Basque-Style Chicken with Chorizo

D'Artagnan | Yield: Serves 4 | Cook Time: About 1 hour
This comforting Basque-style chicken recipe is quickly braised with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chorizo sausage. The saucy dish is like sunshine in a bowl! Serve with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the spicy broth.
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Duck Fat
  • 4 Organic Air-Chilled Chicken Thighs
  • 4 Organic Air-Chilled Chicken Drumsticks
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons piment d’Espelette, divided use
  • 4 links Chorizo Sausage, cut in half lengthwise then into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1 can whole tomatoes, about 14 ounces, coarsely chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Preparation

  1. Heat duck fat in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of piment d’Espelette. Working in batches, sear the chicken until nicely browned, about 4 minutes each side. Remove chicken to a rimmed plate. Pour off all but about 2-3 tablespoons of fat.
  2. To the same pan, add the chorizo; sauté until browned and slightly crisp, about 4 minutes. Remove chorizo with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. To the same pan add onion, garlic, red pepper, yellow pepper and remaining piment d’Espelette; sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Carefully add wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan; cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and their juice; cook about 2 minutes. Stir in chicken stock and thyme. Raise heat to high and cook until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Lower heat to maintain a simmer. Stir in chorizo. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if desired. Place chicken pieces and any accumulated juices into the pan, nestling the chicken into the mixture, skin-side-up. Cook, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Garnish with parsley before serving with crusty bread.

Recipe tips: If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove chicken pieces to a sheet pan after they're finished cooking in step 4 and raise heat to high, cooking the sauce until it's thickened to your liking. If you prefer a crispy skin on your chicken, while sauce is thickening, place chicken under a broiler on high, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes.