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Red Sauce Spaghetti and Chicken Thigh Meatballs

Wait, chicken thigh meatballs? You’re kidding, right?  No. I’m not. This is another in my series of “chicken thighs are a great stand in for other meats” recipes.  In this case, again, they’re standing in for pork.  Or maybe veal. Or both.   Italian American Spaghetti and Meatballs is classic comfort […]

Chicken Thigh Piccata

I’m sticking with the ’70s dinner party classics right now, mostly because they’re also almost pantry classics. Easy meals that don’t require a lot in the way of ingredients, or that feature something you may have found in the back of your fridge while … foraging during Social Distancing? Chicken […]

Chicken Thigh Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is one of those dishes you have probably had 100 times and have never actually heard its name. Or you’ve heard it’s name and it gives you dining hall related flashbacks. That is not this recipe. A simple Italian braise of tomatoes, herbs, wine, and peppers, Cacciatore has […]

Chicken Thigh Marsala

When I was very young, my father was pastor of a large church in a small town, one that’s now almost a suburb of Columbus, but that in the late 70’s was a small place with a small college, a big grain elevator, and a handful of factories. My parent’s […]

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Grapes and Almonds

This simple preparation is a great dinner party dish because it is fast, it serves a crowd, and weirdly, it ends up being a stunning dish. Chicken thighs are roasted with garlic, thyme, shallots, red grapes, and whole almonds. The grapes collapse and burst to form a sweet and sour […]

Chicken with Onions, Olives, and Vinegar

I make many variations on sweet and sour chicken thighs. The cut holds up well to the flavors, and the naturally high collagen content of the meat helps to bring the high acid and sweet ingredients together with the unctuous fats and stock to make wonderfully rich sauces. This particular […]