Fresh herbs and sweet carrots update this old-fashioned skillet dinner. Serve with a side of homemade cornbread for a meal that feels homey and special — perfect for fall.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots, Potatoes and Thyme
1 1/2 lb. (750 g.) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 lb. (500 g.) red-skinned potatoes, about 2 inches (5 cm.) in diameter, quartered
8 carrots, halved lengthwise and then cut into 1 1/2-inch (4-cm.) pieces
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. flour (or gluten-free flour mix, for a gluten-free meal)
1 1/3 cups (11 fl. oz./330 ml.) low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup (3 fl. oz./80 ml.) dry vermouth or dry white wine
1 1/2 Tbs. minced fresh thyme
Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and then generously with paprika. In a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and cook until brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add the onion to the frying pan and stir. Add the potato quarters and carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute until the vegetables are beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the flour mix and stir to coat. Gradually mix in the broth and vermouth. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Return the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken and vegetables are cooked through, stirring and turning the chicken over occasionally, about 25 minutes. Mix in the thyme. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Divide the chicken and vegetables among 4 warmed plates and serve right away. Serves 4.
Find more quick, gluten-free dinner recipes in our book Weeknight Gluten Free, by Kristine Kidd.