Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Chicken thighs with a creamy mustard sauce in a cast iron skillet
Prep Time
45 min
4 servings

Using a high quality Dijon mustard makes this dish ideal for simple family meals or entertaining guests.



medium bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (2 1/4 lbs)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Good olive oil
cups halved and thinly sliced yellow onions (2 onions)
tbsp dry white wine
ounce creme fraiche
tbsp good Dijon mustard
tsp whole-grain mustard
tbsp chopped fresh parsley


Step 1

Place the chicken thighs on a cutting board, skin side up, and pat them dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn them over and sprinkle them with one more teaspoon of salt.

Step 2

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large (11 to 12-inch) cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan in one layer, skin side down. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes without moving, until the skin is golden brown. (If the skin gets too dark, turn the heat to medium low.) Turn the chicken pieces with tongs, add the onions to the pan, including under the chicken, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring the onions occasionally, until the thighs are cooked to 155 to 160ºF and the onions are browned. Transfer the chicken (not the onions) to a plate and allow to rest uncovered while you make the sauce. If the onions aren’t browned, cook them for another minute.

Step 3

Add the wine, creme fraiche, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, and 1 teaspoon salt to the skillet and stir over medium heat for one minute. Return the chicken, skin side up, and the juices to the skillet, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot.

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