Super Crisp Chicken Thighs
A great chicken thigh should have skin as crispy as a potato chip. The chicken thigh’s natural juices allow you to use the low-heat searing technique.
• Vegetable or canola oil
• 1 pound chicken thighs (3 or 4)
• Salt and pepper
1. Lightly coat a heavy 10-inch skillet with oil, and warm over medium-low heat.
2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel, and season the skin side evenly with salt. Add the thighs to the pan, skin side down, laying them flat. Salt and pepper the flesh side well.
3. Now let it ride. The sizzle will get louder, with some popping, but it should max out.
4. After 10 minutes, tilt the pan and spoon off some of the fat, leaving just enough to keep the sizzle going.
5. Wait another five minutes, then use a metal spatula to lift the thighs and check on the skin. It should be light golden. If it is darker, lower the heat.
6. Check again after another 15 minutes: the skin should be almost orange. Spoon off the remaining fat, flip the thighs, and cook the flesh side for 5 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
7. Remove the thighs and let rest, skin side up, on plate for 5 minutes before serving.
Spicy Seared Cabbage with Avocado
This is a great side dish for chicken.
• 4 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1 pound cabbage, cut into ¼ inch ribbons
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 1 tsp soy sauce
• 2 tsp Sriracha
• 1 avocado, cut into wedges
• Lime juice
1. Divide everything in half and cook in two batches.
2. Heat a large, deep sauté pan with 2 tbsp oil over high heat until it smokes.
3. Add half the cabbage, spread it out, and sear without touching it for 90 seconds, or until browned on the bottom.
4. Then stir for 2 minutes, until it starts to wilt.
5. Add ½ tsp salt and keep stirring.
6. After 1 more minute, add 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sriracha.
7. Cook another 30 seconds, stirring.
8. It should be tender with just a little crunch.
9. Transfer to a plate.
10. Rinse out the pan, and repeat with the second batch.
11. Serve with avocado wedges spritzed with lime juice.