Bay Leaf-Braised Chicken With Chickpeas

Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Food & Wine. 1998 "With chicken, the preparation dictates the wine choice. Here, the bay leaves and roasted peppers call for a fruity, herbaceous white. Try a California Sauvignon Blanc"

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until almost smoking. Add the bay leaves.
  2. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until well-browned, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan; leave the bay leaves in the pan.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  6. Return the chicken to the skillet. Add the chickpeas and 3/4 cup of the chicken stock.
  7. Cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is tender, 17 to 20 minutes.
  8. Discard the bay leaves and transfer the chicken to a platter. Stir the pepper strips and parsley into the chickpeas and season with salt and pepper; add a little chicken stock to the chickpeas if they seem dry.
  9. Spoon the chickpea mixture over the chicken and serve.