Seared Chicken Thighs with Cipollini Onions & Kumquats

Seared Chicken Thighs

with Cipollini Onions & Kumquats

50 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Cipollini onions are a famously sweet variety with a distinctive broad shape. In a nod to a traditional Italian side dish, we’re preparing them “agrodolce” style—cooking them with a splash of balsamic vinegar, whose fruity tang balances their flavor. Tossed with fregola sarda pasta, the onions perfectly complement our chicken, which we’re serving in a bright sauce of golden raisins and kumquats—a unique citrus fruit whose thin, edible peel carries intense flavor.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    510 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel the onions; cut into bite-sized wedges. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems and roughly chop half the leaves, keeping the remaining leaves whole. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Thinly slice the kumquats into rounds; remove and discard the seeds. Roughly chop the almonds.

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the onions & finish the pasta:
3 Cook the onions & finish the pasta:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Add the vinegar (be careful, as the vinegar may splatter) and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta. Add the chopped parsley; drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Cook the chicken:
4 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Working in batches, add the seasoned chicken in a single, even layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes per batch, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. Set aside in a warm place.

Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Add the raisins and shallot to the pan of reserved fond; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened and fragrant. Add the kumquats and ¼ cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid is thickened and saucy. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished pasta and cooked chicken between 4 dishes. Top with the sauce. Garnish with the almonds and whole parsley leaves. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel the onions; cut into bite-sized wedges. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems and roughly chop half the leaves, keeping the remaining leaves whole. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Thinly slice the kumquats into rounds; remove and discard the seeds. Roughly chop the almonds.

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the pasta:
Cook the onions & finish the pasta:
3 Cook the onions & finish the pasta:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly browned and softened. Add the vinegar (be careful, as the vinegar may splatter) and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta. Add the chopped parsley; drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the chicken:

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Working in batches, add the seasoned chicken in a single, even layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes per batch, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook the chicken:
Make the sauce:
5 Make the sauce:

Add the raisins and shallot to the pan of reserved fond; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened and fragrant. Add the kumquats and ¼ cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid is thickened and saucy. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished pasta and cooked chicken between 4 dishes. Top with the sauce. Garnish with the almonds and whole parsley leaves. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:
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