Dijon braised chicken thighs: These are comfort food at its best. Crispy chicken thighs braised in a Dijon sauce with potatoes. I could eat this every day. From the Our Sweet Basil cookbook! | macheesmo.com
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Dijon braised chicken thighs: These are comfort food at its best. Crispy chicken thighs braised in a Dijon sauce with potatoes. I could eat this every day. From the Our Sweet Basil cookbook! | macheesmo.com

One of my favorite things about blogging is seeing people that I’ve followed for years do awesome things. Case in point: Oh Sweet Basil! Cade and Carrian are an amazing duo and they make some seriously killer recipes. They like to describe their food as “Southern comfort with a little farm-to-table.” That seems to make sense to me (and makes me hungry). I recently got my hands on their just-released cookbook and the first thing I had to try immediately were these Dijon Braised Chicken Thighs!

Chicken thighs are such an under-utilized cut (which is sort of nice because they tend to be cheap), but they are my personal favorite. If cooked right, the skin gets nice and crispy and they are almost impossible to overcook which isn’t true for most other cuts of poultry.

This recipe treats them perfectly. Braising them keeps them juicy and the potatoes that cook in the same skillet are killer. Check out the full recipe below and Enter the giveaway at the end of the post to maybe win a copy of Our Sweet Basil Kitchen!

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Dijon Braised Chicken Thighs

These are comfort food at its best. Crispy chicken thighs braised in a Dijon sauce with potatoes. I could eat this every day. From the Our Sweet Basil Kitchen cookbook!

Ingredients

4-5 bone-in chicken thighs, skin on
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Ground black pepper
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
6 slices bacon (optional)
2 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds yukon potatoes, chopped
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
Fresh parsley, garnish

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, stir together vinegar, garlic, mustard, sugar, and paprika.
  3. In a heavy, oven safe skillet, cook bacon if you’re using it until crispy over medium heat. When bacon is crispy remove to a plate with some paper towels to drain. Then chop. Pour off bacon grease, leaving 1 tablespoon in the skillet.
  4. Return skillet to stove and turn heat up to medium-high. If you didn’t use bacon, add 1 tablespoon of neutral oil to the skillet. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for about 5 minutes until skin is golden brown. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Then remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Add butter to skillet along with onion and cook until soft (3-4 minutes). THen add potatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Nestle chicken pieces back in the skillet, skin-side up. Pour over sauce.
  7. Bring mixture to a simmer on the stove, then transfer to the oven to braise for 40 minutes until chicken thighs are cooked through.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with reserved bacon and parsley.

Dijon Braised Chicken Thighs

Get some nice big chicken thighs for this recipe. One thigh should be enough for a serving. Be sure to buy the ones with the bone-in still and the skin on. Season them really liberally with salt and pepper.

Chicken thighs

Basics.

The sauce for this recipe is amazing. A simple mix of apple cider vinegar, mustard, paprika, and garlic. I think this would also be a great sauce on pork, but it goes well on chicken for sure.

Dijon braised chicken thighs

Easy sauce.

The original recipe calls for crisping some bacon in the skillet as a first step. Hey, guess who forgot to get bacon at the store? THIS BLOGGER.

I’m sure that the recipe is even better with bacon because how could it not be?

But, it’s also delicious without it as it turns out. The only real change is instead of browning the chicken thighs in the bacon grease, you’ll have to add a drizzle of neutral oil to the skillet to help them brown. Let them cook for about five minutes per side so the skin starts to crisp up a bit.

Dijon braised chicken thighs

Sizzling start.

Then remove the chicken (which is still basically raw at this point). Add the butter to the skillet along with the onion. Cook that for a few minutes and then toss in the potatoes.

Dijon braised chicken thighs

taters.

Cook those for a few minutes and then nestle the chicken back in the skillet. Sauce time!

Dijon braised chicken thighs

Action shot.

Add the chicken stock to the skillet and bring the mixture to a simmer. It’ll look like a lot of liquid, but don’t worry. It thickens nicely.

Dijon braised chicken thighs

Ready to braise.

Bring the mixture to a simmer on the stove, but then transfer it immediately to a 450 degree oven to braise for about 40 minutes.

The flavors in this recipe are all some of my favorite. The apple cider and mustard are so savory and wonderful when they thicken up in the sauce.

This Dijon Braised Chicken Thigh recipe is one I’ll make again, for sure.

Dijon braised chicken thighs: These are comfort food at its best. Crispy chicken thighs braised in a Dijon sauce with potatoes. I could eat this every day. From the Our Sweet Basil cookbook! | macheesmo.com

The Giveaway!

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26 comments on “Dijon Braised Chicken Thighs + Giveaway!

  1. I haven’t braised chicken thighs before, but usually when I buy them because they’re cheap, they turn out to be so ridiculously fatty that once I’ve cut off the major hunks, I wonder if I’ve actually saved any money at all?

  2. Looks good. Good I use a dutch oven instead of a cast iron skillet? One more question: We have a family of 5 (3 teenagers), so I often have to double recipes. Would this double well?

    1. Hey Erin! I think it would double just fine, but I would be careful to keep the stuff all in a single layer so the chicken thighs stay crispy..if you stacked them in a dutch oven they woudl just get soggy. If I were going ot double it I’d brown the thighs in a skillet and then make the potato mixture in the skillet, but then transfer everything to a large baking dish so it was all in one layer and braise that. Hope that helps!

  3. Love me some chicken thighs! They are so easy to cook and so tasty and so cheap! Thanks for this new recipe to try, and for the giveaway! YUM

  4. chicken thighs are my favorite, but i use the skinless and boneless for a lighter version. will make this on my next menu. thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I love chicken thighs but have never thought of braising them until now. Thanks for the great recipe and giveaway.

  6. I love to cook a whole value pack of thighs at once and use for lunches or freeze for pizza and salad on lazy nights.

  7. Yes, I’ve tried braised chicken thighs and it’s what made me like thighs. Before that I never cooked them.

  8. I’ve been vegetarian for 20+ years so I’ve definitely never braised chicken wings but I’m so glad you brought my attention to the Oh Sweet Basil blog because they have a LOT of very tasty looking recipes! (And that heirloom tomato tart on the cover of their book looks divine!)

  9. These look amazing…I am definitely going to try this one! I bet even my picky family would love them!

  10. Oh yum! Just found your blog and bookmarked it. Great recipes! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  11. This dish is as good as advertised! Cooking time in my oven was a bit different – 20 minutes to 165 degrees instead of forty – but other than that recipe is a winner. Try it you’ll love it!

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