Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray
Episode: Stew on This
Smoky Chicken and Cider
Total:
2 hr 10 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr 10 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 8 ounces good-quality smoky bacon, sliced
  • 8 to 10 pieces bone-in chicken legs, thighs, and breast meat combined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut into wedges with the root end attached
  • 4 carrots, peeled, sliced on an angle 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 to 3 large fresh bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cloudy apple cider
  • About 1/3 cup dark amber maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound small Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, quartered, cored and sliced

Directions

Heat a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the bacon to the hot pan, brown it and then remove with a slotted spoon.

Season the chicken pieces liberally with salt and pepper, then brown in 2 batches on both sides, and remove to plate. Add the onions, carrots, thyme, and bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and sweat the vegetables 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the flour and stir 1 to 2 minutes, then add the cider, syrup, vinegar, and 1 cup stock, stirring between each addition. Slide in the potatoes, and apples, and sprinkle the bacon over the top. Nest the chicken into the pan and add more stock until the liquids reach the edge, but do not cover the chicken. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and cook the chicken through, 15 minutes or so. Cool completely, and store for a make-ahead meal.

Reheat in an oven preheated to 325 degrees F, or on the stovetop over medium heat, covered until warmed through. Once hot, serve immediately. Remove the cooked chicken to a serving platter or shallow bowls, stir to thicken and combine the sauce and vegetables, and spoon over and around the chicken.

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Apple Cider Chicken

Smoky Spanish Hunter's Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Apple Cider Brined Chicken

Cider-Brined Fried Chicken

Cider Poached Pears

Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon

Smoky and Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Justine Simmons

BLT Chicken Soup

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Chicken Pot Pie

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Dinner at Tiffani's

7:30am | 6:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

8:30am | 7:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

9:30am | 8:30c

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Emeril's Florida

2:30pm | 1:30c

Unique Sweets

3:30pm | 2:30c

Unique Sweets

4:30pm | 3:30c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Cake Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

Cake Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cake Hunters

8pm | 7c

Cake Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

Cake Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cake Hunters

10pm | 9c

Cake Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cake Hunters

12am | 11c

Cake Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

Cake Hunters

1am | 12c

Cake Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Cake Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here