Braised Chicken with Cilantro, Mint and Chiles

Braised Chicken with Cilantro, Mint and Chiles Recipe
Photo: Michael Turek
One of Grace Parisi's favorite tricks for cooking chicken drumsticks: Slice the meat to the bone before braising to help them cook more quickly. Skinless, boneless thighs also work well in this vibrant, herb-packed stew.


Total time: 45 Minutes

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Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Active: 15 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


4 chicken drumsticks
4 boneless chicken thighs, skinless
1 tablespoon ground coriander
Freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup (packed) cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
1/2 cup (packed) mint leaves
1 (small) onion, quartered
2 poblano chiles, stemmed and seeded
1 jalapeño, stemmed and seeded
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half
Sliced pickled jalapeños, cooked rice and warm naan, for serving


Make 3 slashes to the bone in each drumstick. Rub the chicken all over with the coriander and season with salt and white pepper.

In a large Dutch oven or enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine the 1 cup of cilantro with the mint, onion, poblanos and jalapeño and blend until finely chopped. Add the cream and 1/2 cup of water and puree until smooth.

Pour the green sauce over the chicken and bring to a boil. Cover partially and simmer over moderately low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle the chicken with cilantro and serve with jalapeños, rice and naan.

Grace Parisi,

Food & Wine

November 2012
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