Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce
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Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

Figs give this sauce an unexpected sweetness that I find very appealing in this cold weather we’re having.  It is a rich, thick sauce with a slight tanginess from the balsamic vinegar. As you know, I live in Guatemala and on this time of year the weather goes down to about 15° C during the day, and about 10° C at night, We have temperatures around 27°C during most of the year, so for us this weather is cold, cold, cold!.

I feel like having hot chocolate and making candy! This weather makes me want to eat things with cheese, having soup with panini and baked goods…. If only my metabolism was what it used to be! (Not that it will stop me) You’ll probably be seeing recipes revolving around those things during the next few months, this time of year really does call for comfort food.

Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

Chicken thighs with Fig Sauce

A The Foodies’ Kitchen Original
Serves 2

2 chicken thighs, with their skins
2 slices of butter
½ white onion, finely chopped
1 thyme spring, chopped
1 rosemary spring, chopped
Salt pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 green apple, grated
½ cup fig preserves
½ cup water
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Clean out any excess fat from the chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper. Lift the skin and put one slice of butter inside it together with the thyme and rosemary.
  2. In a medium sized pan, heat olive oil. Add the chopped onion and place the two thighs skin side down. Let it brown over medium-high heat for about 6 minutes on each side.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar; shake it around to get the thighs covered in it, this will make them nice and brown.
  4. Add the grated apple, fig preserves and water.
  5. Turn heat down to low, and cover the pan. Let it cook for 20 minutes.Serve with rice.

Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Fig Sauce

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  • Reply
    Sarah Spaetzle
    Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 02:04 PM

    This looks tasty! I have a lot of leftover chicken with no sauce to go with it, so I think I’ll try this tomorrow! One question: by fig preserves do you mean dried figs or a fig jam/marmalade? I don’t think we have anything called fig preserves where I live so I wondering how to get a close alternative.

    • Reply
      Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 08:15 PM

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for your comment!
      Yes, we mean like a fig jam/marmalade. Let us know how the recipe turns out!

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