Crisp Chicken Thighs with Peas and Carrots
© John Kernick

Crisp Chicken Thighs with Peas and Carrots


Hugh Acheson serves his crispy pan-fried chicken with a quick and totally delicious hot-sauce butter on a bright, fun salad of peas and carrots.


  1. Four 1/2-pound, bone-in chicken thighs with skin
  2. 1 cup buttermilk
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  5. Pinch of cayenne
  6. Pinch of dry mustard powder
  7. 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  8. 1 cup frozen peas
  9. 3/4 pound bunch carrots with tops, tops reserved and carrots thinly sliced on the bias
  10. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  11. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 1/4 cup small mint leaves
  13. 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  14. 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  15. 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  1. In a sturdy resealable plastic bag, combine the chicken and buttermilk and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the flour in a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir the 1 teaspoon of salt with the cayenne and mustard powder. Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off, and transfer the chicken to a large plate. Season the chicken all over with the salt mixture.
  3. Set a rack over a baking sheet. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the shortening until it shimmers. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then fry over moderately high heat, turning, until deep golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the rack and bake for about 25 minutes, until crispy and the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch the peas for 1 minute. Drain and cool under cold water. Drain well and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the carrots, lemon juice, olive oil and mint. Chop enough carrot tops to make 1/3 cup and add to the bowl. Season with salt and toss to coat.
  5. In the saucepan, bring the vinegar to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the butter, one cube at a time, until incorporated. Whisk in the hot sauce and remove from the heat. Transfer the vegetables to a platter, top with the chicken and serve the buttery hot sauce on the side.

Suggested Pairing

Minerally Sauvignon Blanc.