© Petrina Tinslay
Spice-Rubbed Chicken Thighs
- ACTIVE: 40 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
"I grew up on chicken thighs," says Top Chef all-star Tre Wilcox. "These days I season them with crushed red pepper and star anise and braise them in a sauce with tomatoes and red wine."
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 1/4 star anise pod
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns
- 1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 8 meaty chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 large Spanish onion, thinly sliced
- 1 large leek, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
- 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 3 thyme sprigs
- 3 oregano sprigs
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Chopped parsley and chives, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small skillet, toast the coriander, star anise, cracked peppercorns and crushed red pepper over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and let cool; pulse until coarsely ground. Add the salt. Rub the spices all over the chicken.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning once, until deep golden, 10 minutes. Arrange the chicken in a roasting pan, skin side up. Pour off most of the oil from the skillet and add the onion and leek. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, thyme and oregano and cook until the tomatoes just begin to break down, 3 minutes. Add the red wine and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, scraping up any bits stuck to the pan, 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of water and pour the mixture into the roasting pan.
- Cover the pan with foil and braise the chicken in the oven for about 1 hour, until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Strain the sauce into a saucepan. Boil until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and honey; keep warm.
- Preheat the broiler. Return the chicken to the roasting pan, skin side up, and broil 8 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, until the skin is crisp. Sprinkle with the parsley and chives. Serve the chicken with the sauce.