Poulet au Vinaigre (Chicken with Vinegar) for Two
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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
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 br... Read More
GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Use an inexpensive dry white wine here or substitute dry vermouth. Fresh tarragon is traditional for poulet au vinaigre, but parsley can be substituted, if desired.
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. 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.