chicken thighs in riesling

I’m often in amazement of the simple meals I manage to put together. Really, did I just make something taste freakin’ amazing out of the humble crap I found in my fridge? When I found myself with some defrosted chicken thighs, a half bottle of riesling and a bit of heavy cream, I saw a recipe that looked like it would be an ideal fit. Chicken braised in wine, accompanied by root vegetables and kissed with cream. Perfect comfort food for a chilly evening.

Now the photos don’t do this meal any justice. Fall and winter evenings with dim lighting do not make for appetizing or tantalizing shots. Instead you get those weirdly orange photos that look more at home in a thrifted cookbook from the 1970s. But that’s okay because you’ll just have to take my word that this meal was incredible. In fact, I think it’s the best single meal I’ve ever ever ever cooked in my life. High praise indeed. This meal was so good it should have been shared with friends or at least with a little candlelight and cloth napkins.

It’s humble in it’s main ingredients: chicken thighs, carrots, shallots, potatoes. But it’s the riesling and cream that make you want to shout out to the world. So go on, pat yourself on the back and dig in.

35 comments to “chicken thighs in riesling”

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    radish   October 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    wow, this looks so good!! i will have to make this soon – in fact, perhaps tomorrow, i have chicken thighs defrosting!

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    radish   October 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    wow, this looks so good!! i will have to make this soon – in fact, perhaps tomorrow, i have chicken thighs defrosting!

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    Soon, Then   October 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I knew I should have bought potatoes yesterday! This looks amazing, and I have everything else on hand. Doh!

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    Stefanie   October 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    looks phenomenal! will add it to my list of recipes from ELS to try out 🙂

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    ellenp1214   October 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    cooking with wine is my new favorite thing. it's not new to everyone else, i know, but i'm young yet!

    my chicken and veggies tonight could really have benefited from this treatment. it looks so good!

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    Anonymous   October 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    i know we just met, but…do you want to be friends? you could cook, we could enjoy meals together, i would tell you how good it tastes. seriously…from one vacouverite to another looks very yummy!

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    Bijoux   October 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Sounds great! This is a keeper for when the in-laws stop by!

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    Sharmila   October 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    oh yum…chicken in riesling! I read Nigella Lawson's recipe, a variation on coq au vin. Hers was a little bit more involved though. I love the simplicity of your version and riesling is my favourite wine. I have to try this!
    "Wish I had a bowl of that right now", she said to herself as she continued to work away late into the evening, with no dinner in sight 🙁

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    shutterbean   October 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    lately i've been into Riesling

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    shutterbean   October 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    lately i've been into Riesling

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    emvandee   October 28, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Um, yeah – the orange light? Is it avoidable? Not for me, and thus, all my photos would be right at home in "Microwave Cooking" or something from 1982. However, this looked extremely appetizing, even in the gloaming – I am mad that it's after midnight and I can't have it RIGHT NOW. Could you please move next-door?

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    Rach   October 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Man, photographing food is the worst sometimes. I can't count the number of times I've finished dinner and thought 'damnit, I didn't take any pictures!' I don't eat meat, but I do know the satisfaction of putting together something aweseome from things you've scrounged from the bottom of the vegetable drawer and the back of the freezer. I also love cooking with wine, but I so rarely have any left!

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    Joanne   October 28, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Whew, those are some hefty compliments that you have given this dish! Well if you like it so much, I'm gonna have to trust you and make it sooner rather than later!

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    Trina   October 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    i have made the original version, although with more broth and more creme fraiche. i like it saucy! The combo of leeks and wine and creme fraiche are TO DIE FOR! If you haven't tried it that way I highly recommend it. I'm totally intrigued by the spices and pepper additions you have here.

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    foodmathquilts   October 28, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Looks tasty … and I have frozen chicken (breasts) that I've been meaning to use.

    Thanks to a late morning start today, I may just toss it all in the slow cooker and pick up some cream on the way home.
    Thanks for sharing

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    Jennifer   October 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    This is a perfect Sunday meal—a one-pot dish of comfort food that I’ll return to pick at all day long. Yum!

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    Kali   October 28, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I love it when those dishes happen. You make something that you figure is going to be humble and then it just blows your mind! I definitely think this recipe is one of those!

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    hag   October 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    That looks and sounds great…and I trust you when you say it is the best ever! I am going to try it my little le crueset pot. BTW I love those cheezy 70's food photography!

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    kristi   October 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

    i so want to make this. thanks for sharing!

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    Aimée   October 28, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    You've sold me on this one!! Making a list of ingredients & looking forward to drinking the rest of the reisling….

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    Anonymous   October 28, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Food looks yummy.

    If your camera has white balance, turn it to the tungsten (inside house light unless it's fluorescent in which case hit the fluorescent button) setting. The orange will go away.

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    Dawna   October 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    The chicken thigh is an under-rated bit of delicious. This looks lovely.

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    kristi   October 29, 2009 at 6:31 am

    just have to post another comment and say i'm making this tonight for company. thanks so much again!

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    kickpleat   November 2, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Radish, it is good! I hope you made it and if so, tell me how it went!

    Doh, Soon!

    Thanks Stefanie & ellenp1214 🙂

    Anon, sounds like the start of something beautiful 😉

    Bijoux, this is def in-law friendly.

    Sharmila, ah the danger of food blogs!

    Shutterbean, it can be good!

    Rach, I seem to have half empty bottles lately. Not sure what that means!

    Trina, saucy is good, however, I was just using what I had on hand without making a trip to the store. Too much sauce could have been too dangerous 😉

    thanks for liking the gloaming, emvandee!

    Joanne, all true. Make it stat.

    Foodmath, sounds like the beginnings of a wonderful meal.

    Thanks Kali 🙂

    Jennifer, it is perfect. And there will be lots of picking. Yum.

    Thanks Kristi!

    haha, thanks Hag!

    Aimee, I'm glad. Drinking while cooking is always encouraged.

    Dawna, I love chicken thighs. So tender and easy to work with.

    Thanks for the photo tip, anon.

    Kristi, I hope your company loves it! Fill me in!

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    cookinginjapan   November 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I love simple recipes. This recipe reminds me of winter. Must get chicken.

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    kickpleat   November 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Enjoy, cookinginjapan!

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    Rosiecat   November 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Am I crazy for wanting to make a vegetarian version of this dish? I'm thinking of replacing the chicken thighs with a few cups of white beans. Crazy? Delicious? I know I'll miss the lovely texture of meat, but the flavors…still lovely? Other ideas?

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    kickpleat   November 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Rosiecat, I love your idea! Try it out and let me know how it turns out. I'm sure it will be tasty.

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    Julia of Randomly Yours, Julia   March 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Hi! I have just found your blog again after I lost all my links in my own upgrade. Love the new look, and the search feature!
    This dish is, as you say, not photogenic – but very delish. I made it on the weekend. Yum, says my husband and I!
    I have taken the liberty of adding this recipe to my own blog, but have tried to re-word it where I could, as you’ve requested. Thanks!

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    Amie   October 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I have added this to my favorites! I jotted it down incorrectly the first time I made it and added the wine at the end with the cream. It’s a little more soupy but I have made it again with the “mistake” it was so delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    jacob spence   January 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

    We made this last night…incredible. Just as you stated – terrific comfort food on a cold night. Thanks again!

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    Margaret   January 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    This is a win. (An especially satisfying one, after two fails out of the new Essential NY Times Cookbook.)

    We are hungry enough to finish this but love it enough to want it for lunch tomorrow.

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    Lisa Marie   August 10, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Is there a slow cooker version of this? I always over/undercook things in my slow cooker. So if anyone has the appropriate instructions to make this meal in one- i’d LOVE it.

    This meal looks like my husbands dream come true in a pot.

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    kickpleat   August 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Hi Lisa Marie, sorry I don’t have a slow cooker so I can’t help out here! Good luck.

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