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Tender and juicy apple dijon braised chicken thighs with potatoes is juicy, tender and so succulent that it falls off the bone, yet so crispy outside. |

Apple Dijon Braised Chicken Thighs

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Tender and juicy apple dijon braised chicken thighs with potatoes is juicy, tender and so succulent that it falls off the bone, yet so crispy outside. 


  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in skin on
  • 3 tablespoons olive oildivided
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Pat dry each chicken thigh with a paper towel completely before adding seasoning. This helps create extra crispy skins when searing.
  2. Add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well with a spoon to combine. Generously smear the seasoning mixture all over the chicken thighs, on both sides (using disposable gloves helps make clean up easier).
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium high heat for 2 minutes until the oil starts to sizzle and shimmer. Place the chicken thighs with the skin side down on the skillet, and sear for 2 minutes until the skin turns brown and crispy. Flip the chicken over and cook on the other side for another 2 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs from the skillet and place them on a plate.
  4. On the same skillet, add chopped onions, garlic, grated apple and paprika, and stir well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. You should notice the onions and garlic start browning.
  5. Add in potatoes and carrots. Stir well with a spatula to combine. Add in Dijon mustard and soy sauce. Mix well to coat the mixture evenly with seasoning.
  6. Place the chicken thighs on top of the vegetable mixture, with the skin side facing up. Add 2 cups of water (the liquid mixture should cover about 1/3 of the chicken thighs in height). Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  7. Transfer the skillet into the preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes, until the internal temperature for the chicken thighs reaches 165F. The liquid mixture should thicken nicely.
  8. Remove the skillet from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. If the liquid has not thickened enough and it is still too watery, place the skillet back on the stove and bring to a simmer for another 10 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.
  9. Serve with rice and drizzle the extra liquid from the skillet over top of the rice and chicken thighs. Garnish with chopped parsley on top.


Equipment used: cast-iron skillet (or dutch oven) and meat thermometer.

How to store: This recipe makes for some incredibly delicious leftovers. That's just how it goes when you braise meat, the leftovers just get even better. To store, transfer to an airtight container with any juice that is left in the pan and place in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American