I discovered this chicken with shallots recipe in the New York Times Cooking section while hunting around the web for 'best one pan chicken recipes.' I love braised chicken and at first glance I already knew this dish was going to be special. I cooked it for dinner the following night and WOW, it was amazing!
A Perfect Dinner Party Dish
This is one of those rare and treasured recipes with just a handful of simple ingredients that you can throw together with relative ease and produce the ultimate comfort meal you will want to cook again and again.
I love serving this dish to company. The recipe has never failed me and is such a crowd-pleaser. The chicken practically falls off the bone into the delicious mustard wine sauce. See my tips and photos below on trimming the excess skin of the chicken, to make the dish more elegant.
I made a few minor adjustments to the New York Times recipe: less salt, sliced shallots instead of whole ones. And in my version of the recipe, the braising stage happens in the oven rather than on the stovetop. I prefer the oven mostly because when the lid comes off for the last 20 minutes of cooking, the sauce reduces and thickens as the chicken skin crisps and gets beautifully browned under the heat of the oven.
In Praise of Braised Chicken
Braising is a technique of cooking chicken, or other foods, in flavorful liquid at relatively low heat, until tender. The chicken (or other food) is often pan-seared before braising to develop a first layer of rich color and flavor.
This recipe uses bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which make excellent braises. Thighs are the juiciest and most flavorful part of the chicken and the slow braise gets them as tender as can be while infusing them with the rich flavors of the sauce.
How to Make This Braised Chicken with Shallots
You'll need a large heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven with a lid - a pot that can go from the stovetop to the oven. First you'll brown the chicken and caramelize the shallots. Then you'll deglaze the pan with wine, add mustard and herbs, return the chicken to the pan, and finish cooking the chicken in the oven. Here's an overview of the recipe, step-by-step, with photos. (Scroll down to the printable recipe card below, for exact amounts and detailed instructions.)
Prepping Tip: Trim excess skin from the chicken - cut off the extra flaps of skin that aren't attached to the meat. The easiest way to do this is with kitchen scissors. (see the photo below left) I have a regular pair of sharp scissors I dedicate to this kind of task. In addition to reducing the fat content of the dish, this technique makes the chicken thighs look neater and more elegant.
- Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels, sprinkle with flour and season with salt and pepper.
- Melt butter (or oil for dairy-free) in a heavy lidded pot or skillet, and brown the chicken thighs on both sides, in two batches, until golden brown and crisp. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Add the shallots to the pan and cook them for 10 minutes or so, until they soften and caramelize.
- When the shallots are nicely caramelized, deglaze the pan by pouring in the white wine. As the wine bubbles, use a wooden spoon to stir and scrape up all the delicious browned bits of chicken skin and shallot that are stuck to the bottom of the pan, to release them into the sauce.
- Stir Dijon mustard and tarragon sprigs into the sauce, return the chicken to the pan and tuck sliced cherry tomatoes in between the chicken pieces. Cover the pan tightly and pop it into the oven to braise for thirty minutes.
- Take off the lid and cook for twenty minutes more, until the sauce is thickened and the chicken is golden brown and tender.
Serve this braised chicken and shallots with a side of crusty bread or mashed potatoes to sop up all the rich flavorful mustard wine sauce. If you're looking for something green on the side, this butter lettuce salad with citrus honey dressing will pair well.
If you make this braised chicken with shallots, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print
This post originally appeared on Panning The Globe on September 27, 2019. It has been refreshed and republished on September 29, 2022 with more pertinent information and a new recipe title. The previous title was "Dijon Chicken with Shallots and White Wine."