Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches

Braised chicken and savory peaches

This Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches dish is really something special.  Peaches work wonderfully in sweet dishes as well as savory.  Or even just by themselves.   Let these peaches marinate overnight, then add to braised chicken thighs, and you won’t believe the ‘wow’ factor you’ll get from this dish.  Serve with a nice rice pilaf, and green salad, and boy, oh boy, will you and your loved ones be happy!  Totally Loon Approved!


Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches
 
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This braised chicken & savory peaches dish is so flavorful and the tastes blend perfectly together. Really amazing anytime of the year, but especially good when peaches are at their height of flavor when they are in season. Incredibly delicious!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Entree
Serves: 4 - 6
Ingredients
  • FOR THE MARINATED PEACHES:
  • 3 medium-ripe peaches, pitted and sliced, diced, or cut into wedges (we like wedges)
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 & ½ tablespoons spiced dark rum (optional...but adds so much flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 & ½ tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • Pinch granulated sugar
  • FOR THE CHICKEN DISH
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; with a little more, as needed
  • 1 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 3 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 6 - 8)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 - 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of the marinated peaches, drained, with marinade reserved
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. MAKE THE MARINATED PEACHES:
  2. Gently combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, and up to 24 hours. (After marinating, you can refrigerate them for up to 1 day).
  3. MAKE THE DISH:
  4. Position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  5. Heat oil in a Dutch Oven or other heavy-duty pot over medium heat.
  6. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  7. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside. If the pan is dry, add a little more oil.
  8. Season the chicken lightly on all sides with salt and pepper.
  9. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides - about 12 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
  10. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot and then add the leek(s) and garlic.
  11. Cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  12. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  13. Add the reserved marinade and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid thickens, about 2 minutes.
  14. Add the stock, season lightly with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  15. Arrange the chicken in the pot, skin side up, and return to a boil, and then transfer the pot to the oven to braise, uncovered, until the chicken cooks through, about 25 minutes.
  16. Take the pot out of the oven, and turn the broiler on high.
  17. Transfer the chicken, skin side up, to a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  18. Simmer the sauce in the pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about to half - about 10 minutes.
  19. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the capers and peaches; cook until heated through.
  20. Stir in the butter until it melts, then stir in 1 tablespoon of the tarragon and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  21. Meanwhile, broil the chicken until the skin is crisp, about 3 minutes.
  22. Return the chicken to the pot, or transfer it to a large platter and spoon the sauce over it.
  23. Garnish with the prosciutto and the remaining tarragon leaves.
  24. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

2 Comments

  • Reply August 21, 2015

    Andrea

    I love having fruit with meat, and chicken thighs are my favorite. Marinating the peaches in rum is something I never would have thought of – looks delicious!

    • Reply August 22, 2015

      krislongwell

      Hi Andrea! I agree, we love peaches so much, but usually have them in a pie, or ice cream, something sweet. I love savory peaches, but don’t cook with them that much. We were really happy with how this dish turned out, and the rum didn’t overpower the flavors at all, just added a little depth. Let us know if you make it and what you think! Kris

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