Playing Red Wine Roast Chicken Thighs on Bread
  • 8 chicken thighs, skin off, bone-in
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • A few sprigs each sage, rosemary plus 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • A few juniper berries (optional)
  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices crusty peasant bread
  • 1 pound spinach or Swiss chard
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

Place chicken, garlic, sage and rosemary sprigs, juniper berries (if using), carrot, celery, onion, bay and wine in a shallow dish or plastic food storage bag. Seal or cover and marinate overnight.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Pat chicken dry and strain the wine, reserve. Season the chicken with salt, coarse black pepper and chopped rosemary. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil, a turn of the pan. Brown the chicken thighs on both sides and remove to plate. Add 2 tablespoons more oil and melt 2 tablespoons butter into oil. Brush the bread with oil and butter on both sides, add the bread to pan and brown the bread on 1 side; turn. Top the bread with the chicken, 2 thighs per slice of peasant bread then pour the wine evenly overtop of the chicken and bread. Place in oven and roast 20 minutes.

In second skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, a turn of the pan, add spinach or chard and wilt, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Serve chicken and bread with wilted greens alongside.