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3 cups chicken stock, homemade or store-bought organic chicken broth

12 chicken thighs, washed and dried

1/3 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fines herbs

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

Kosher salt

cracked pepper

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 sprig rosemary


Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Place chicken thighs in a baking dish.

Combine Dijon mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and olive oil, and pour over the chicken. Turn the thighs to coat evenly.

Sprinkle on the fines herbs and the fennel seeds; then sprinkle on several pinches of kosher salt and plenty of cracked pepper. Lay the thyme and rosemary on top of chicken.

Cover with aluminum foil, and roast for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and baste with a bulb baster. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and stir to turn up any of the bits that have formed at the bottom of the roasting pan.

Continue to roast with out the foil for 60 minutes more, basting every 15 minutes to keep the chicken super moist. The thighs will turn a beautiful caramel color. If you find that the bottom of the roasting pan is dry, add the rest of the chicken stock. Serve with mashed potatoes!

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  • Kerri

    What do you mean by fine herbs?

    • Kerri, fine herbs are a combination of dried herbs that are blended all together, consisting of rosemary,thyme, oregano, sage, and magoram. Hope this helps. Cristina

  • Angela

    I’m making this right now – I took the foil off after 45 minutes, and there is so much liquid in my pan that I am hesitant to add the 2 cups of stock. I have reread and followed the recipe exactly. I’m using the biggest pan I have, which is a 9×13 enameled cast iron. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Angela, you want as much liquid as possible for the gravy, so don’t be afraid of it and feel free to add it. Keep basting every fifteen minutes. You are not doing anything wrong. Hope this helps. Thanks for writing. Cristina

  • Cristina, where can I buy fine herbs, or better yet can you tell me the ratio to make my own? Thank you. PS I LOVE you on Home and Family and watch you everyday. The show was good before but adding you has made it wonderful. You are my morning fix, even before my coffee. Keep up the excellent work!

    • First thank you for the wonderful words Bethann. You can purchase fine herbs in the dried herb section of your supermarket. If you want to make your own use two tablespoons each of dried oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, fennel, sage, and parsley. Mix all together and keep them in an airtight container. Again thanks and keep watching. Cristina

    • Thank you so much for your immediate response! I am making this today! YUMMY!!!

  • Nicole

    This is the BEST chicken I’ve made. Thank you sooo much for this delicious and super EASY recipe!

    • Nicole so happy you enjoyed it. My family loves this dish. Keep watching. Best Cristina

  • Maggie Griffin

    Roasting for nearly 2 hours seems like a really long time for thighs. I’m sure this is what makes the caramelization so delicious, but is the meat still tender and juicy?