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Sweet and Savory Chicken Thighs

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These (slightly) spicy glazed chicken thighs are super tender and deliver huge flavor with very little effort. No marinating required. Perfect for fast weeknight dinners!

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Instant Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ½ cups Apple Cider
  • ½ teaspoons Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Red Curry Paste
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt, Divided
  • ¼ teaspoons Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 4  Large Chicken Thighs, Bone-in With Skin
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 slices Fresh Pineapple, Cut To ¼ Inch Thick
  • ½  Serrano Chili Pepper, Sliced
  • 1 cup Cooked Brown Rice, For Serving

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Whisk together the soup mix, honey, apple cider, thyme, curry paste and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high. Fry the chicken thighs in the hot oil, skin side down, until the skin becomes browned and no longer sticks to the skillet, about 5 minutes.

4. Flip the chicken pieces so they are skin side up and immediately pour the reserved onion soup mixture over the chicken. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the chicken thighs are cooked through. While the chicken bakes, baste with the pan juices two or three times. Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes.

5. While the chicken is resting, heat the skillet over a burner set to medium. Add the sliced serrano chili to the skillet. When the pan juices begin to simmer, place one pineapple slice into the juices and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and simmer another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with the other pineapple slice.

6. To serve, divide the rice equally onto two plates. Place a pineapple slice on the rice on one plate, top with two chicken thighs, and using a ladle or large spoon, douse with half of the pan juices, making sure you get some serrano chilis in there. Repeat with the second plate and the remaining chicken, pineapple slice, and juices. Garnish with a few fresh grinds of black pepper.

*To make this into a meal that serves 4, simply double the recipe.

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