Chicken with Vinegar for Two

Chicken with Vinegar for Two

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
Our recipe for this classic Lyonnaise dish calls for using just chicken thighs rather than the usual combination of light and dark meat to ensure that all the meat cooks at the same rate. We browned the chicken to develop flavor and then braised it in a flavorful mix of chicken broth, white wine, and red wine vinegar until it reached 195 degrees and was meltingly tender and juicy. To finish the sauce, we fortified the braising liquid with tomato paste and reduced it to a luxurious, lightly thickened consistency before adding minced fresh tarragon. The sauce is typically finished with heavy cream, but we preferred to whisk in a couple tablespoons of butter instead to help preserve the vibrancy of the sauce.
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Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 661 kcal


  • 4 chicken thighs 5- to 7-ounce bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons shallot minced
  • 1 garlic clove sliced thin
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar plus extra for seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter chilled
  • 1 ½ teaspoons tarragon minced fresh


  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325˚F. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in 10-inch ovensafe skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook, without moving it, until well browned, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, flip chicken and brown on second side, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to large plate.
  • Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is golden brown, about 1½ minutes. Add broth, wine, and vinegar; bring to simmer, scraping up any browned bits. Return chicken to skillet, skin side up (skin will be above surface of liquid). Transfer skillet to oven and bake, uncovered, until chicken registers 195 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Using tongs, transfer chicken to clean serving platter and tent with aluminum foil. Place skillet over high heat. Whisk tomato paste into liquid and bring to boil. Cook, occasionally scraping side of skillet to incorporate fond, until sauce is thickened and reduced to ⅔ cup, 5 to 7 minutes. Off heat, whisk in butter and tarragon. Season with salt, pepper, and up to ½ teaspoon extra vinegar (added ⅛ teaspoon at a time) to taste. Pour sauce around chicken and serve.




Calories: 661kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 40gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 694mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 366IUVitamin C: 3mgVitamin D: 0.2µgVitamin E: 1mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mgZinc: 3mg
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