Chicken Escabeche

Traditionally, an escabeche is marinated overnight and served cold the next day. This flavor-packed quicker version is immediately gratifying. Popular in Spain and France, escabeche loosely translates as "pickle." It's commonly made with fish.

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  • Servings: 4
Chicken Escabeche

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), quartered
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/3 cup red- or white-wine vinegar
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/2 cup natural almonds, coarsely chopped and toasted
  • 2 oranges, peel and pith removed, flesh cut into segments, juice squeezed from membranes and reserved


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken, skin side down, until browned and crisp, 4 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, skin side up. Bake until chicken is cooked through, 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, wipe out skillet and heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar, broth, and currants; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid reduces by three-quarters, 12 minutes. Stir in almonds, and orange segments and juice. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve.


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