Monday, January 12, 2015

Recipe: Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs

I really love chicken thighs - they're so juicy and moist - it's like you can't overcook them. I came across a bunch of very similar recipes for them so get ready for a regular occurrence here - flavorful thighs! 

I pulled out my $3 estate sale dutch oven - gotta love that! I browned the chicken thighs on both sides in butter. 

Then you take the chicken thighs out to rest while you make the sauce. They're incredibly juicy - with just a little salt & pepper on them - almost busted into them right then!. 

But no - had to make the sauce. I cooked up this deliciously bubbly garlic and brown sugar sauce - oh my goodness - so tasty! It got thicker as it cooked - so keep an eye on it for the desired thickness.  Also - just as the cooking shows say - taste! I took a quick taste and felt it needed a little more sweetness. 

So I added the chicken back in and turned it over in the sauce a couple of times to coat the chicken. Then for the sweetness - I sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar on top. 

Then it was dinner time! A couple of chicken thighs with steamed broccoli and half a sweet potato made a wonderful dinner!  This recipe was so delicious - I really loved the sweetness with the bite of garlic. 

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  • Melt remaining tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in brown sugar, honey, oregano, thyme and basil until well combined. Return chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle chicken with additional brown sugar if you want the extra sweetness. 
  • Serve chicken immediately.

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