Adapted from a favorite Sally Schneider recipe, this one-pan chicken with sherry vinegar sauce comes together in a snap. It’s weeknight friendly but dinner party worthy.
As always, for the best chicken, no matter which recipe you are making: salt ahead. If you remember to salt a day in advance, that’s ideal, but salting the morning you plan to cook the chicken is great, too. A good rule of thumb: 1 teaspoon kosher salt per pound of chicken. I do this in a 4-qt Pyrex bowl that has a lid, but you certainly could use a Ziplock bag.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 to 2 shallots, thinly sliced to yield a heaping 1/4 cup
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 6 to 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 1 cup drained and coarsely chopped peeled plum tomatoes (I like Pomi Chopped Tomatoes) or 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes, diced to yield 1 cup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2/3 cup Sherry, such as Harvey’s Bristol Cream, or white wine
- 1/3 cup sherry vinegar or other
- 2 cups water
- Bread for serving
- Heat the oven to 400°F. In a large skillet over high heat, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the shallots and immediately reduce the heat to medium. Add a pinch of salt, and sauté until the shallots are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the chicken in a large bowl. Pat dry. Season all over with salt and pepper. (Note: If you’ve salted ahead (see notes above), do not add more salt; just add pepper to taste.)
- Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the mustard and cook for 30 seconds, stirring to incorporate it. Add the sherry, sherry vinegar, and water and bring to a simmer. Transfer the chicken pieces to the pan skin side up. Transfer pan to the oven and roast for 40 to 50 minutes or until the skin is evenly golden brown.
- Remove pan from the oven, and transfer chicken to a plate to rest. Pour juices from the pan into a large bowl or large liquid measure. Let liquids sit for a minute or two until the fat rises to the surface. Use a spoon or ladle to remove fat. Taste juices. Adjust with salt or pepper. Return juices and chicken to the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer. Serve chicken with plenty of juices pooling all around—I like using shallow bowls for this one. Serve with crusty bread, if you wish.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American, French
Keywords: one-pan, chicken, roast, sherry, vinegar, tomatoes, mustard, shallots