Light and delicious honey-balsamic braised chicken

Light and delicious honey-balsamic braised chicken

Nutrition know-how

Total serving kcal per serve Fat per serve
4 613 37g


2 bone-in chicken thighs, with skin
0.75 teaspoons sea salt, divided
1 slices bacon, cut into large squares
1 shallots, peeled and quartered
0.5 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets, about 2 cups
0.25 cup dried figs, quartered
0.5 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoons honey
1.5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
0.5 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
0.5 tablespoon butter
pinch freshly ground black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5.
  • Place chicken thighs on a plate and season all sides with 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Place a heavy oven-safe saucepan over medium-low heat and add bacon pieces. Cook until crisp and brown, turning once halfway through, 1–2 minutes per side. Remove bacon to a plate and set aside.
  • Turn heat up slightly to medium and add chicken to the pan, skin side down. Cook until skin is crispy and deeply golden in colour, about 7 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Turn heat back down to medium–low, add shallots and cauliflower. Cook the vegetables, turning occasionally using tongs, to brown all sides, about 8 minutes. Be patient here, colour is important. Add dried figs to soften slightly, another 2 minutes, and season with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and fresh black pepper.
  • Add the stock, honey, balsamic and thyme. Nestle the chicken thighs back into the pan, skin side up.
  • Place pan in a preheated oven, uncovered, and cook for 15 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and transfer chicken to a serving platter.
  • Return saucepan to medium–low heat on the stovetop to bring the sauce and vegetables to a simmer, add butter and stir to slightly thicken the sauce, about 1 minute. Turn off heat.
  • Spoon the sauce and vegetables over the chicken, and sprinkle with crispy bacon pieces. Serve immediately.

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