Chicken Thighs in Rhubarb Sauce

This is one of my favorite savory dishes with rhubarb - the sauce is fruity yet peppery.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
4 servings


  • 4 chicken leg quarters, cut into thighs and drumsticks

  • salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

  • ½ tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 pound rhubarb, peeled and chopped

  • 4 tablespoons honey, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon saffron

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth, or as needed


  1. Season chicken pieces with salt.

  2. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken until browned on all sides, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  3. Add onions to the skillet; cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Season with turmeric, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook until lightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add rhubarb, honey, lime juice, and saffron; mix well. Return chicken to the skillet.

  4. Pour in chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until chicken is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Season with salt.

Cook's Note:

Adjust seasoning to your personal taste - add more honey, if you like it sweeter, use curry powder instead of saffron and turmeric, or add extra chili powder for spice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
17g Fat
36g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1038mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 27mg 134%
Calcium 175mg 13%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 900mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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