Beer Braised Chicken

If this recipe doesn’t sound perfect for a Sunday dinner in November than I don’t know what does. Adapted from a Food Network recipe, we tried this Sunday night and we weren’t disappointed. The potatoes took a lot longer to cook for me than the original recipe said they would, but I also think that extra braising time is needed gave the dish depth.

Beer Braised Chicken

1/4 pound slab or thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour, for dredging
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (I used Newcastle Ale, but Bass Ale would work too)
1 cup frozen pearl onions, thawed
1/2 pound small red-skinned new potatoes, halved
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/2 ts. dried thyme

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour, shaking off the excess. Add the olive oil to the drippings in the pot. Add the chicken in batches and cook over medium-high heat until golden on the bottom, 6 to 7 minutes, then flip and sear the other side, about 1 minute.

Add the beer, onions, potatoes, mustard, sugar, thyme and 1 cup water to the pot and stir, making sure the chicken is fully submerged. Bring to a boil and then simmer, partially covered, until the chicken and potatoes are cooked through, about 30-40 minutes. Stir in the bacon and serve.