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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Golden Raisin Compote

Producers in France's Jura region age whites in oak barrels for years. The resulting wines have both bracing acidity and a rich texture that Brad Ball, owner of Social Restaurant + Wine Bar in Charleston, South Carolina, loves with these crispy chicken thighs.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple—peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups golden raisins (1/2 pound)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 6 ounce bone-in chicken thighs



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the squash, cover and cook over moderate heat until almost tender, 3 minutes. Add the shallot and cook for 1 minute. Add the apple, cinnamon and cayenne and cook for 1 minute. Add the raisins, wine, honey and thyme and cook until the wine is almost evaporated. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In an ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the skillet, skin side down. Cook over high heat until the skin is crisp, 5 minutes. Turn the chicken, transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 6 minutes, until cooked through; serve with the compote.

Serve With

Buttered farro with chives.

Suggested Pairing

Edgy Wine Sherry-like white from France's Jura region.

Accessible Wine Honeyed Washington State Riesling.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published February 2011

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