Recipe for BRAISED CHICKEN LEGS AND THIGHS WITH GINGER AND TOMATO

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 6 large whole skin-on chicken legs,
  • thighs and drumsticks separated
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 large white onions,
  • halved and thinly sliced (about 1¾ pounds total)
  • 1 (2-inch) knob fresh ginger,
  • peeled and grated (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 (28-oz) can whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Cooking Directions

Brown the chicken: Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil.

Arrange the chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet and season the pieces with salt and half of the red pepper flakes.

Turn the pieces on their other side and season with more salt and the remaining red pepper flakes.

When the oil begins to smoke lightly, carefully add the pieces to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan; work in batches if necessary.

Resist the temptation to move or turn the chicken and allow the pieces to brown on their first side, 5 to 8 minutes.

Use tongs to flip the pieces over and brown, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer the chicken pieces to a large plate or baking sheet.

Make the sauce: In the same skillet, strain off the oil and wipe out any burnt bits.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium heat. When the oil begins to smoke lightly, add the cumin and stir rapidly to give the seeds a quick roast, 5 seconds.

Add the onions. Season with salt and cook, stirring frequently, until they turn light brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic and add the cinnamon and bay leaves.

Pour in the white wine and gently boil until reduced by half to allow the raw taste of the alcohol to cook out before adding any other ingredients, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and their juices and simmer to allow the flavors to come together, 10 minutes.

Cook the chicken: Add about 1 cup water to the skillet and arrange the chicken pieces in the sauce. Use a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes.

Keep the heat low and simmer until the pieces are cooked through and the meat can be pulled off with a fork, 30 to 45 minutes.

If the sauce gets too thick or begins to stick to the bottom of the skillet, add a little more water.

If it’s too thin, transfer the chicken to a tray, bring the sauce to a boil, and simmer to the desired consistency. Stir the butter into the sauce.

Return the chicken to the sauce, if need be. Discard the cinnamon and bay leaves before serving.

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