Braised Chicken Thighs with Autumn Vegetables

Serve this hearty stew in a bowl to best enjoy the sauce.

Braised Chicken Thighs with Autumn Vegetables
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 slice bacon, cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 12 chicken thighs (bone in, skin on), excess skin and fat removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups dry white wine
  • 5 cups homemade or low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 parsnips (about 6 ounces), peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 3 medium carrots (about 8 ounces), peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 12 Brussels sprouts (about 8 ounces), trimmed
  • 12 pearl onions, peeled (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
In a large, heavy, flameproof casserole over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the bacon and cook until light golden, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Increase the heat to medium high and arrange the chicken thighs, skin side down, in a single layer with space between them. (You may have to do this in two batches.) Season with salt and pepper and cook until light golden, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan. Turn the heat to medium, add the chopped onion, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
Increase the heat to medium high. Return the chicken and bacon to the pan. Add the wine, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the pan, cover with foil, and set aside. Add the parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and pearl onions (if using), to the stock. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables from the pan. Turn the heat to high and reduce the broth until 2-1/2 to 3 cups remain, about 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mash together the flour and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter with a fork to make a paste. Bring the liquid to a boil. Whisk the flour and butter paste into the broth, simmering until the liquid thickens slightly and coats a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, heat the sauce over medium-high heat until it's just simmering. Add the chicken and the vegetables and heat thoroughly for a few minutes. Serve the chicken and vegetables with plenty of the sauce and garnish with the parsley.
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