Quick and Easy

Herbed Chicken Thighs Roasted in a Paper Bag

March 10, 2014

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

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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

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Written by: Jestei

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bluet April 4, 2014
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?
mcs3000 March 10, 2014
Dream that other dream. Yes. ps. excellent farm bill coverage.
Jestei March 11, 2014
thanks so much!!!!!!!!
Kukla March 10, 2014
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!
Jestei March 11, 2014
love it
ATG117 March 10, 2014
Are there still supporters of nude pantyhose?
Jestei March 11, 2014
sadly in my office, yes. (DC)
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 10, 2014
Kukla knows her stuff! Will try with thighs and breasts. I'm glad this technique and recipe was highlighted.
Kukla March 10, 2014
Thanks sexyLambchopx for thinking highly of my food knowledge and I hope you will like this recipe!