This Honey Braised Chicken is one of our top chicken dinner recipes for family meals - quick braised in a deliciously sweet sauce, it is a real hit with the children. The lemon adds a balancing acidity to the sweetness of the honey, creating a moreish sauce for drizzling over rice or soaking up with pieces of chunky bread. Dark meat is usually fattier, which means when it's cooked, it becomes more tender and juicy, scoring extra points with the younger family members.
Whilst this recipe calls for 12 whole cloves of garlic, the flavour is quite subtle and not overly garlicky at all. The braising means that the garlic becomes caramelised, soft and melt in your mouth tender. The lemons also caramelise, which means their flesh becomes sweet and sour, in contrast with the concentrated bitterness of their rind - a combination I love!
Key success criteria in choosing the perfect chicken dinner recipe include tastiness (yes!) and ease of preparation, and this dish does not disappoint on either front. With only six ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your cupboards, this Honey Braised Chicken requires very little advance planning. And who couldn't do with a recipe like this when you're trying to decide what to cook for dinner midweek? This casserole could also easy be prepared and assembled in advance, and finished cooking when you get come from collecting the children. Win!
I typically serve this dish with rice, as it's great for soaking up the flavourful sauce, but you could easily serve it with a generous side of crusty bread for dipping. A simple green salad, or steamed green beans or tenderstem broccoli with some salt and extra virgin olive oil, all work nicely to complete this meal.
Here's what you'll need to make this dish:
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Oil for cooking
8 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
12 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1 lemon, cut into 8 chunks
185ml chicken stock
And here's how to do it:
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