I appreciate all the comments and thoughts on my first paleo post. Lots of different view points on this topic, and I’m always excited to hear and learn from others. Part two will be about my own paleo journey and experiences.
But today is all about food. Well, isn’t it always? I mentioned a few posts back that I’ve grown a passion for drinking Hard Ciders. Such a passion that I decided to throw it into my food too. I tweaked this chicken recipe for the second time and was really pleased with round 2.
This dish incorporates everything that’s great in the world. Chicken thighs are tastier, more filling, cheaper, and more bad ass than any other kind of chicken. The hard cider is just sweet enough and thickens into a wonderful sauce. Bacon is bacon. And an entire caramelized onion could pass as dessert to me.
Hard Cider Baked Chicken Thighs with Bacon
The hard cider thickens up into a wonderfully sweet sauce and complements the salty bacon perfectly. Serves 2-4 depending on size of thighs. Gluten and dairy free.
- 2 strips of bacon
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 cup hard cider (or apple cider)
- 1 medium onion
- 1-2 Tbsp grainy or dijon mustard
- salt, pepper, tarragon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
In a skillet over medium heat add bacon strips and whole chopped onion. Remove bacon when it is crispy and set aside.
Continue to cook onion until nearly caremlized (7-10 minutes). Add salt, pepper, and tarragon to the chicken thighs and place in skillet with onion, skin side down. Allow them to brown but do not cook entirely through. Remove from pan. Spread grainy mustard on the skin of the chicken.
Pour in 1 cup of hard cider with onion and allow to cook down for 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Add back in the chicken thighs with skin and mustard facing up and place in the oven (if skillet is oven proof, otherwise transfer everything to a baking dish).
Cook for 25-30 minutes and finish under the broiler for 5-10 minutes until skin is crispy.
Remove and crumble strips of bacon on top and garnish with fresh herbs.
What cut of chicken do you typically buy? I bounced between chicken breasts and tenders for a while but have been loving thighs lately!