What will you get from this recipe? Supremely crisp, juicy chicken thighs and hot honey schmaltz, which serves as a warm vinaigrette for sturdy greens and a sauce for your – let’s say it again – supremely crisp, juicy chicken thighs. The flavours may remind you of fried chicken with a side of braised collards: crackly chicken cosied up next to greens that are spicy, tangy, a little sweet and fortified by animal fat. Feel free to adjust the heat level here. Just remember that green chillies pack more heat than red ones.
Frying pan hot honey chicken with hearty greens
Total time: 30 minutes
900g bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks (4 to 6)
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 small hot chilli, thinly sliced (such as jalapeño, Fresno or serrano), or to taste
1 large bunch or head of hearty greens, such as escarole, mustard greens or kale (about 170g)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, then season both sides with salt and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil into a large frying pan, then add the chicken thighs skin side down.
2. Set over medium heat and cook, without moving them, until the skin is crisp and deep golden brown, about 15 minutes. If you can’t stand leaving the chicken untouched for this long, use your tongs to press the chicken down into the pan, which promotes even browning.
3. Flip the thighs over and swirl the chile into the rendered chicken fat. Cook until the meat is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, stem and tear the hearty greens into big bite-size pieces. In a big bowl, toss them with salt and pepper.
5. Transfer the chicken to serving plates, leaving the fat in the pan. Off the heat, stir the honey and vinegar into the fat until the honey’s melted and everything’s combined. Dress the greens with enough of the sauce to lightly coat, seasoning with salt and pepper as needed (feel free to eat the chilli peppers or leave them behind). Serve the chicken with the salad, spooning more sauce over the chicken and salad as desired.
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