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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Rosemary Recipe

This crowd-pleasing chicken dish smells heavenlyβ€”and tastes even better.

Country Living - Kate Merker and Taylor Murray -

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! These skillet-fried thighs are irresistibly crispy, thanks to a flattening technique using a skillet weighted down with soup cans.

Yields: 4 servings
Total Time: 0 hours 20 mins


1/3 c. chicken stock
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
8 small bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds total)
8 cloves garlic, smashes and skins removed


  1. Whisk together stock, lemon juice, mustard, rosemary, and pepper flakes in a bowl. Season with salt.
  2. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place, skin sides down, in the skillet. Place a second smaller skillet on top of chicken and weigh it down with soup cans. Cook until the skins are golden brown and crisp, 7 to 9 minutes.
  3. Remove cans and top skillet. Flip chicken and reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter; reserve skillet. Add stock mixture to reserved skillet. Cook, scraping up any brown bits, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon over chicken.

This post originally appeared on Country Living and was published September 6, 2019. This article is republished here with permission.

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