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Braised Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Porcini & Dried Cherries

Braised Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Porcini & Dried cherries is cradled in a creamy garlic sauce that makes a complete, delicious meal

Cast Iron pan filled with cooked chicken thighs with potatoes, Porcini & dried cherries. Two bulbs of garlic sit in the front.I don’t know of any ingredient that is any more versatile than chicken.

My mother wasn’t much of a cook, but she could sure fry up a chicken and often did so on Sundays. She would actually cook two. One for my dad, and one for the other five of us. Just thinking of that meal makes my stomach growl.Cast Iron pan filled with cooked chicken thighs with potatoes, Porcini & dried cherries.

I was recently thumbing through the May 2015 issue of Food and Wine, when I saw this recipe. I read through it and knew I pretty much had everything I needed to make it, and knew what was going to be on my dinner table that evening.

This recipe doesn’t disappoint. My husband and I both loved it. The chicken was moist and tasted like it was fried. It’s not, it’s baked. The chicken sits on a bed of Yukon Gold potatoes, and the whole thing is cradled in a creamy garlic sauce that is deepened with porcini mushrooms. Everything is then dotted with dried cherries, which just brightens up the whole dish.Cast Iron pan filled with cooked chicken thighs with potatoes, Porcini & dried cherries.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Porcini & Dried Cherries

Author: Hostess At Heart
A beautiful one pan dinner that is super moist, delicious and looks like it took hours to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword: Braised Chicken Thighs, Potatoes Porcini and Dried Cherries
Servings: 4


  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 11 cloves garlic 8 whole and 3 crushed
  • 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 8 large chicken thighs 2 lbs
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes sliced 1/8" thick
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • Kosher salt


  • In a 1-1/2 quart saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil. Add the whole garlic cloves and cook over low heat until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • While the garlic broth cooks, add 1 tablespoon canola oil to a large cast iron skillet and allow to heat up. Season the chicken with salt and cook over moderate heat until golden brown all over, about 10 minutes total. Remove chicken to a platter.
  • Let the skillet cool down and remove all but 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place the sliced potatoes in the bottom of the skillet, slightly overlapping. Set the chicken on top of the potatoes, skin side down.
  • Strain the garlic broth into a bowl and discard garlic. In another bowl, whisk 1 cup of the garlic broth with the sour cream. Stir in the porcini mushrooms. Season with salt. The remaining garlic broth will not be used. Pour the garlic sauce over the chicken and potatoes.
  • Scatter cherries and crushed garlic on top of the chicken and potatoes.
  • Roast the chicken for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven to 300 degrees F and roast for about 45 minutes longer or until the chicken registers done. Remove the skillet from the oven and turn on the broiler, setting the rack 6 inches from the top. Turn the chicken skin side up. Cook until golden brown and crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. Watch carefully. Serve immediately.


Serving: 4gCalories: 769kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 41gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 251mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 993mgFiber: 3gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 535IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Mary Lou Surgi

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

This recipe is taken directly from Food and Wine Magazine, and written by Bonnie Morales. Why don't you give the credit?

Julie Menghini

Thursday 9th of November 2023

If you would have read the post before commenting, you would have seen that I did.

Sally T

Saturday 30th of May 2020

The thigh is by far my favorite piece. Who would not fall in love with this mouth watering dish?


Thursday 1st of October 2015

This looks so delicious. I always have a package of chicken thighs in the freezer and am always looking for another way of cooking them. Thank you. This recipe is on my next chicken thigh dish. P.S. your images and styling are fabulous! Hope to see more of your work on FB Food Styling.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Shirley, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your kind comments. I truly loved this dish. It's amazing the sauce that it creates. I've got to put back on my menu soon! I love food photography, but I am still learning, so your comments are so special to me.

Tracy @ Served From Scratch

Thursday 21st of May 2015

I love this!! I'm always looking for new fun and delicious ways to cook chicken thighs- definitely trying this soon!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 21st of May 2015

Thank you Tracy! It was delicious. I love chicken thighs too and the sauce that surrounded the potatoes was so good.

J Seaton

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

The thighs are absolutely the best part of the bird, and this looks like a great way to use them!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

Thank you! You are right! I never gave undercooked or dry chicken thighs.

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