The Verde Sauce on These Chicken Thighs Takes Them to the Next Level

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Seared and Braised Chicken Thighs With Zucchini & Salsa Verde Recipe

Chicken thighs are covered successful a ace flavorful salsa verde. Serve them pinch your favourite atom connected nan side.


Prep20 minutes

Cook1 hour

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Seared and Braised chickenhearted thighs successful Dutch oven.

Credit: Laura Murray

Seared and braised is nan champion measurement to navigator chickenhearted thighs. The first nonstop power from nan sear develops browning and renders nan fat from nan skin, truthful there’s nary flabby chickenhearted here. Then nan thighs are mildly braised successful a agleam tomatillo salsa while floating connected a zucchini raft, truthful each that connective insubstantial tin break down for tender and juicy meat. As always, if you’ve sewage nan time, play nan chickenhearted pinch brackish successful beforehand and fto it dry-brine, uncovered, successful nan fridge, resting connected a ligament rack for astatine slightest 12 and up to 24 hours for moreover amended rendering, browning, and breaking down of those connective tissues. 

Chicken thighs are covered successful a ace flavorful salsa verde. Serve them pinch your favourite atom connected nan side.


  • 1 pound

    tomatillos (about 8 medium), husked and astir chopped

  • 2

    garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 1

    medium jalapeño, astir chopped (seeds removed if you like)

  • 2

    medium zucchini

  • 2 tablespoons

    neutral oil

  • 4

    bone-in, skin-on chickenhearted thighs (about 30 ounces)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    medium yellowish onion, thinly sliced

  • 3

    medium poblano peppers, seeded and trim lengthwise into slices

To Serve:

  • Cilantro

  • Sour cream

  • Warm tortillas

  • Lime wedges

  1. In a blender, harvester nan tomatillos, garlic, and jalapeño and blitz into a soft purée. (You should not request to adhd water, nan tomatillos person plentifulness of moisture. Just support blending, and it will get there.)

  2. Cut nan zucchini crosswise into 2-inch sections. Cut each conception lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick planks. Stack nan planks and trim lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick sticks (you want them to look for illustration zucchini fries).

  3. Position a rack successful nan little 3rd of nan oven and power to 325°F.

  4. In a ample Dutch oven (or heavy-bottomed ovenproof pot), power nan lipid complete mean power until it shimmers, astir 2 minutes. Season nan chickenhearted thighs pinch brackish and sear, skin-side down, until aureate brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip nan chickenhearted and sear connected nan different broadside until browned, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Transfer nan chickenhearted to a sheet and group aside. (If there’s excess fat successful nan pot, scoop retired and discard each but astir 2 tablespoons.)

  5. Add nan sliced bulb and poblanos to nan cookware and cook, scraping up immoderate browned bits from nan chicken, until translucent and tender, astir 10 minutes.

  6. Increase nan power to high, adhd nan tomatillo purée and zucchini, and bring to a simmer. Taste and play pinch salt. Return nan chickenhearted to nan cookware on pinch immoderate accumulated juices, resting it skin-side up connected apical of nan zucchini truthful that nan tegument remains supra nan aboveground of nan liquid.

  7. Transfer nan cookware to nan oven and bake, uncovered, until nan chickenhearted is cooked done and nan zucchini is tender, 30 to 35 minutes.

  8. Serve correct distant pinch cilantro, sour cream, lukewarm tortillas, and lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

Credit line: From Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook © 2023 by Sohla El-Waylly. Excerpted by support of Alfred A. Knopf, a section of Penguin Random House LLC. All authorities reserved. No portion of this excerpt whitethorn beryllium reproduced aliases reprinted without support successful penning from nan publisher.