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Lemon Chicken with Jerusalem Artichokes Recipe

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This Mid-East inspired dish uses plenty of garlic, saffron, basil and pine nuts to flavor the chicken and sunchokes. The cream may be omitted to suit dietary needs.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 1/2 pound Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), peeled
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Hot, cooked rice


Finely grate 1 teaspoon of zest from the lemon and set aside. Juice both of the lemons (discarding pulp) and set aside.

Place a large, deep, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Place skin-side down in the hot pan and quickly brown them, turning only once. Remove to a plate and keep warm.

Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, chicken broth, and saffron to the skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen any browned bits. Add Jerusalem artichokes, and garlic cloves. Return chicken to the skillet, along with any accumulated juices.

Reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes, until chicken and sunchokes are tender. Stir in cream and thyme leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning, if need be. Return to a simmer and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle with pine nuts to garnish.

Yield: 4 servings
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 5 out of 5
simple dinner, Member mycb

This recipe reminds me of the quick and easy recipes in Gourmet. We will definitely cook this again. We used 5 pieces of skinless thighs and had to use fresh sage instead of thyme since that was what was available out of the garden. The tanginess of the lemon works really well with the saffron and the sunchokes were absolutely delicious. Next time we will cut the chokes into slightly smaller pieces overall since the larger ones were a little crunchy. We had this with a licorice herbal tea and the flavors went really well together.

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