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Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

October 2011
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 40 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 lbs.)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 red onion, half finely chopped and half thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pilsner-style beer
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 carrots, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 1/2 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and the allspice. Coat the chicken with the flour mixture. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1 tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add the chicken skin side down and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Discard all but 1 tbsp. fat from the skillet. Add the chopped onion to the skillet and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the beer, scraping up any browned bits.
  2. Return the chicken to the skillet, lower the heat, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter; tent with foil. Boil the liquid in the skillet for 2 minutes to reduce slightly. Whisk in 2 tbsp. butter and the parsley.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the carrots, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the green beans and 3 tbsp. water, cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Divide the vegetables among 4 plates and top with the chicken and sauce.
Tip
  • AN EXTRA BUCK WILL BUY YOU...enough egg noodles to sop up the sauce.
Tip
  • Lose the Booze...Want the same rich flavor without the alcohol? Sub chicken or beef broth for the beer.