Cider Chicken

Cider Chicken Recipe

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1 oz
bacon, cut into 1/2" and diced
1 Tbsp
peanut oil
3 lb
chicken, skin and fat removed, cut in 8 pieces
"just a pinch" of salt
"just a pinch" of pepper
4 large
onions, thinly sliced
garlic clove, finely chopped
3/4 c
apple cider, hard
1/3 c
prunes, pitted
parsley sprigs
fresh sprigs of thyme
bay leaves

How to Make Cider Chicken


  • 1Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • 2In a deep ovenproof skillet with a lid, brown bacon over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off any fat in the pan.
  • 3Add 1/2 tablespoon of the peanut oil to the pan and brown chicken over high heat, about 3 minutes per side.
  • 4Transfer the chicken to a plate, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • 5Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to the pan, reduce heat to low and add onions. Cook stirring occasionally, until the onions are very tender and golden, about 25 minutes.
  • 6Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • 7Pour in cider and brandy and bring to a boil. Add prunes, bouquet garni and the reserved bacon and chicken.
  • 8Cover and bake until the chicken is very tender and no longer pink inside, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 9Remove the bouquet garni. Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.
  • 10VARIATION: 2 3/4 cups sparkling dry apple cider may be substituted for 2 3/4 cups hard apple cider.

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About Cider Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Other Tag: Quick & Easy