Food Recipes Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa 4.6 (11) 3 Reviews File this cooking method under "Smartest Back-Pocket Chicken Recipes." By Anna Theoktisto Anna Theoktisto Anna Theoktisto is a recipe tester and developer who's been working in the Dotdash Meredith test kitchens since 2017. Her recipes and writing have appeared in more than 10 nationally distributed print publications, as well as on various digital platforms. Anna's recipes have been showcased on the covers of magazines such as Food & Wine and Southern Living. Anna earned her BS in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida, and a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier Birmingham chapter. She has 10 years of experience developing recipes. When not in the kitchen, Anna enjoys hiking with her son, husband, and two dogs. She also loves fostering puppies for a local animal rescue group. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on August 13, 2022 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email File this cooking method under “Smartest Back-Pocket Chicken Recipes.” Roasting the thighs in a hot oven means you can get evenly cooked, juicy meat and still have crispy skin on top, all without having to splatter your cooktop. While the chicken cooks, you’ll make a quick, buttery balsamic glaze that balances the rich chicken and a tart cherry salsa. Speaking of the salsa, it’s the kind of fresh take on a side that is as good a match for chicken as it is with white fish, steak, or even crispy tofu. Get the recipe: Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa. Photo: Greg DuPree Hands On Time: 20 mins Total Time: 45 mins Yield: 4 serves Jump to Nutrition Facts Roasting the thighs in a hot oven means you can get evenly cooked, juicy meat and still have crispy skin on top, all without having to splatter your cooktop. While the chicken cooks, you'll make a quick, buttery balsamic glaze that balances the rich chicken and a tart cherry salsa. Speaking of the salsa, it's the kind of fresh take on a side that is as good a match for chicken as it is with white fish, steak, or even crispy tofu. Ingredients 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, patted dry 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided 1 ¼ teapoons kosher salt, divided 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 small shallots, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 1 teaspoon honey 8 ounces fresh cherries, pitted and chopped (1 cups) ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons bottled balsamic glaze Directions Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon each pepper and salt. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Working in batches, add chicken to skillet, skin side down, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer, skin side up, to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix shallots, lemon juice, honey, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Let stand 10 minutes; stir in cherries, parsley, and thyme. Stir butter, balsamic glaze, and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper in a separate small bowl. Serve chicken topped with balsamic glaze and cherry salsa. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 399 Calories 19g Fat 16g Carbs 41g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 399 % Daily Value * Total Fat 19g 24% Saturated Fat 7g 37% Cholesterol 228mg 76% Sodium 774mg 34% Total Carbohydrate 16g 6% Total Sugars 12g Protein 41g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.