Building incredible flavor in a single skillet is one of the smart tricks pro cooks use to get food on the table fast. That said, you’ll actually need 2 skillets—a 12-inch nonstick for cooking and a 10-inch cast-iron for weight—to make this fabulous chicken-under-a-brick inspired dinner. The heavy cast-iron acts as your “brick,” which is essential to getting glorious crispy skin and helps speed up the cooking. You could also use a large brick or tile wrapped in aluminum foil for the same effect. The result is super juicy chicken, with ridiculously crisp skin, ready in a fraction of the time it would typically take to cook whole chicken thighs on the stovetop. While this chicken skillet supper is an exceptionally elegant weeknight meal, the weighted cooking method is a great technique that you can use for a wide variety of chicken dishes, like this Single-Skillet Crispy Chicken Caprese Dinner. You can serve these glorious thighs and crisp-tender veggies alongside your favorite starch to round out the pate. We particularly love this entree with simple boiled or roasted red potatoes, as they are perfect for soaking up the rich, butter white wine sauce.
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 lb.)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon, cut crosswise into 4 thick rounds
8 ounces haricots verts (French green beans)
5 small carrots (about 5 1/2 oz.), cut diagonally into 1/4-in.-thick slices (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
1 cup white wine, divided
1 cup chicken stock, divided
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Cooked potatoes, rice, or pasta
How to Make It
Wrap a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in aluminum foil, covering entire base of skillet. Set aside.
Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels, and sprinkle both sides of thighs evenly with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high. Place chicken, skin side down, and lemon slices in skillet. Place prepared cast-iron skillet, bottom side down, on chicken. Cook until skin side is golden brown and crispy, 8 to 10 minutes, checking after 8 minutes. Turn chicken breasts, and place cast-iron skillet, bottom side down, on chicken. Cook until done, about 6 minutes. Remove from skillet, reserving lemon slices and 3 tablespoons of drippings in skillet, and cover chicken to keep warm.
Add haricots verts, carrots, and shallots to nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high, stirring often, 4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup each of the wine and stock. Cover and reduce heat to medium; cook until haricots verts and carrots are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove vegetables, and cover to keep warm. Set aside lemon slices.
Squeeze juice from lemon slices into skillet; discard lemon slices. Add mustard, honey, and remaining 1/2 cup each wine and stock; stirring and scraping to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium, stirring occasionally. Cook 1 minute. Add butter, tarragon, thyme, and parsley. Cook, stirring constantly, until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
Place 2 chicken thighs on each of 4 plates. Divide vegetable mixture evenly among plates. Drizzle plates evenly with sauce. Serve with potatoes, rice, or pasta.
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