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Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Beer and Grainy Mustard Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness that rounds out the mustard’s bite in this quick pan sauce. Not in the mood for chicken? Try it with pork chops instead.


  • 8 small bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 to 5 oz. each), trimmed of excess skin and fat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup amber lager, such as Dos Equis Ambar
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme; more for garnish
  • 1 Tbs. whole-grain mustard
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 420
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 240
  • Fat (g): 27
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 125
  • Sodium (mg): 480
  • Carbohydrates (g): 9
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 32


  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, set a large rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 475°F. Season the chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper.

    Heat the oil in a heavy-duty ovenproof 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Swirl to coat the pan bottom. Arrange the chicken in the pan skin side down in a single layer (it will likely be a snug fit), cover with an ovenproof splatter screen (if you have one) and cook until the skin is deep golden-brown, about 7 minutes. Turn the thighs and transfer the skillet and splatter screen, if using, to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh registers 170°F, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

    Pour off all but 1 Tbs. fat from the skillet. Add the shallots and sauté over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour until combined. Stir in the beer, chicken broth, maple syrup, and thyme. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the skillet with a wooden spoon. Simmer vigorously until reduced to about 1 cup, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard, then the butter. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

    To serve, dip each chicken thigh in the sauce and turn to coat. Arrange 2 thighs on each of 4 plates, spoon additional sauce over them, and garnish with the thyme. Serve immediately.

Serve with Maple Pan-Roasted Baby Carrots.


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Reviews (16 reviews)

  • Krispie | 07/10/2018

    This was an easy meal and very tasty. I will definately make again. I might add a bit more maple syrup as it wasn’t quite as sweet as I had hoped.

  • KimAC | 08/22/2015

    Similar to some of the other reviews, I thought the sauce was somewhat bitter, maybe because of the kind of beer I used (Dale's Pale Ale). So added a bit more maple syrup and a couple of splashes of heavy cream...helped mellow out the sauce.

  • user-410440 | 01/31/2015

    Made with steamed cabbage and the sauce went well mixed with that. My husband went back for seconds!

  • jennifay | 01/07/2015

    easy and delicious. will be a regular in our dinner rotation.

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