Cook up a decadent yet comforting and cozy meal with this braised chicken recipe. Pan-seared then left to simmer, the meat is tender and juicy with a slightly crispy edge. Each bite is filled with a rich mixture of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors, enhanced by soft and creamy potatoes.
Even better, this braised chicken only takes less than an hour to make, with the ingredients coming straight from your pantry. Whether it’s a lavish feast or a weeknight dinner, you won’t have any trouble putting this dish on the table.
What Is Braising?
Braising is a cooking method that involves searing meat then letting it simmer slowly in a liquid like wine, broth, or sauce along with various seasonings and sometimes vegetables. The pot is often covered with foil or a lid, trapping the steam and allowing moisture to surround the food.
Since the meat is slow-cooked with the heat trapped, it usually turns out very tender and juicy. Meanwhile, the seasonings and liquids have time to thoroughly seep into the meat, creating exquisite flavor depths accompanied by a comforting warmth. As the meat is seared beforehand, there’s also a slight caramelized sweetness peeking through.
Ingredients You'll Need
As lavish as this dish looks, you’ll be surprised to know almost everything it requires are pantry staples. Take a look to see what you’ll need:
Chicken: Since this recipe requires slow cooking, we went with bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. This meat cut is dark meat, which holds up well when being cooked for a long time thanks to its added fat content.
Vegetable & Fruit: In braised dishes, the meat is often simmered alongside a couple of vegetables and even fruits to diversify the flavors and round out the meal. We went with baby potatoes to make the dish more filling and some lemon slices to brighten the overall taste with a citrus zing.
Aromatics: Garlic and shallots were used to infuse the meat with peppery and earthy aromas to subtly kick the flavors up a notch.
Seasonings: We seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder, giving it a mixture of slightly spicy, smoky, and savory flavors.
Chicken Broth: The liquid we chose to braise the chicken in is chicken broth, which deepens the dish’s overall chicken taste and gives it that comforting homemade warmth.
Is This Dish Healthy?
It certainly is.
With chicken as the main ingredient, this dish is a great source of lean protein. Chicken also provides various other essential nutrients like vitamins B12, B6, and B9, iron, choline, zinc, etc. Adding some dietary fiber to the dish, we also included a hefty side of potatoes.
Furthermore, we also made sure to keep important dietary components within acceptable limits. Following standards set by our nutrition guidelines, each serving contains approximately:
8.1 g saturated fat
574 g sodium
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
This braised chicken dish can last for around 2 or 3 days when kept in airtight containers in the fridge. To reheat, simply put it in the microwave or give it a quick stir on the stovetop.
What to Serve With
This braised chicken dish is already quite filling on its own, so you won’t need anything too complicated to go with it. Some bread, rice, or pasta will work just fine. If you’re in the mood for some greens, we recommend the following salads:
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Cook up a lavish yet comforting and cozy meal with this braised chicken recipe. Pan-seared then left to simmer, the meat is tender and juicy with a slightly crispy edge. Each bite is filled with a rich mixture of savory, sweet, and spicy flavors, enhanced by soft and creamy potatoes.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Tender and flavorful braised chicken recipe is a must-try for a cozy night in.