Roasted chicken thighs is one of my favorite weeknight meals. I eat it at least once a week usually, as it takes literally minutes to prepare before sticking them in the oven to roast. I love seasoning them with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, and letting them roast until the skin is crispy; I usually dip the chicken in either ranch dressing or sugar-free bbq sauce, and love eating my perfect roasted broccoli with it. I wanted to turn one of my favorite dinners into an upscale version that you could easily multiply to serve guests at a holiday party or still make on a Wednesday for your family. This meal is hearty and filling and absolutely delicious, yet is budget-friendly with minimal ingredients.
I let the chicken thighs cook skin-side down in the pan for 5-6 minutes until the skin was golden brown and crispy. While it cooked I seasoned the other side of the thighs with salt and pepper as well. I transferred the chicken to a foil-lined baking sheet and finished cooking them in the oven for 25 minutes.
While the chicken was in the oven, I added the mushrooms to the remainder of the olive oil in the same pan that crisped the chicken and cooked them until they caramelized, about 7 or 8 minutes. At the same time I cooked the bacon in the microwave until crispy, set aside to cool, and then broke it up into bite-sized pieces.
To the mushrooms I added the cooked bacon, heavy cream, salt, and pepper and let it come up to a simmer before reducing the heat to low. I then added the xanthan gum in order to thicken the liquid, though this step is optional if you don’t mind a thinner sauce. Once the xanthan gum was added, I stirred for another 2-3 minutes until it was finished reducing. After the chicken was roasted, I let it sit for about 5 minutes and then added each thigh back into the pan with the sauce. I topped the chicken with the mushroom and bacon mixture for service. This is such a fantastic meal and tastes like something you’d find on a restaurant menu. I appreciate the simplicity of this recipe and love that it has big flavors despite the minimal ingredients.