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Artichoke Chicken

Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichokes

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: braised
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Crispy Braised Chicken Thighs with Artichoke hearts, leeks, potatoes and tarragon- a delicious, French-inspired one-pan recipe perfect for spring!


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  • 4 large artichokes, trimmed and sliced (or sub frozen artichoke hearts, see notes)
  • one lemon, zest and juice.
  • 6 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter, divided.
  • 1 large leek, sliced and rinsed, drained.
  • 2 cups tiny potatoes sliced ( 1/4 thick in pieces)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vermouth or white wine.
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 cup half and half, heavy cream or dairy-free cream alternative
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, divided
  • Optional Additions: Mushrooms, ramps, pearl onions, fresh English peas, fennel bulb


  1. Zest the lemon, set zest aside.
  2. Prep the artichokes. Fill a med bowl with 4 cups cold water and squeeze with the juice from the lemon. Because artichokes will easily brown, work on one at a time as quickly as possible. Snap off all the hard out leaves using your fingers ( Save for later) With a sharp paring knife, trim off all the outer green skin around the base and stem, keeping the stem in tact. Remove the yellowish soft leaves and using a spoon, gently scrape away the white or purple silk like threads. Immediately place in the lemon water, to prevent browning. Slice just before placing in the skillet. (see notes for frozen artichokes)
  3. Preheat oven to 425F.  Pat chicken dry and season with kosher salt and pepper. Heat 1 T butter and 1 T olive oil in a heavy bottom oven-proof skillet over med-high heat. Place chicken skin side down and sear for until golden, about 5 minutes. Turn and brown undersides until golden, about 7-8 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. Drain some of the chicken fat, leaving about 1 tablespoon oil in the pan. Add 1 tablespoon more butter. Add leeks, sliced artichokes, sliced potatoes and fennel seeds. Saute on med heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until they just begin to soften. Season with a generous pinch of kosher salt and pepper. 
  4. Deglaze the pan with vermouth (or white wine). Reduce by half, about 4 minutes. Add stock, mustard and fennel seeds, half and half, half of the fresh tarragon and 1/2 of the zest. Give a stir, bring to a simmer, and taste broth adjusting salt and pepper. Nestle the chicken pieces into the stew with skin sides up, and roast in a hot 425 F oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden, and thigh internal temp is 170F, or breast internal temp is 160F.  If needed, broil for a couple of minutes to get skin extra crispy.
  5. Garnish with remaining lemon zest and fresh tarragon before serving. 


Save the leaves and blanch for another meal!

If using frozen artichoke hearts- nestle in the broth at the same time as the chicken- use 2-3 cups or however many will comfortably fit in the pan.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 450
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 728.5 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.6 g
  • Fiber: 7.5 g
  • Protein: 51.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 237.7 mg

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