Our Eating Around the World Adventure took us to El Salvador and we are loving it.
The original recipe used only two chicken thighs, I added in an extra two as there is five of us at home, there was still enough sauce for us. The recipe is easily doubled though.
Now I served it with cous cous the first time I made it, not very traditional, but I forgot to buy potatoes. The cous cous was delicious with it. The second time I made it with potatoes, and it was equally delicious. So serve it with whatever you prefer to eat.
So if you are looking for mid week meal that is easy and flavour full, give this Salvadoran Chicken dish a go.
4 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
1 red onion, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt to taste
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 cups white wine dry
2 bay leaves
Black pepper, to taste
1 lime, halved
1 tablespoon (14g) cold butter
10 sprigs fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Take the chicken thighs out of the fridge for 30 minutes, leave them on the counter to come to room temperature while your prepare your other ingredients.
After 30 minutes, pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Drizzle them with a little of the olive oil and season them all over with the sea salt, black pepper and paprika.
Heat up a medium frying pan over low heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the sliced onions with a pinch of sea salt and saute until they start to caramelize all over, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile heat up a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil and brown the chicken thighs until golden brown on both sides, transfer them to a plate and keep warm.
Deglaze the pan with the white wine making sure to scrape all the brown bits from the bottom with a spatula or wooden spoon. Transfer the onions to the pan with the wine, add the bay leaf and return the chicken on top. Cover with a tight lid and simmer gently over very low heat for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes move the lid half way to the side and cook the chicken partially covered for another 15 minutes or until the sauce is reduced to your liking and the chicken falls apart tenderly when stabbed with a fork.
Remove chicken from heat and add the cold butter on top. Cover with the lid and allow the butter to melt into the chicken and sauce, to create a smooth silky sauce. Squeeze the juice of half a lime all over the top and sprinkle with the chopped coriander.
Serve hot with extra limes on the side, some mashed potato (or cous cous) or some crusty bread to soak up all that sauce.
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