Braised Chicken Recipe

Braised chicken
  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1080 Calories
58g Fat
14g Carbs
112g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1080
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 75%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 337mg 112%
Sodium 988mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 112g
Calcium 130mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

For this recipe we braise a cut-up chicken in chicken stock with a little white wine, but you could substitute apple cider or even cider vinegar for the wine. And here's a secret: you could actually braise the chicken in water instead of chicken stock.

Seriously. Not only will the chicken still taste amazing but also you'll end up with a beautiful chicken stock that you can use for other stuff (like braising another chicken).

You'll also save a few bucks, and scandalize a whole lot of people who insist that you never cook anything in plain water. Trust. The chicken will be tender and juicy and incredibly flavorful. Just make sure you season the water with Kosher salt enough so that you can taste it.

Here's another tip: sometimes you can get a prepackaged chicken that's already cut up, which is fine, but you absolutely want to make sure the chicken back is in there. Sometimes it isn't. (You're not going to eat the back, but it will add tons of flavor to the broth.) Most butchers will just cut up a whole chicken for you if you ask, and that way you'll get everything.


  • 1 whole chicken, 4 to 5 pounds, cut up (including the back)
  • 3 to 4 slices of bacon, diced (about 1/4 pound, depending on thickness)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped leek (white part and light green part)
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup white wine

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 F.

  2. Dry the chicken well with paper towels, then season it generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Cook the bacon in a heavy Dutch oven over medium high heat until it's brown and the fat has rendered out. Then add one breast (skin side down), one thigh (skin side down), one drumstick and one wing. Brown the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes, then remove to a platter and repeat with the other four pieces. Finally, brown the back, skin side down, and remove it to the platter when it's brown.

  4. To the pot, add the leeks, onions, and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Then pour in the wine and scrape off any roasted bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the tomato paste.

  5. Now return all the chicken pieces to the pot, and pour in enough chicken stock so that the chicken is at least 90 percent submerged. If you need more liquid, top it off with water. Adjust the seasoning of the liquid with Kosher salt if necessary. Also add the rosemary and bay leaf.

  6. Bring the pot to a boil on the stovetop then cover it with a tight-fitting lid and transfer it to the oven. Cook for about an hour then remove the pot from the oven. Let the chicken cool in the pot for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

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