Here, we combine currant jelly — a tasty “secret” ingredient in rich sauces for game birds or poultry — with a medley of fall flavors, such as pears, walnuts and leeks, to make a quick pan sauce. Serve with quinoa and broccolini.
- 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed (see Tip)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1 large firm ripe pear, peeled and diced
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons currant jelly
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
Place the sliced leek in a colander; rinse and drain well.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add the leek and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown and soften, about 2 minutes. Add the pear and 1/4 cup broth; simmer until the pear is soft and the broth is evaporated, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the currant jelly to the pan and cook, stirring, until melted. Stir in the cornstarch mixture, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring, and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan and turn to coat with sauce. Serve sprinkled with walnuts.
Tip: <br>You&#8217;ll need about 1 1/2 pounds untrimmed boneless, skinless chicken thighs to serve four people. For recipes that call for one large thigh per person, buy them at the butcher counter; prepackaged thighs vary dramatically in size. Ask for four 6-ounce boneless, skinless thighs. To trim them well, we like to use kitchen shears to snip the fat away from the meat. After trimming, you&#8217;ll have four 4-ounce portions. <br><br> Toast the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
333 calories; 18g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 76mg cholesterol; 530mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 23g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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