Sweet Chili Chicken Thighs
2 tablespoons canola or other neutral oil, or as needed
1 medium onion, finely chopped, rinsed and patted dry
1½ to 3 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
Fine sea salt
¼ cup (60 ml) white wine
8 chicken thighs, with or without skin and/or bones, patted dry
Freshly ground pepper
½ cup (120 ml) Thai sweet chili sauce (see page 335)
1/3 cup (80 ml) soy sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (preferably French)
1 to 1½ teaspoons Sriracha (to taste)
Sliced scallions and crushed red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)
Warm 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger and garlic, season lightly with salt and cook, stirring, until they soften a bit and are translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes.
Add the white wine, increase the heat and cook, stirring, until most of the wine evaporates, about 2 minutes. Again, don't color the onions and friends. Transfer the ingredients to a bowl.
Return the pot to medium heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Place the thighs in the pot and brown on all sides, adding more oil if necessary. (If the thighs will be crowded, do them in two batches.) Pour off and discard the oil. If you've got burned bits stuck on the bottom of the pot, remove the chicken and scrub the pot, then return the chicken to it. Return the onion mixture to the pot, along with any juices that accumulated, add the chili sauce, soy sauce, mustard and Sriracha and stir to blend. Season lightly with salt and pepper and clap the lid on the pot.
Turn the heat down to low and cook the chicken, basting occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until it is opaque in the center; an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should register 165 degrees. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter (or don't -- serving from the pot is just fine) and spoon over some of the sauce. Sprinkle with scallions and pepper flakes, if you'd like. Pass the rest of the sauce at the table.
Excerpted from Everyday Dorie © 2018 by Dorie Greenspan. Photography © 2018 by Ellen Silverman. Reproduced by permission of Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.