown mustard
- 1 pound gold potatoes
- 2 shallots (2 ounces)
- 2 large carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme (1 teaspoon dried)
- Pinch of hot pepper flakes
- Take the chicken from the refrigerator while you are preparing the veggies. This will allow the chicken to rise to room temperature, ensuring that it cooks evenly. Pre-heat the oven to 375˚.
- Scrub the potatoes and cut them into very thin rounds. It is important that they be as thin as possible so that they will cook through. Peel and slice the shallots. Cut the celery and carrots into quarters long ways and then into 3-inch pieces. Roughly chop the bacon. Measure the liquids. Set everything aside.
- Heat the oil and bacon over medium high heat in the heavy bottom skillet until the bacon fat melts, about 3 minutes. Place the bacon on the plate.
- Generously salt and pepper the thighs. Put the flour into the plastic bag. Then add the thighs and shake like crazy.
- Place the floured thighs, skin side down into the bacon fat and allow them to brown, about 5 minutes per side. Place the chicken onto the plate.
- Deglaze the skillet with the root beer and broth. Make sure to scrape off any little browned bits of flour as you stir. Stir in the sugar, mustard and pepper flakes. Toss in the thyme and bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Place the potatoes into the bottom of the pan, trying to make sure that they are submerged as much as possible. Layer on the shallots, carrots and celery. Sprinkle the bacon on top of everything. LIGHTLY salt.
- Place the chicken, skin side up, on top of the veggies and put the skillet into the oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until the thermometer reads 160˚ when inserted into the fattest thigh.
- Remove the chicken and the
herbs. Discard the herbs. Toss the veggies in the liquid in the bottom of
Chicken thighs are so flavorful
- To plate make a bed of veggies, top with a thigh and smother in sauce.