RECIPE OF THE WEEK FROM HIGHFIELD HALL & GARDENS STAFF, TARA BURKE
This Balsamic Chicken and Figs with Red Onion is a wonderful one-pan dish to serve in fall. The combination of sweet and juicy figs with the crispy skinned chicken and tangy balsamic sauce is sure to please anyone at your table!
Balsamic Chicken with Figs and Red Onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 Chicken Thighs, (bone-in, skin on)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
3 shallots, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 cup chicken stock
2 cup shredded curly kale
5 figs, cut into halves/quarters depending on size
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
In a large cast iron skillet (or oven proof pan) heat the olive oil. Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper and then cook for 4 minutes per side in the oil until golden in color. Once cooked, transfer to a plate.
In a bowl whisk together the mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar.
Add the diced shallots and garlic to the pan and cook for 4 minutes until the shallots begin to soften. Add in the sliced red onions and thyme and let cook for 3 minutes before pouring in the balsamic/mustard mixture and chicken stock.
Let everything simmer for 4 minutes before adding in the chopped kale. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet and arrange the fig pieces around the pan. Spoon some of the sauce over the chicken and then bake in the oven for 35 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with more thyme before serving.