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Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta

Have you ever tried polenta? I haven’t. That’s a big part of why I chose this Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta recipe. I came to a startling realization while I was reading over this recipe: polenta is just yellow grits. But it came out a whole LOT more Southern in my head! More like: Dang, it’s just yellla grits! Y’all, I have never felt so cultured and sophisticated ­čśéNevertheless, I’m finally giving polenta a try. It might not be as fancy as I imagined, but I’m still looking forward to this savory dish.

The best part of this meal is how cheap and easy it is to make in under an hour. The chicken is tender with rustic mushroom flavor and wine.

Recipe Author: Tux Loerzel at Honest Cooking
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The Ingredients

As promised, the ingredients for this recipe were cheap. It’s full of basics like chicken thighs, flour, and milk. I had to buy most of the ingredients, but this meal certainly didn’t break the bank. I even managed to find presliced mushrooms to cut down on some of the work (I used a mix of white and baby bella).

Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta Ingredients
Chicken thighs, sliced mushrooms, salt, pepper, coarse cornmeal, flour, onion, chicken broth, milk, grated parmesan, white wine, butter, and thyme

The Process

My braised chicken thighs were ready in 52 minutes, keeping the author’s other promise that this meal would be ready in under an hour. Most of that time was spent actively prepping, stirring, and sauteeing, so be prepared to be in the kitchen the entire time.

Things went according to the instructions for the most part, although I was afraid I ruined the chicken thighs. As you can see below, searing them on high heat for 5 minutes per side in my cast iron pan┬áburned the skin on 3 out of 4 pieces. Medium-high heat or a few minutes less might be more appropriate. Of course, this could be a quirk of my stove or a difference between gas and electric–I’m not completely sure.

All was not lost though and turned the heat down a bit for the other side of the chicken and to saute the mushrooms and onions. Once I had the chicken, mushrooms, and liquid in the pan to finish cooking at Step 3, I noticed the liquid reduced very quickly. It doesn’t say to cover the pan, but I popped on a lid┬áto capture the steam and save what liquid was left. I’m happy to say it worked, and I had some sauce when cooking was done.

While all this was going on, I got the polenta going. It was super easy and just like making grits. Just be sure to stir regularly to keep things from getting lumpy and sticking to the bottom of the pan. My non-stick saucepan helped a lot, but I still had to keep an eye on things.

The chicken thighs after browning on high for 5 minutes per side
The chicken thighs after browning on high heat for 5 minutes per side

So how was it?

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Simple, inexpensive ingredients can make an incredible meal, and these Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta are proof of it! This meal was a juicy, savory, creamy wonder. The recipe was easy to follow with only a few hiccups that I was able to overcome. You might need to use lower heat settings to prevent the chicken skin from burning, but even that didn't ruin the taste. In fact, braising the chicken softened the skin and I enjoyed the taste of it with the meat and polenta. Oh, and that polenta! The simple taste paired nicely with the mushrooms and chicken, and I loved the addition of the parmesan cheese. It added just a little extra flavor and creaminess. This recipe is going to become a regular on my menu!
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Hi, I'm Candice, and I'm The Hungry Pinner. I created this blog to share my love for cooking and my experiences with the MANY recipes I've found on Pinterest over the years. Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards and share your Pinterest cooking adventures in the comments section.

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