Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Smashed Potatoes Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Smashed Potatoes

Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Smashed Potatoes Image by: Jodi Pudge Author: Gilean Watts and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Bone-in skin-on chicken thighs are a bargain at the grocery store, plus they're so much juicier than boneless thighs or breasts. Look for smaller thighs to ensure they cook quickly; if they're on the larger side, they may need a few extra minutes.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings


  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (about 450 g total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 Gala apples , cored and cut in 1/2-inch thick wedges
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry hard cider
  • 3/4 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
Smashed Potatoes:
  • 800 g red-skinned potatoes , scrubbed and cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Pinch each salt and pepper


Chicken: Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper. In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning once, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plate. Set aside.

In same pan, heat half of the remaining oil over medium-high heat; cook apples, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to separate plate. Set aside.

In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, garlic and thyme, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in cider; cook, scraping up browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. 

Stir in broth, mustard and remaining salt and pepper; bring to boil. Add chicken and any accumulated juices. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 18 minutes.

Transfer chicken to clean plate. Discard thyme. Whisk flour with 1 tbsp water; add to sauce and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in apples.

Smashed Potatoes: Meanwhile, in large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes; drain and return to pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add milk, butter, thyme, salt and pepper; coarsely mash together. Serve with apple mixture and chicken.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 6 g
  • Sodium 1047 mg
  • Sugars 14 g
  • Protein 22 g
  • Calories 566
  • Total fat 30 g
  • Potassium 1215 mg
  • Cholesterol 98 mg
  • Saturated fat 10 g
  • Total carbohydrate 51 g


  • Iron 21
  • Folate 20
  • Calcium 9
  • Vitamin A 11
  • Vitamin C 58
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Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Smashed Potatoes