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Chipotle Chicken Thighs with Chunky Guacamole


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  • 8 pieces bone-in chicken thighs
  • Smoked sweet paprika or paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 pound chunk Spanish chorizo, casing removed and crumbled or chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, seeded and finely chopped, plus a tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Tortillas or bread, for mopping
  • Chunky Guacamole
  • 2 slightly under-ripe avocados
  • 2 limes or 1 large ripe lemon, juiced
  • Salt
  • 1 small red or green chile pepper, seeded and very thinly sliced
  • 1 vine-ripe tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped or thinly sliced



Step 1

Season chicken with paprika and salt and pepper, to taste. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil, a couple of turns of the pan, in a Dutch oven or large high-sided skillet with a lid. Add the chicken and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate and spoon off the excess fat. Add the chorizo and brown a couple of minutes, then remove it to a plate. Stir in the carrots, onions, garlic, thyme and chipotle, and cover the pot. Reduce heat a bit, and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and bring to a bubble, then add the chicken and the chorizo back to the pot and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes more to cook through. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for a make-ahead meal.

To reheat, add 1 cup of stock to the chicken in a Dutch oven and cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat, until the sauce bubbles, then gently stir and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.


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