Stout-Braised Chicken and Mushrooms

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Full-bodied stout beer forms the base of the savory cooking liquid for this chicken. Serve it over mashed potatoes to soak up every last flavorful drop.

Stout-Braised Chicken and Mushrooms
 
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (about 2½ pounds)
  • 2¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups fresh whole baby portobello mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup stout beer*
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Mashed potatoes, to serve
  • Garnish: fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Trim any excess fat from chicken. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons salt and pepper all over chicken.
  3. In a 12-inch enamel-coated cast-iron braiser, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin side down; cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Add mushrooms and onion to pan. Cook until softened and mushrooms begin to release liquid; about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Return chicken, skin side up, to pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together stout, tomato paste, and brown sugar; pour mixture onto chicken. Add thyme sprigs to pan and cover.
  5. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of chicken registers 165°, about 25 minutes. Stir in vinegar and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Discard thyme sprigs. Serve with mashed potatoes. Garnish with thyme, if desired.
Notes
*We used Good People Brewing Company Coffee Oatmeal Stout.