Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weeknight Meal - Chicken, Garlic, Lemon and Artichoke Hearts

Wow, it has been a long time since my last post...almost a year.  2016 is the year to make more of an effort sharing my yummy finds...

This fall, Smiths had a great deal on chicken thighs and drumsticks ($.69/lb.) so of course I had to buy quite a few of these 4lb.+, family-sized offerings.  Who doesn't like marinated, grilled dark meat chicken, right?  Well, apparently we didn't eat as many as I thought, so we have quite a lot of frozen chicken in the freezer that needs to be eaten.  Thank God for Google and recipes on the internet.  I found a version of the following, and as usual had to adjust it to our taste...

Braised Chicken Thighs with Garlic, Lemon and Artichoke Hearts

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
10 garlic cloves
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds discarded
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (thyme, oregano), plus more for garnish
1 tsp. ground Coriander
1 small jar artichoke hearts, chopped in large pieces
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup chicken stock

1. Remove the chicken from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking to remove the chill. Preheat the oven to 350°. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
2. In a large ovenproof pan or Dutch oven large enough to hold all the thighs in a single layer, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic cloves to the pan and flip the thighs over. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and has gotten a little brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the chicken and garlic from the pan and set aside.
3. While the pan is still hot, add the onions, lemon slices, coriander and herbs, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onions have wilted and the brown bits on the bottom of the pan have loosened, 6 to 8 minutes.
4. Nestle the thighs skin-side up in the onion mixture and add the garlic and the artichoke hearts. Pour the lemon juice and chicken stock around the chicken (so you don’t disturb the crispy skin) and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake for ~40 minutes. Scatter fresh herbs over the top and serve with your choice of rice and a green salad.