Braised Chicken Thighs with Sauerkraut

Braised Chicken Thighs with Sauerkraut

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips

8 chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds in all)

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and chopped

3 C. drained and rinsed sauerkraut (about1 1/2 pounds)

1 C. canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

10 juniper berries, lightly crushed

1 bay leaf


In a large deep frying pan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.  Season the chicken thighs with 1/2 tsp. of the salt and the pepper and add to the pan in batches if necessary. Cook, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Remove from the pan. Pour off all but 1 T. of the fat. Add the onion, carrot, and apple to the pan. Cook over moderate heat, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the sauerkraut, bacon, broth, the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, the mustard, juniper berries, and bay leaf. Arrange the chicken in an even layer on top. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat, and cook, covered, until the chicken is just done, about 25 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan and discard the bay leaf. If too much liquid remains in the pan, raise the heat to moderately high and cook until slightly thickened. Serve the sauerkraut topped with the chicken.


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