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Herbed Chicken Thighs Roasted in a Paper Bag

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Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A dish to start before work -- and finish quickly when you're home.

Chicken thighs from Food52

Combo alert!

I am about to tell you about a sort-of weird technique mixed with make-it-before-work ease. 

May I begin by asking: Even though our gardens are not ready and the farmer's markets on the east coast are still heavy with kale and beets, who isn’t ready for herbs?

Herbed Chicken Thighs Roasted in a Paper Bag is full of them -- plus my good buddy, red wine vinegar (the cheaper the better, my friends). 

So you are getting your chicken ready (the recipe calls for thighs but all parts will do) before work, then letting it rest in its herb rub while you toil away for the man, which may or may not include conversations about whether or not that one gal on the other side of the room really should be wearing nude pantyhose and by the way whose turn is it to change the filtered water bottle? 

Then, get home, pour some of last night’s wine into the baking dish (and another in a glass pour toi), then cover said dish in a paper bag (no your house won’t catch on fire, unless your oven is super dirty, in which case just cover it with parchment paper) and cook as instructed while you ponder other career options. 


Now dream that other dream. 

Herbed Chicken Thighs Roasted in a Paper Bag by Kukla

Serves 8

8 large free-range chicken thighs
6 garlic cloves
3/4 cup mixed fresh herb leaves (such as thyme, sage, rosemary)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fine red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup good dry white wine for the baking dish 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

Tags: jenny, everyday cooking, weeknight cooking, chicken, easy

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Comments (9)


about 1 year ago bluet

When it says "cover said dish in a paper bag," does that mean put the dish inside the paper bag or jus lay the bag on top? If it's on top, why not just use parchment?


over 1 year ago mcs3000

Dream that other dream. Yes. ps. excellent farm bill coverage.


over 1 year ago Jestei

thanks so much!!!!!!!!


over 1 year ago Kukla

Thank you Jenny for choosing my recipe and introducing it with such great humor and originality!
I also thank Mister James Ransom for the very nice, as always, photo!


over 1 year ago Jestei

love it


over 1 year ago ATG117

Are there still supporters of nude pantyhose?


over 1 year ago Jestei

sadly in my office, yes. (DC)


over 1 year ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Kukla knows her stuff! Will try with thighs and breasts. I'm glad this technique and recipe was highlighted.


over 1 year ago Kukla

Thanks sexyLambchopx for thinking highly of my food knowledge and I hope you will like this recipe!