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Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

Rated as 4.61 out of 5 Stars

"I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple."
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1 h 30 m servings 287
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large oven-safe or cast-iron skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels. When cool, crumble bacon; leave bacon drippings in the skillet.
  3. Whisk flour, kosher salt, and smoked paprika together in a bowl. Coat chicken thighs in the seasoned flour and brown on both sides in the hot bacon fat over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side; transfer chicken to a plate. Drain bacon grease except for 1 tablespoon; cook and stir onion and apple until onion is translucent and apple is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir red cabbage and bacon into onion-apple mixture, sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt, and cook, stirring often, until cabbage is softened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Pour red wine vinegar and red wine into skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon and bring cabbage mixture to a boil; cook until sauce is reduced by half, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Arrange chicken thighs on top of cabbage in the skillet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cabbage is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).


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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 287 calories; 11 23.9 22.5 74 295 Full nutrition

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I love this recipe for it's simplicity. It's so easy to throw together (in one pot no less) and my guests enjoyed it with their beer. I threw in some caraway seeds to go with the German theme....

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Where to begin? I'd like to see the frying pan that can hold an onion, an apple, and a head of cabbage, let alone 2 lb of chicken thighs. If I'd read the recipe through, I would have halved it...

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I love this recipe for it's simplicity. It's so easy to throw together (in one pot no less) and my guests enjoyed it with their beer. I threw in some caraway seeds to go with the German theme....

OMG. my family loved this.I doubled the recipe and did not put in the cinnamin.. My family is hard to please, and all of them loved it, and my husband had two plates..You have to try it

I made this of a Oktoberfest party last year . And it was a big hit. I'll be making this recipe again this Oktoberfest. I make it the day before the party and put it in aluminum pans. Then just ...

This recipe is surprisingly good! The chicken wasn't very crispy when all was said and done, but I'm not surprised...I might cook it separately next time. Other than that, I made the recipe al...

I would definitely make this again! I would not bread the chicken next time though. I would just season and cook as directed. Thighs have enough flavor without the breading.

My wife and I followed the recipe almost exactly, but made just a couple minor changes. We had a sweeter, spiced red wine open already, so we used that, and then cut back on the brown sugar a l...

Having German heritage this recipe brought back memories of my Grandma's cooking. The chicken was tender and flavorful and the cabbage provided a sweet and sour compliment. I included some roa...

I was a bit skeptical but I really enjoyed this recipe. It was a tiny bit on the sweet side so I might reduce the brown sugar in the future but it was fine as is and I would make it again.