This Skillet Chicken with Corn and Miso Butter is a winner on so many levels: It’s simple to prepare, boldly flavored, and cooked entirely on the stovetop in one skillet. I’ve been making it since the first sweet corn arrived at my local farm stands, but I’m already dreaming of ways to riff on it all year long: green beans, shaved Brussels sprouts, shredded kale, sliced carrots, and cubed sweet potatoes this fall and winter; asparagus, sugar snaps peas, and radishes this spring.
Note: Cook the chicken slowly over moderate heat so it evenly caramelizes. Your patience will be rewarded with deeply bronzed, sticky, salty-sweet chicken and a gorgeous fond on the bottom of your skillet, which will make the corn (or any vegetable you're using!) all kinds of crazy good. —EmilyC
white miso, separated
olive oil, separated
kosher salt, to taste
1 1/2 pounds
boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
finely chopped Vidalia onion (from 1 small onion)
3 to 3 1/2 cups
corn (from 5 to 6 ears)
fresh thyme, chopped
lime wedges, for serving
A big handful of chopped chives or cilantro, for serving
In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon miso (level, not heaping), 2 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, and honey until smooth.
Place chicken on a large plate or dish and dry well to promote even browning. Lightly season both sides with kosher salt (keeping in mind that the miso will add saltiness). Spoon the miso rub over the chicken, and using your hands, rub it evenly over both sides of the chicken.
In a 12-inch cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook until nicely browned on the first side, about 10 minutes. (Take your time: you want the miso chicken and fond in the skillet to nicely caramelize, not burn; lower heat if needed.) Flip; continue cooking until browned and cooked through (an internal temperature of 165 degrees F), about 8 to 10 minutes longer. Transfer the thighs to a plate and set aside. Pour off any excess fat, leaving a tablespoon or two in the skillet.
Add onions to the skillet, scraping up the fond with a wooden spoon as they start to cook. (Add a tablespoon of water, if needed, to help deglaze the pan.) Cook the onions until tender, about 5 minutes. They’ll be a rich brown from the fond.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine butter and remaining tablespoon of miso. Stir and smash together until well integrated.
Add the corn and thyme to the skillet with the onions; saute until the corn is crisp-tender, stirring several times, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add miso butter, stirring to evenly coat the corn in it as it melts. Cook for another minute, then remove from heat. Squeeze a little lime juice over the corn. Adjust acidity and seasoning, to taste.
Top with chives or cilantro, and serve warm with lime wedges on the side.