Death Row Chicken, a meal worthy of being your last!

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One of the dishes that I made for Sunday Cafe was this chicken dish, adapted from those RecipeAddicts, Carla and Michael. The actual post for the delightfully titled dish, for the time being, is a victim of the great Blogger Crash of 2011. This version was part of our dinner and everyone raved.

Death Row Chicken, a meal worthy of being your last!
Death Row Chicken

Death Row Chicken
adapted from: RecipeAddicts

8-10 chicken thighs, with skin on and bone-in
butter, rendered lard- for browning

1 pound of mushrooms, sliced
3 - 4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 T butter (or more, it will depend on the mushrooms)
1/4 c Balsamic vinegar
2 C rich chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste

*dry white wine if needed
2 large hands full of baby spinach leaves

Serve with suggestions:  rice, pasta or mashed potatoes

Brown your chicken thighs in the butter or rendered lard (bacon fat would also be good here). A deep rich dark brown is what you want to achieve on the skin, turn over and brown the other side. When all chicken is browned, remove it to a large flat baking pan, 9X13 or 12X15 as needed for the chicken to fit without overcrowding. There should be a small amount of room around each piece of chicken, so the stock and mushrooms surround the meat.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Drain excess fat from the pan, do not discard the portion that has the sought after brown bits of flavor. To the pan, add 2 T butter, the minced garlic, and the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms to a golden brown, scraping the golden bits from the bottom of the pan. When the mushrooms release their juices, this will help deglaze the pan. Add the chicken stock, vinegar, and salt, and pepper to taste.

Carefully pour pan sauce over chicken, then make sure all the mushroom slices are down in the stock mixture. Important: the stock mixture should not cover the chicken, the goal is to have the skin continue to bake in the oven and remain crispy.  Bake 45 minutes.

Carefully remove chicken from the stock, place it on a large serving platter. Return to the oven to keep warm if desired.

Pour pan juices back into the skillet used to brown the chicken, and reduce the stock by about half. The pan gravy will have coat the back of a spoon. *I let my pan reduce too long and added back a bit of white wine for the proper consistency. Add the spinach and simmer briefly until tender.

Spoon the sauce over the chicken, serve with pride.


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  1. Thank you so much Melynda. This sounds delicious. The pork is getting cooked up tomorrow and not too much late it will "Melynda's Chicken" care.

  2. YUM!! Can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

  3. Love the title of this recipe. I use chicken thighs all the time, I prefer them over the breasts. They're always so juicy and tender. And CRISPY skin is the best!

  4. I have thighs in the freezer! Doing this next weekend. Thanks honey pie!

  5. Looks delicious, it may be ultimate meal.

  6. OMG, Melynda - I love this dish. If this was the very last meal I ever ate, I would die an extremely happy woman, so perfectly named dish :-)
    Sue xo

  7. Hi Melynda,
    I would gladly have this for my last meal, it looks delish! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  8. Love the title! I am definitely going to give this recipe a try! I'm so glad to be hosting the Hearth and Soul Hop with you.

  9. Hahaha!! The name of the recipe is my favorite part!! Looks fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  10. Great title for this, it will be fun serving it, as well as delicious. Can't wait.

  11. Saw this on Hearth and Soul today.

    Looks very tasty with all of those mushrooms and garlic.

  12. if they were serving this in prison, i am afraid the crime rates would soar! this does look incredible..thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  13. I still love the name of this recipe! Thanks for sharing it with the Gallery of Favorites!


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