Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Looking for a mouthwatering and impressive chicken dish? These Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs are sure to become a favorite! With tender, flavorful meat and a perfectly crispy skin, this dish is perfect for family dinners or entertaining guests.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful and Juicy: The braising process ensures the chicken is tender and packed with flavor.
  • Crispy Skin: A quick broil at the end gives the chicken a deliciously crispy skin.
  • Versatile: Pair with various side dishes for a complete meal.

Ingredients Overview

Main Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs: 3 lbs, skin-on and bone-in (approximately 8 thighs)
  • Yellow Onion: 1 cup, chopped
  • Fennel Bulb: 1 cup, sliced (1/4″ thick)
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced (1 tbsp)
  • Dry White Wine: 1/4 cup
  • Greek Olives: 1/2 cup (pitted Lecino or other quality green or brown olives)
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon Peel: 4 strips (removed with vegetable peeler)
  • Bay Leaf: 1
  • Fresh Thyme: 10 sprigs
  • Chicken Stock: 1 cup
  • Kosher Salt: To taste
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  • Quinoa Cakes

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparing the Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat Oven: Warm the oven up to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Season Chicken: Season the chicken thighs all over with salt (approximately 1/2 tsp per pound if you need a guide).
  3. Sear Chicken: Heat a 5-quart ovenproof braiser pan over medium-high heat. Put the chicken thighs in the pan with the skin side down. After 8 to 10 minutes, the skin should be very golden. Turn it over and cook it for another minute.  Remove the chicken, leaving the fat and brown bits in the pan.

Sautéing the Vegetables

  1. Saute Onions and Fennel: Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onion and fennel. Sauté for 10 minutes until softened.
  2. Add Garlic: Add the garlic and sauté for another minute until fragrant.

Braising the Chicken

  1. Add Wine: Increase heat to medium-high, add the white wine, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Combine Ingredients: Add the olives, crushed red pepper, lemon peel, bay leaf, thyme, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  3. Return Chicken: Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up, and place in the oven. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through (175 degrees F).
  4. Crisp the Skin: Turn the broiler to high. Broil the chicken for 2-4 minutes to brown and crisp the skin, watching carefully to prevent burning. Leave the pan on the middle rack for even browning.

Tips for Perfect Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs

  • Uniform Size: Choose chicken thighs of similar size for even cooking.
  • Watch the Broiler: Keep a close eye when broiling to avoid burning the skin.

Health Benefits of Braised Chicken Thighs

  • High in Protein: Chicken thighs are an excellent source of protein.
  • Rich in Vitamins: Contains essential vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and herbs.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Rice Pilaf: The grains soak up the delicious braising liquid.
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes: Adds a satisfying crunch.
  • Quinoa Cakes: A healthy and flavorful side.

Variations and Add-Ins

  • Add Veggies: Incorporate carrots or celery for more vegetables.
  • Spice It Up: Add more red pepper flakes for extra heat.

Storing and Reheating

  • Refrigerate: Put leftovers in a container that won’t let air in and put it in the fridge for up to three days.
  • Reheat: It can be heated up again in a 350°F oven until it’s all gone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?

Yes, but adjust cooking times as chicken breasts cook faster than thighs.

What Can I Use Instead of White Wine?

You can substitute chicken broth or a splash of apple cider vinegar.

Let me know if I can use a slow cooker.

Yes, but the skin won’t be as crispy. Sear the chicken first, then cook in the slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.

How Long Will Leftovers Keep?

You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.

What Other Vegetables Can I Add?

Try adding carrots, celery, or potatoes for additional flavor and texture.


These Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs are a delightful dish that combines tender, flavorful meat with a satisfyingly crispy skin. This recipe is great for any event and will become a regular in your kitchen.  Enjoy it with your favorite side dishes and savor the deliciousness!

Happy cooking!

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