Apple Cider Braised Chicken

• 5 pieces bacon

• 2 pounds bone-in chicken quarters

• 1 cup potatoes, diced

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 3 large carrots, sliced

• 1 bundle fresh thyme or rosemary (I have used both)

• 2 cups fresh apple cider

• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate lined with a papertowel. Pour out all but 2 teaspoons bacon fat.

2. Heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat.

3. Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.

4. Sear chicken until brown on both sides in the dutch oven. This should take about 5 minutes per side.

5. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside on a plate.

6. Add the potatoes, carrots, garlic, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and cinnamon. Stir well, making sure to scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of the pan.

7. Pour in the apple cider and maple syrup. Mix until everything is well combined. Make sure all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan have been scraped up. Cover and bring the sauce to a boil. Turn off the heat, and add the chicken back in the pan.

8. Place the pan in the oven at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

9. Meanwhile, chop your Bacon into bits.

10. Once the chicken is done, sprinkle bacon bits over the top, and serve.


Note: This picture was taken before it went into the oven! It’s so good I forgot to take an after picture! **

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