I came up with this dish to celebrate the 2016 Academy Awards® Best Picture nominated film, Bridge of Spies as Braise of Thighs!
I focused on "bridging" the plot of the movie to it's name in creating this dish. Using a German doppelbock beer was the ideal solution.
INGREDIENTS: The Rub: • 1 tsp black pepper • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary The Braise: • 2.5 lbs chicken thighs skinless • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2-1/2 cups german doppelbock or other dark beer • 1 small onion, chopped • 1/4 cup honey
DIRECTIONS: 1) Mix spices together. Toss chicken in the spices until it's well coated. 2) Add olive oil to large skillet and on medium high heat, brown chicken on all sides. Set aside. 3) Deglaze the pan by adding 1 cup beer to the pan and, using a wooden spoon and raising the heat to high, scrape the bottom of the pan to get up any brown bits. Add chopped onions to the skillet and sauté until they are softened. 4) Bring the heat down low and add the chicken back into the pan and pour 1 cup beer over it. Cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken over and continue to simmer covered for another 20 minutes. 5) Transfer the chicken to a dish. On high heat, bring the remaining liquid to a boil, adding about 1/2 cup more beer and the honey. Remove from heat when it reaches a syrupy consistency and pour over the chicken.
My usual chicken go-to is chicken breasts but chicken thighs are the "in" cut and very flavorful. The combination of the spices with the beer and honey glaze makes this quite an intoxicating dish!
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