Death Row Chicken, a meal worthy of being your last, but you will want it again and again!
adapted from: RecipeAddicts
8-10 chicken thighs, with skin on and bone in
butter, rendered lard- for browning
1 pound of mushrooms, sliced
3 - 4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T butter (or more, it will depend on the mushrooms)
1/4 c Balsamic vinegar
2 C rich chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
*dry white wine if needed
2 large hands full of baby spinach leaves
Serve with suggestions: rice, pasta or mashed potatoes
Brown your chicken thighs in the butter or rendered lard (bacon fat would also be good here). A deep rich dark brown is what you want to achieve on the skin, turn over and brown the other side. When all chicken is browned, remove it to a large flat baking pan, 9X13 or 12X15 as needed for the chicken to fit without over crowding. There should be a small amount of room around each piece of chicken, so the stock and mushrooms surround the meat.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Drain excess fat from the pan, do not discard the portion that has the sought after brown bits of flavor. To the pan, add 2 T butter, the minced garlic and the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms to a golden brown, scraping the golden bits from the bottom of the pan. When the mushrooms release their juices, this will help deglaze the pan. Add the chicken stock, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
Carefully pour pan sauce over chicken, then make sure all the mushroom slices are down in the stock mixture. Important: the stock mixture should not cover the chicken, the goal is to have the skin continue to bake in the oven and remain crispy. Bake 45 minutes.
Carefully remove chicken from the stock, place on a large serving platter. Return to the oven to keep warm if desire.
Pour pan juices back into the skillet used to brown the chicken, and reduce stock by about half. The pan gravy will have coat the back of a spoon. *I let my pan reduce too long and added back a bit of white wine for the proper consistency. Add the spinach and simmer briefly until tender.
Recipe rating: Oh Yes! (will make again)
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key words: chicken, spinach, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar