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Serves 2

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We generally only buy Chicken Thighs. For us, they’re the juiciest, most flavorful part of the bird. With skin on and bone in, they roast in an oven, or saute in a cast iron pan to perfection- that is, if they’re not overcooked. I remove them when the internal temperature is about 140F. They wil continue to cook internally while resettling. I also add a Buttery mixture under the skin, Curry or Dijon, whatever suits your fancy. Try it this way and see if you don’t experience a terrific dinner of Chicken with roasted Fennel.


2 8-Ounce Chicken Thighs (skin on & bone in)
2 TB of softened Butter
1 TB of Curry (mild, medium or hot, to your taste)
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
A dash of Paprika
1 TB of EVOO + 1 TB of Butter (for the pan)
1 Head of Fennel


1. Slice a Fennel into 3/4″ pieces vertically. Add them in a single layer to a sheet pan. Coat them with EVOO, Salt & Pepper.

2. Heat the oven to 450F & add the sheet pan of Fennel. Roast for 30 minutes or until the Fennel is tender & has taken on color.
Remove & keep warm.

3. Whisk together 2 TB of softened Butter with 1 TB of Curry into a smooth paste. Carefully lift the skin of the Thighs & with a butter spreader, add about a TB under the skin. Season with Salt & Pepper & set aside.

4. We used an electric frying pan heated to 350F. If you don’t have one, you can use a cast iron frying pay. Add 1 TB of EVOO & 1/2 TB of Butter. Add the Thighs, skin side down & grill for 10 minutes or until the skin has crisped & browned. Turn them over & continue to cook for 10 minutes more, partially covering the pan to keep in the heat. When your instant thermometer reads 140F, remove to a platter.

5. On each plate, Add one or two Fennel slices & a Chicken Thigh. Spoon the pan Butter Curry sauce on & around the Thigh.

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