Chicken in Lemon Thyme Gravy
- 3 chicken thighs, preferably non-GMO or organic
- finely-ground Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 Tb refined coconut oil
- For the sauce:
- 1 cup chicken bone broth, preferably homemade
- leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt (or less if your broth is salted)
- 1 Tb arrowroot starch
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 1 Tb butter
- Required equipment - large heavy-bottomed skillet, splatter screen, garlic press
- Debone the chicken thighs. There is a simple tutorial here that shows how to remove the bones. (I save and freeze the chicken thigh bones until I have accumulated enough of them to make a pot of homemade chicken bone broth.)
- Cut the chicken into ~1-inch wide strips. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to combine and break up any lumps from the arrowroot.
- Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the coconut oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet.
- Add the chicken strips to the hot oil, skin-side facing down. Cover with a splatter screen since the chicken skin will pop and sizzle quite a bit while it cooks. Allow the chicken to cook, undisturbed, for about 3 minutes.
- Scrape the skillet with a spatula to loosen up the chicken, and then use tongs to turn the chicken. If the skillet is getting very hot, reduce the heat a bit. Cook for about 2 more minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
- Add the butter and garlic to the skillet and saute just until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Whisk the sauce into the skillet, being sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet to loosen up any tasty tidbits left from the chicken.
- Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for a couple minutes.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and stir to coat. Allow the chicken to re-warm for a minute or two. Turn off heat.
- Serve! Excellent accompaniments for this chicken would be mashed potatoes (recipe coming soon!), a side salad, nutrient-dense white rice, or simple buttered veggies.
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