Friday, December 7, 2012

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Oregano

December is truly a month of excess, at least at my house.  I give myself to eat lots of cookies, chocolate, drink champagne...wait that is every month!  But I really do go overboard in December.  I call it The Season of Eating.

Every once in a while, during The Season of Eating, I want something a little lighter in calories, but big in taste.  This dish fits the bill.  It is so delicious, savory, bright with the lemon, and satisfying that you would never know it is lighter in calories.  It was so good, even the chicken hater in our house loved it, ate it, and asked for it again!  That is a win.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Oregano
Bon Appetit, December 2012

  • 1 lemon
  • 4 large or 8 small skin-on, chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 sprigs oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Very thinly slice half of lemon; discard any seeds. Cut remaining lemon half into 2 wedges. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • Coat a large room-temperature skillet with 1 teaspoon oil. Add chicken, skin side down. Place skillet over medium heat and cook, letting skin render and brown, and pouring off excess fat to maintain a thin coating in pan, until chicken is cooked halfway through, about 10 minutes.
  • Scatter half of lemon slices over chicken and half on bottom of skillet (the slices on top of the chicken will soften; those in the skillet will caramelize). Transfer skillet to oven, leaving chicken skin side down. Roast until chicken is cooked through, skin is crisp, and lemon slices on bottom of skillet are caramelized, 16-18 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken pieces, skin side up, and caramelized lemon slices from bottom of skillet to a warm platter. (Leave softened lemon slices in the skillet.) Return skillet to medium heat. Add oregano sprigs, shallot, garlic, and red pepper flakes; cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Add wine; cook over medium heat until reduced by half, 1-2 minutes. Add broth; cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Squeeze 1 lemon wedge over and season sauce with salt, pepper, and juice from remaining lemon wedge, if desired. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Return chicken to skillet, skin side up, to rewarm. Serve topped with caramelized lemon slices.

December 7, 2012    Daylight 4 hours, 10 minutes, 29 seconds    Temp. H-17/L -33 ºF

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