Smoky Chicken and Cider

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 45 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
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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.

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  • on March 05, 2014

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    Very flavorful and didn't take anywhere near the 2 hours listed on the recipe, even though the chicken needed more than 15 minutes to cook through. Make a LOT of sauce/gravy which could be saved and used for another meal.

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  • on November 08, 2011

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    amazing, delicious, easy to prepare. My husband doesn't really care for chicken and he mopped the plate clean. Definitely will become part of my recipe collection. I can't wait to share it with company!

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  • on November 02, 2011

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    I made a double batch. I have hungry kids!! It was delicious and easy to make. I used used thighs and legs.

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