Southwest Chicken Thighs

Francine Lizotte


Tender, juicy and flavorful, it’s a great weeknight dinner! This one-pot meal can be served as is or over rice.


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4 chicken thighs
10 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


  • 4 large
    bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    mild paprika, or as needed
  • 1 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt, or as needed
  • 1 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    oliclarified butterve oil
  • 3/4 c
    red onions, finely chopped
  • 3/4 c
    celery, finely chopped
  • 3/4 c
    red peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 large
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 c
    dry white wine
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    chipotle in adobo, puréed
  • 1/4 c
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    lemon zest
  • 1 can(s)
    (12 oz./341 ml.) corn kernels, drained
  • 2/3 c
    35% heavy cream

How to Make Southwest Chicken Thighs


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Season chicken generously with paprika, salt and pepper; set aside. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and clarified butter. Place thighs skin side down and cook until brown, about 4 to 5 minutes per side; remove and place them on a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and holding paper towels with tongs, remove most of the fat in the skillet, leaving about 1 ½ tbsp. Add red onion and celery; sauté for 3 minutes. Add red pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add wine to deglaze and remove any brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Cook it down for about 1 minute.
  4. Add rosemary, chipotle purée, lemon juice and chicken broth; stir well and bring to a boil. When it starts, add lemon zest and continue stirring for another 2 minutes before adding corn kernels. Place chicken thighs skin side up back to the skillet, cover and transfer in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF; baste every 15 minutes.
  5. When cooking time is up, remove from the oven and transfer chicken thighs onto a plate, covering loosely with foil to keep them warm. Turn the burner to medium heat and pour in heavy cream. Stir well and cook until sauce thickens about 5 to 7 minutes. Spoon sauce over the chicken thighs and serve immediately.
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