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Chicken Thighs in Mole

Mole Poblano is one of the great sauces of the world: a complex, warming, rich mixture of spices, fruit, chilis, and chocolate from Puebla in Central Mexico. It’s one of those sauces that is somehow more than the sum of its parts. This is remarkable in that most good moles […]

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 Tortilla Soup

I don’t know when I first encountered this soup. My father grew up in southern Arizona, so my family was constantly on the lookout for good Mexican food in our area. More than a few places we frequented over the years served small, hot bowls of caldo de pollo, heady […]

Kung Pao Chicken with Spring Asparagus

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that chicken thigh can stand in for pork. It’s hearty, and rich. Chicken thighs’ deep flavor truly lends itself to preparations like the classic Kung Pao – even though that dish is often made with diced chicken breast. This recipe is relatively quick and is […]

Chicken Meatballs in Green Coconut Curry

Everyone likes meatballs, right? They can be appetizers, garnish, part of a or main course. They can be sweet, spicy, redolent with herbs and cheese, or simmered in complex sauces with exotic spices. Chicken thighs make for a surprisingly great meatball. The texture and flavor similarities between the thigh and […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

To quote some internet wag with a quicker wit than mine: This week has been one hell of a year. Grocery stores have bare shelves, the news is frightening, and the whole world is basically holding its breath. In uncertain times, I want something comforting and familiar. Something warm, satisfying, […]

Chicken Thigh Tagine with Lemons and Olives

A tagine is both a cooking vessel and the dish that is prepared in it. The traditional Moroccan cooking vessel is a conical ceramic pot, designed to facilitate slow, low, moist cooking. Chicken thighs are the perfect protein for cooking in this method. They almost melt in the pot while […]

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 […]

Chicken Tinga Tacos

When I was kid, we ate Mexican food every Friday night. That was sort of unusual for a midwestern family in the 70s and 80’s.  But my dad grew up in southern Arizona, and after they were married, my mom learned to cook the dishes he remembered from home. Mom […]

Chicken Green Chili

There are many recipes for White Chili or Chicken Chili out there, most of which taste like chicken soup with a little green pepper thrown in. However, the nature of chicken thighs, with the deep flavor of the meat, and the additional fat and collagen, allows you to use them […]