Chicken recipes: Easy, in the oven, or on the grill

Chicken recipes: Braised, baked, breaded, fried, or grilled, chicken is an easy-to-prepare dinner staple and easy on the budget, too.

Braised chicken with artichokes and olives

Blue Kitchen
For the braising liquid, use a mix of apple juice and chicken broth for a sly nod to autumn.

By Terry BoydBlue Kitchen
Serves 4 or more

 4 slices bacon
4 each, chicken thighs and drumsticks, bone-in, skin-on
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, divided
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil, if needed
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup apple juice
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 6-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained (do not rinse)
1 cup pitted green olives

1. Starting it in a cold pan – a large, lidded sauté pan, to be precise – cook the bacon until just crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.

2. While bacon is frying, season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and half the tarragon, pressing gently with your fingers so seasonings stick to the chicken. Dredge chicken in flour to coat (I put the flour and chicken in a plastic bag, twisted it closed and shook it, my preferred method).

3. Brown chicken in bacon fat in pan over a medium-high flame, starting skin side down for about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, turn chicken and brown the other side for about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add onion to pan (along with a drizzle of olive oil, if the pan looks dry) and cook, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until onion becomes translucent and slightly softened, 3 minutes or so. Make a hole in the middle of the pan and add garlic and the remaining tarragon. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 45 seconds.

4. Add broth, apple juice and lemon juice and zest to pan. Scrape up any browned bits and return chicken to pan, along with any accumulated juices. Crumble bacon around chicken pieces (and go ahead and eat a bite or two of the bacon – who’s going to know?). Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pan and cook for about 10 minutes

5. Gently nestle drained artichoke hearts around the chicken, cover pan and cook for another 5 minutes. Scatter olives around the chicken, cover pan and cook for yet another 5 minutes. Chicken should be cooked through by now, but check with a quick-read thermometer that it is at least 165 degrees F. inside the thickest part. If you don’t have a thermometer, pierce one of the thighs with a sharp knife – if the juices run clear, you’re good.

6. Plate and serve, making sure everyone gets some olives, artichoke heart and bacon.

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