Braised Chicken & Savory Peaches



  • 3 medium-ripe peaches pitted and cut into wedges

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 1/2 tbsp spiced dark run (optional)

  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar

  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped

  • Pinch Kosher salt

  • Pinch granulated sugar


  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus a little more, as needed

  • 1 oz thinly sliced prosciutto cut crosswise into thin strips

  • 3 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 6 to 8)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 – 2 medium leeks white and light green parts only, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups of the marinated peaches drained, with marinade reserved

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp capers drained

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon leaves coarsely chopped



  1. Gently combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, and up to 24 hours. (After marinating, you can refrigerate them for up to 1 day).


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Heat oil in a Dutch Oven or other heavy-duty pot over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside. If the pan is dry, add a little more oil.

  3. Season the chicken lightly on all sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides – about 12 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot and then add the leek(s) and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the reserved marinade and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid thickens, about 2 minutes. Add the stock, season lightly with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.

  5. Arrange the chicken in the pot, skin side up, and return to a boil, and then transfer the pot to the oven to braise, uncovered, until the chicken cooks through, about 25 minutes. Take the pot out of the oven, and turn the broiler on high. Transfer the chicken, skin side up, to a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

  6. Simmer the sauce in the pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about to half – about 10 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the capers and peaches; cook until heated through. Stir in the butter until it melts, then stir in 1 tablespoon of the tarragon and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  7. Meanwhile, broil the chicken until the skin is crisp, about 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot, or transfer it to a large platter and spoon the sauce over it. Garnish with the prosciutto and the remaining tarragon leaves.

| Adapted from Kris Longwell/How to Feed a Loon