Salsa-Braised Chicken With Avocado
Store-bought salsa gets a glow-up in this easy braised chicken recipe. Chicken thighs are browned until crispy, then baked in a salsa verde and white wine sauce until tender all the way through.
- 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ cup white wine (120 mL)
- 3 cups store bought salsa verde (375 g)
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cubed
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro (10 g)
- warmed tortilla, for serving (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper. Working in batches if necessary, arrange the thighs skin-side down in a cold, large oven-proof skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook the chicken thighs, undisturbed, until the skin is golden brown and the thighs naturally release from the skillet, 12–15 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the thighs to paper towels.
- Pour the wine and salsa verde into the skillet and stir to combine with the rendered fat and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, then remove the skillet from the heat. Return the thighs to the skillet, skin-side up, so they are half submerged in the sauce. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through and tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the oven, scatter the cubed avocados evenly around the chicken in the sauce, and let the chicken rest in the sauce for 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve with tortillas on the side, if desired.