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Cider-Braised Chicken with Figs and Caramelized Onions

This recipe uses the natural sweetness of figs and onions, and pairs it with cider and balsamic vinegars to create an elegant-tasting, sweet-tart dish. Adapted from a recipe by Canadian Living 2007 Cook of the Year 3rd prize winner.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min


8 oz dried figs, preferably Mission
2 cups apple cider
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 onion(s), large, thinly sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ginger, freshly grated
1 ½ tsp thyme, fresh, chopped
12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
thyme, fresh, for garnish

Food Safety

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  1. Cut figs in half; trim off tips. In bowl, toss figs with ¼ cup (50 mL) of the cider; set aside.

  2. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of the oil and butter over medium heat; fry onions and sugar, stirring often, until translucent and golden, about 14 minutes. Stir in garlic and half of the lemon juice; fry for 1 minute. Add to fig mixture along with ginger and chopped thyme. Set aside.

  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken, turning once. Add vinegar and remaining cider and lemon juice; bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Add fig mixture; simmer until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to warmed serving platter and keep warm.

  4. Increase heat to high; boil until thickened to consistency of syrup, about 6 minutes. Spoon sauce over chicken.

  5. Garnish with thyme sprigs.

Nutrition Info

Per 300 g serving Amount
Protein23 g
Fat13 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate26 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar20 g
Cholesterol100 mg
Sodium320 mg
Per 300 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A4
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B628
Vitamin B1220