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The flavors of sweet-tart cider and salty bacon add cozy, fall flavor to this easy one-pan chicken and veggie meal.


  • 6 slices meaty bacon, chopped 1/2-inch dice
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 large shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 16-18 large Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • Freshly-grated nutmeg, about 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1 1/2 cups cloudy cider or hard cider
  • About 1/4 cup grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped


Serves: 4


Heat a large skillet, cast-iron or other, over medium-high heat, then render bacon 3-4 minutes and remove to paper or kitchen towel. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan, add chicken and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes or so, remove, then add shallots and sprouts cut-side down, cook 5-6 minutes, then toss a couple of minutes more while you whisk up sauce.

In a bowl, whisk up cider or hard cider, mustard, maple syrup and thyme.

Nest the chicken into the sprouts and shallots and pour sauce over, then partially cover and simmer 10-12 minutes more.