Melissa Clark's Chicken Thighs w/ Jammy Tomatoes
I love Melissa Clark, she is a national treasure.
She is a frequent New York Times Food writer and her cookbooks are terrific. I love Dinner: Changing the Game for weeknight inspo.
She certainly changes the game here with these boneless chicken thighs, creating a jammy sauce w/ pancetta and sweet cherry tomatoes.
I was a good girl and followed the directions to a T and served this along with couscous (rice would be good too).
It was a bright spot on an otherwise boring day.
Melissa Clark's Chicken Thighs w/ Jammy Tomatoes & Pancetta: (adapted from the NYT)
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used a 10 pack)
9 whole unpeeled garlic cloves (save 1 for the sauce)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon pimenton (smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pint cherry tomatoes (preferably different colors), halved
2 ounces diced pancetta or bacon
1/4 cup torn fresh dill, parsley or other herbs, for serving
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425F.
The recipe calls for cooking on a sheet pan, but I had just cleaned my oven, and I KNEW that this would be a disaster, so I chose a baking/roasting pan with sides instead....but feel free to use a sheet pan.
Lay the thighs (remember, boneless, skinless here) on or in the pan. Sprinkle with kosher salt & pepper.
Make the sauce:
grate a garlic clove with a microplane (the best way to add raw garlic to dressings, trust me), add in the lemon juice, sugar and spices.
Pour sauce over chicken thighs (I marinated this in the am for best results).
Scatter the rest of the smashed garlic cloves and halved cherry tomatoes around the chicken. Sprinkle more kosher salt on the tomatoes.
Place the chopped bacon on TOP of the dish (don't add the sauce to the bacon or it won't crisp up).
Last step: drizzle a little more olive oil on top of the tomatoes and chicken.
Roast 35 minutes, depending on the size of your thighs (don't answer that).
When you take the dish out of the oven, smash the tomatoes with the garlic to make a yummy pan sauce. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.