On a Cold Winter Day

Houston is shut down today because of the snow and ice that didn’t come.  It is cold though, which makes it a good day to stay inside and fill the house with tempting aromas.

These days when I think about cooking a new dish, I turn to the latest issue of Food and Wine, a magazine filled with wonderful recipes, suggested  wine pairings and interesting articles about food and wine.

Hmmmm, this one looks like a winner.   Shall we have it for dinner?

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Golden Raisin Compote

2 T. unsalted butter

1 c. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces

1 large shallot, minced

1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2″ pieces

1/4 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. cayenne pepper

1 3/4 c. golden raisins

1/2 c. dry white wine

2 T. honey

2 t. thyme

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 T. vegetable oil

8 6 oz. bone in chicken thighs

Preheat oven to 350.  In a skillet, melt the butter.  Add the squash, cover and cook over medium heat until almost tender, about 3 minutes.  Add the shallot and cook an additional minute.  Add the apple, cinnamon and cayenne and cook for 1 minute.  Add raisins, wine, honey and thyme and cook until the wine is almost evaporated.   Season with salt and pepper.

Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to heated, oiled skillet, skin side down.  Cook over high heat until the skin is crisp, about 5 minutes.  Turn the chicken, transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. (If your skillet isn’t ovenproof, transfer the chicken to a baking dish.)

Serve with the compote.  As a side dish, what do you think about brown or wild rice or farro?

All ready.  I can hardly wait to taste and wish you were here to share.

Today, there are other tasty recipes at Foodie Friday and Friday Firsts.

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19 thoughts on “On a Cold Winter Day

  1. I wish I was there to share too LOL! YUM!!!!

    1. And I would like very much to have you here. I think it would be great fun to prepare together and share stories while we are fixing.

  2. I like wild rice, and please make some white meat for me! 🙂
    Dallas isn’t doing well for the Super Bowl. My sister lives in Arlington and she remembers LI winters, so she is ok, it’s the others who can’t believe it!

    1. The real problem, I think, is people getting there with all the flight cancellations.

  3. That looks fabulous….I love working with squash as an ingredient! Will try this for sure!

    1. Anything with butternut or acorn I love. Most of the rest I can do without. If you have good recipes for other varieties, let me know.

  4. i vote for rice!
    i have a hot sunny day that i spend inside too..and how i wish i had your talent of cooking

    1. And I would love to know how to cook dishes that are common to your country.

  5. Oh gosh these look absolutely delicious!! I personally prefer chicken thighs over chicken breasts, so this is right up my alley! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts!

    1. Interesting that bone-in is specified considering I usually go for boneless chicken parts, however, I’ve recently been told that much of the flavor in meats of all kinds comes from the bone. That may change the way I cook…..and eat for that matter.

  6. Yummy…..I think wild rice would be a nice complement to all the other textures and colors.
    Re: the slumber party, I may have to take you off table setting and put you on dinner.

  7. This looks SO yummy. I am hungry hungry:) Do you cook most things at home? I love the cover of that magazine too!

    1. While I enjoy eating out, our favorite meals are the ones prepared at home. I love trying new things.

  8. We DID get snowed in — and I’ve been cooking up a storm as well. It is FUN to try new recipes.

  9. I saw this recipe and thought it sounded good. I just love Food and WIne, one of my favorite magazines.

    1. Agreed. F&W is consistently good, and most of the recipes are actually doable.

  10. looks like a winner
    now I can feel my hunger
    chicken thigh come here

  11. Oh this looks so good! I like things like this that not only taste good but look good also!

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