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Chicken with Caramelised Onions and Croutons

You need just a handful of basic ingredients to create this deeply flavoursome midweek meal of juicy chicken with caramelised onions and crunchy croutons. This "no-recipe" recipe is designed to be flexible, so trust your instincts when it comes to quantities.

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My pal, the great New York Times food reporter Julia Moskin, gave me this recipe one day in an instant message when I confessed I had no idea what to make for dinner that night. Now I make this all the time.

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Chicken thighs
Wine or chicken stock
Good bread
Bitter salad greens


Scatter a bunch of sliced onion and shallots across the oiled bottom of a large pan, then put a bunch of bone-in chicken thighs on top of them, skin-side up. Season the thighs with salt and pepper, then slide the pan into a 425°F/220°C oven to roast until the chicken is crisp on top and cooked through, about 35 minutes. Shake the pan every so often, and add wine or stock if the onion is browning too fast. Meanwhile, make some croutons from good, chewy olive oil–tossed bread cubes, toasting them in a pan until golden or in the oven on a sheet pan alongside the chicken. They can be cut or torn up—no matter. When everything’s done, put the salad greens on a warm platter, top with the croutons, dump the contents of the roasting pan over the top, and arrange the chicken on top of that. Boy howdy.

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