Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms & Bacon


Ah yes, braising when it’s 100 degrees out.  You must think I’m crazy.  Well, to be honest, I am a little crazy, but this recipe is actually from a few months back when it wasn’t so disgustingly hot out.  It just made its way off my camera a little late.

Braising is awesome.  It’s true.  It leaves meat so tender and flavorful and it really doesn’t take a lot of effort.  And it doesn’t have to just be for red meat.  Braising chicken thighs is a great alternative.  They have tons of flavor, and the combination of the bone and dark meat make them incredibly moist so they don’t dry out.  Mushrooms and bacon certainly don’t hurt, either.

I skinned this chicken because braising does not produce a crispy skin (which, obviously, is when skin is at its tastiest!).  But, I have braised chicken with skin on for more flavor, removing it before eating, and that works, too.  I used a mixture of beef and chicken broth because that’s what I had, and I tend to love beef broth with marsala, even if it is a chicken dish.  That said, use whatever broth you have around or want to use!

I served these with roasted asparagus and some mashed cannellini beans.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms & Bacon

16 thoughts on “Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms & Bacon

  1. Wow! Just made this and it has to be one of my new favorite meals. I only had boneless/skinless on hand so I cut the time down and it still stayed moist and wonderful. Thanks Elly!

  2. I made this tonight with chicken quarters in the countertop cooker. So good! But I have to say that my favorite part was the cannellini beans. I made steamed green beans to go with it. It was delicious. I have a picture if you want me to send it!

  3. omg this is my new favorite recipe!! I’m highly saddened though that I can’t eat it again for awhile as my poor breastfed baby was not her usual happy self after I ate this. Onions and garlic must not agree with her!
    Excellent though and am looking forward to the next time I can make/eat this!!

    1. So glad you liked it, Devon! I count myself pretty lucky that my breastfed baby doesn’t seem to be bothered by things I eat – especially not garlic, thankfully, or we’d have some problems! 🙂

  4. Since DH and the little one were sick on my birthday, we couldn’t go out. Figured I would make a good dinner instead and chose this recipe. It was really good and the birthday girl was satisfied! Thanks!

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