Maple and Rosemary Braised Chicken Thighs and a WUSTHOF giveaway!

Chicken thighs are not used often enough in recipes. I find more uses for boneless skinless chicken breasts than I do any other portion of the chicken. Which is a shame considering all the flavor is within the dark meat of the bird! 
Not only does it taste better, dark meat is generally much cheaper to purchase per pound so we use it a lot in our weekly meal planning. 
In this particular recipes, I braised the chicken thighs with bacon, onions, rosemary, and garlic in a bottle of craft cider, as well as grade B syrup. These are great served with a roasted root vegetable and some brown rice. 

Maple and Rosemary Braised Chicken Thighs

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tbs olive oil
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 12 oz bottle of your favorite sweet craft cider
1/3 cup grade B maple syrup 
1 tbs fresh rosemary, roughly diced
1 tbs cornstarch 
1/2 cup diced roasted pecans (optional) 
Salt and Pepper
Additional rosemary sprigs for garnish

Heat olive in a large fry pan over medium high heat, and salt and pepper both sides of the chicken thighs. 
Place thighs in pan and fry until each side is browned (don't worry about cooking through yet).  Should take about 3 minutes per side.

Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate, set aside. 
Add chopped bacon, onions, garlic and rosemary to pan and sauté over medium high heat until onions are translucent and the bacon is crisp. About 6 minutes. 
Sprinkle onion bacon mixture with cornstarch and quickly stir evenly coating them. Once they become slightly pasty, slowly pour in cider continuously mixing. 
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Once it starts to thicken, place thighs back in the pan, drizzle with maple syrup. 
Cover pan and reduce heat to medium/low. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the thighs are tender. 
Sprinkle with roasted pecans and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs. (Optional)
Serve over rice. 
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  1. We're a dark meat family so I sometimes find myself buying more thigh meat. love this braised chicken. . can't go wrong with bacon, rosemary and maple syrup. Looks so good!

  2. I really need new knives. This is an awesome giveaway!

  3. I love baking so I'm always just happy to be in my kitchen.

  4. I'm excited to make all the cookies that I give to friends and family :)

  5. I'm excited to make tamales and paella! I will be trying this recipe next week. Sounds delicious.

    1. YUM! I've never made my own tamales, I always order them though when we get Mexican.

  6. We have a family holiday tradition. Everyone gets together for a tamale making party.

  7. This looks amazing, I love that you used chicken thighs!

  8. I'm excited to make FUDGE - I found a bunch of new recipes that seem really promising, whoo hoo! :) Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

    Jenn Foreacre aka kissmykitty

  9. I'n so excited to make a ham dinner for Christmas Eve. Looking forward to all the yumminess

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  11. This looks amazing! Love the use of hard cider!

  12. I made this over the weekend for my husband and I, and he quickly declared it his new favorite chicken dish. This was incredible....thank you for the recipe!!! Can't wait to make it again!

    1. YA! Thanks for the comment so glad you enjoyed it. We love this chicken too!