Cider Braised Chicken over Smoked Cheddar Grits

Recipe by dicentra

2007 National Chicken Cooking Contest Finalist Candace McMenamin, Lexington, SC

Top Review by CarolAT

What can be better than chicken and grits? This is a great combination of two of my favorite things. I really liked the creamy cheesy grits with the tender chicken thighs. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large skillet over medium high heat, place 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. Add chicken and cook about 3 minutes per side, until browned. Remove to 9x12-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together apple cider, thyme, garlic salt and honey; pour over chicken.
  4. Place in 350°F oven and bake about 45 minutes or until fork tender. In large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat.
  5. Add onions and saute about 3 minutes or until transparent.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue cooking about 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  7. In medium saucepan, place water and bring to rapid boil.
  8. Stir in grits, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  9. Reduce heat to low; stir in butter and cheese and continue stirring until melted. Cover and remove from heat.
  10. To serve, place equal amounts of grits in 4 shallow bowls. Top with onion mixture and 2 chicken thighs. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Makes 4 servings.

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