Braised chicken thighs make an easy, elegant entrée that the whole family with love!
Juicy chicken thighs and mushrooms in a savory white wine sauce make for a delicious recipe that will be on rotation all year long! Just sear and bake everything together in the oven and dinner’s ready!
What is Braising?
Braising meat simply means to fry until crisp and then slow cook in liquid. In this case, the chicken thighs are browned in a frying pan and then baked with a mushroom broth and herbs.
It takes less than an hour and the chicken comes out delicious and tender!
Chicken Thighs are budget-friendly and this recipe uses simple ingredients you probably already on hand!
Ingredients & Variations
Bone-in chicken is the best option for this recipe. My first choice is chicken thighs as the meat comes out incredibly tender!
The bones also add flavor to the sauce. If using boneless pieces, add a little more seasoning and reduce the cooking time (be sure not to overcook).
SAUCE Chicken broth, white wine, and spices are simmered with mushrooms and garlic to make this delicious sauce.
No wine? No problem, just replace with additional chicken stock or cream for a thicker, creamier version!
Not a fan of mushrooms? Try eggplant or onions in place.
How to Braise Chicken Thighs
Be sure to use a skillet that can go from the stovetop to the oven for easier prep and cleanup!
- Season chicken and brown the skin. Set aside.
- Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add in wine, broth and herbs (per recipe below).
- Set chicken on top of mushrooms and bake until chicken is fully cooked.
Serve this dish over easy rice pilaf, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.
Tips for Braising Chicken
- Look for thighs that are uniform in size so they all cook the same.
- Lightly saute the mushrooms in advance so they continue to cook in the oven and soak up all those amazing braising juices!
- Nestle the chicken in the mushrooms and ensure you have enough sauce to cover about ½ way up the chicken (add a bit extra broth if needed). You want to make sure the skin is exposed so it can crisp.
- Use a meat thermometer and test from the thickest part of the chicken (without touching the bone) to ensure it reaches 165°F.
- Once the leftovers are fully cooled, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Delicious Chicken Dishes
- Chicken ala King – 30-minute meal
- Sticky Bourbon Chicken – better than take-out
- Chicken Cacciatore – fresh ingredients
- Cilantro Lime Chicken – marinated & juicy
- Cheesy Chicken Casserole – kid-friendly
- Coq au Vin – so elegant & tasty
Did you make these Braised Chicken Thighs? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms
- 2 pounds chicken thighs with bone and skin
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound mushrooms sliced 1/2" thick
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary slightly crushed
- ⅔ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup white wine optional
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Season chicken with salt & pepper. Set aside.
- Heat butter and oil in a 10" skillet over high heat. Add chicken (skin side down) and brown without moving the chicken, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Quickly toss the mushrooms with soy sauce. Cook mushrooms, garlic, thyme and rosemary until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken broth and white wine. Simmer 2 minutes.
- Place seasoned chicken, skin side up over the mushrooms.
- Bake 35-40 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F. Broil 1 minute if desired.
- Spoon mushroom sauce over chicken. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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I made this using my Le Creuset Tagine and it turned out so well. Chicken was cooked perfectly and was so moist. Definitely will make again!
This recipe is easy and company worthy. I used a sliced portobello mushroom for more flavor. My chicken thighs only cooked 25 minutes in the oven and they were at 170 so check the temp on your thighs earlier than this recipe indicates. I put potatoes in the oven to bake as it was preheating and kept them in through the cooking process and it worked perfectly.
This was fantastic! We did make a few changes based on what I had on hand. Red wine worked fine. We only had 8oz of mushrooms and skinless, boneless thighs. Reduced cook time to 30 minutes.. Should have basted the thighs a couple times during cook. The sauce was yummy. This recipe will go into our rotation.
OMG!!! Just made this recipe and it was AMAZING!
My only adjust was to bake the thighs and mushrooms low and slow.
Oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit until probe thermometer read 190 degrees.
Took approximately 3 hours but the chicken was fall-of-the-bone tender and the mushroom were perfect due to being protected by the braising liquid.
Thank you, Holly!
I am so glad you loved this recipe Al!