Apple Cider Braised Chicken

October 15, 2015
11 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

Chicken, slow cooked in fresh apple cider, rosemary, and garlic fills your house with all the flavors of fall. —Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Test Kitchen Notes

Make this recipe if you want to make your kitchen to smell as warm and homey as Thanksgiving dinner. Overall, the chicken was tender and sweet from the cider, and the onions cooked down well in the sauce. I would have put the garlic in the pan later than recommended to prevent burning. Giving the dish some time to rest will help give the sauce time to thicken. —Lindsay

  • Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken legs and/or thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion (I used 3 smallish cippolini onions)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
In This Recipe
  1. In a large, high-sided pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken pieces evenly with the salt and pepper, then add to the pan, skin side down.
  2. Cook chicken until skin is golden, about 5-7 minutes. Flip chicken pieces, and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Remove chicken pieces from the pan, and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring often, until the onion is soft and fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the flour and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and stir quickly, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. After about 30 seconds, add the chicken stock and apple cider.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Add the chicken pieces back to the pan, as well as the rosemary sprigs (it’s a good idea to tie them together with kitchen twine so they’re easier to fish out at the end). Cover pan, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove cover from pan, flip chicken pieces, and continue to simmer, uncovered, until chicken is very tender, about 30 minutes more. Serve immediately atop mashed potatoes.

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