Braised Chicken Thighs with Rosemary and Bacon

Delicious and quick, with ingredients usually on hand. Very savory, and a good way to extend a recipe for a family. My husband absolutely loved this! He had seconds, I had to save a piece back for me to take for lunch to work! Good served with hot noodles or rice to absorb the sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 3 slices bacon

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic, or to taste

  • 1 pound bone-in, skinless chicken thighs

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ½ cup white wine

  • ¼ sprig minced fresh rosemary, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


  1. Place bacon in a large frying pan and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and snip into bits.

  2. Drain bacon grease from the pan and add olive oil and butter to the same pan. Add garlic and brown slightly over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt, and pepper; brown until chicken is staring to crisp but is not too done, about 8 minutes. Remove chicken and drain on a paper towel.

  3. Drain most of the oil and butter from the pan, leaving just a small amount for flavor. Add chicken broth, tomato paste, wine, and bacon bits; bring to a boil.

  4. Remove a small amount of boiling liquid to a bowl and stir in flour. Pour back into the skillet and whisk until it thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in rosemary. Reduce heat to low and return chicken thighs to the skillet. Cover and simmer until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 20 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

This recipe is very adaptable to variations; herbs, garlic or not, tomato addition or not. But, it's so good, I always use the tomato addition.

You can use dried rosemary instead of fresh, and any tomato product for tomato paste, such as tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, even Bloody Mary mix.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
21g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 636mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 526mg 11%

* 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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