I had a large, 5 pound package of chicken thighs in the freezer, though unfortunately they were the kind frozen into one big blob and not individually so I pretty much had to thaw and bake the whole package. Whatever isn't eaten up in leftovers will be deboned and frozen to use in casseroles or maybe some chicken salad.
This recipe was inspired by one I saw in Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine for October, though I've made quite a few changes with both ingredients and methodology. I only wanted potatoes since we were having a side salad with dinner, but you could certainly add to or change out vegetables to what you prefer. I loved the balsamic vinegar here with the chicken. It adds a rich tone, just slightly sweet. If you don't have balsamic on hand, try apple cider instead.
If you don't have a full 5 pounds of chicken, just use one whole chicken cut up, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds, reduce the potatoes to 1 pound and the balsamic to 2 tablespoons. Enjoy!
Roasted Balsamic Chicken Thighs
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
5 pounds of chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Juice of one lemon
8 cloves of garlic, smashed
2 onions, cut into wedges
1-1/2 pounds of potatoes, unpeeled & cut into chunks
Several sprigs of fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil into the bottom of a large roaster or baking pan and add chicken. Sprinkle the chicken generously with salt & pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon & garlic. Add the onion and potatoes and toss. Pour over the chicken. Strip thyme off of a couple of springs & sprinkle on the top; add remaining sprigs to the roaster. Bake at 450 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until juices run clear and potatoes are tender. Spoon a bit of the pan juices on top of the chicken before serving.
Note: If you don't have a full 5 pounds of chicken, just use one whole chicken cut up, about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds, reduce the potatoes to 1 pound and the balsamic to 2 tablespoons.
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