These mouthwatering crispy braised chicken thighs in Dijon sauce were adapted from Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe “Chicken in Mustard.”
I love my slow cooker, I do. But sometimes I need to do a job that requires more than just letting food cook slowly for hours on end.
Sometimes I need to sear and meld flavors, to bring a sauce to a boil stove top and then cover it to bake for a while.
Enter, the Dutch oven.
We’re fans of chicken thighs, and because they’re my son’s absolute favorite, I make easy oven fried chicken thighs with perfectly crispy skin at least twice a month.
But when I stumbled across Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe for Chicken in Mustard, I knew I had to forgo our usual nosh for something a little more special.
A recipe that would allow me to make good use of a Saturday afternoon at home.
Her recipe uses chicken thighs without the skin, but I knew that if I seared my skin-on thighs really well and got the skin SUPER crispy, it would hold up to braising without getting gummy.
Because, no one likes gummy chicken skin. (Ewww.)
The layers of flavor with the chicken and the sauce are tremendous here! I made a few substitutions based on what I had in my fridge and pantry (beyond leaving the skin on), but over all kept the integrity of her recipe.
She seemed pleased when I shared my thoughts on twitter. YES!
And her super buttered noodles? They were a fantastic compliment, although I used linguine instead of egg noodles because that’s what I had on hand.
And, I’d imagine it would be tasty served over rice or even mashed potatoes (anything that can sop up the super tasty Dijon sauce).
Here’s the recipe with my tweaks.
And, yes. I would’ve used fresh chopped tomato if I had one. Serve with mashed potatoes, steamed rice or Melissa d'Arabian's recipe for Super Buttered Noodles.
Serve with mashed potatoes, steamed rice or Melissa d'Arabian's recipe for Super Buttered Noodles.