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Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas

Vinegar Braised Chicken

This…was so good. And it was really a last minute dinner idea. I had to go get chicken and white balsamic vinegar. Okay and leeks, but really after I got everything I needed it was so quick and delicious! And you could certainly use non-white balsamic vinegar if you don’t mind a pink sauce.

If I remember correctly, we had these with some mashed potatoes (which I hardly ever make) and a $9.99 bottle of a Côtes du Rhône wine (which was really good)! It was almost like a special occasion dinner or something.

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas
Adapted from a recipe in Food & Wine magazine
Feeds 2…and maybe a 1/2?

4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 – 1 1/4 pounds)
Kosher Salt & Freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium leeks, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
1 tbsp chopped tarragon
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

In a large, oven-proof skillet, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the chicken, skin side up, and cook over medium-high heat until browned, 5 minutes. Turn and cook the chicken for 1 minute. Remove to a plate or bowl and set aside.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Add the leeks to the skillet and cook until just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Add the broth and vinegar and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits from the chicken or leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Nestle the chicken down into the brothy leeks and add any chicken juices to the pan.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Roast the chicken in the oven for about 20 minutes, until it is cooked through.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Transfer the chicken to a platter. Place the skillet over high heat and boil the broth until the liquid is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Add the peas, herbs and crème fraîche and simmer until the sauce is hot and slightly thickened, about 1 minute more.

Vinegar Braised Chicken

Season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.


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