Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs


  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (6 to 8 thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon Minnie's Blend (Farmergirl Fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil
  • 10 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2- by 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound finely shredded cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 4- to 5-quart straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook without moving it until well-browned and crisp, about 8 minutes total, lowering heat if it starts to smoke excessively. Flip chicken and brown lightly on second side, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a large plate and set aside.
  2. Add bacon to pan and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain off all but 1/4 cup (60ml) rendered fat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add cabbage and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add mustard and vinegar and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Add chicken stock, sugar, bay leaves, Minnie's Blend and thyme sprigs, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Nestle chicken back into sauté pan, leaving the skin above the liquid but submerging most of the meat. Transfer pan to oven and cook uncovered, until chicken is totally tender and liquid has reduced by about half, about 45 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer chicken to a serving platter. Stir butter into sauté pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, spooning cabbage and sauce into shallow bowls and topping with chicken. Enjoy!

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