Beer and Onion Braised Chicken

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or olive oil
4 large chicken thighs with skin and bones
3/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2-3 medium onions, halved from root to stem, and thinly sliced
3 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar, divided
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup beer: ambers and dark lagers shine here (for a gluten-free recipe, use gluten-free beer)
1/2 cup beef stock
1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/2 pound small creamer potatoes
1 medium turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
2 scallions, white parts only, chopped, for garnish


1. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and allspice. Add chicken to skillet and sauté until brown, about 4 minutes per side; transfer to plate.

2. Add onions and 2 teaspoons brown sugar to skillet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and sauté until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix in bay leaves, mustard, and remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add chicken, skin side down, then beer, broth, and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Bring to boil.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add carrots, potatoes and turnip. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Uncover skillet and simmer until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens, turning chicken occasionally, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and more vinegar, and garnish with scallion, if desired.

Serves 4.

© 2018 Olga Massov