Chicken thigh atop Cajun stew with crispy skin garnish

‘Kind of Cajun’ Chicken Thighs with Crispy Chicken Skins

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


A delicious one pot dinner of chicken thighs cooked in a Chorizo and Cajun inspired stew then topped with crispy chicken skins. #onepot #chorizo #chickenrecipes #midweekmeals #familydinners



  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot (finely chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves (finely chopped)
  • 2 green chilis
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 12 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 12 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (crushed)
  • 100 g/3.5 spicy Spanish Chorizo (chopped)
  • 1 cup/240 ml white wine
  • 1 cup/240 ml chicken broth
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 250 g/~9 oz okra (about 10-12) (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  1. In a medium to large pot, heat 1-2 tbsp of oil over low to med heat and add chopped Chorizo.
  2. When the oil has taken on the color of the chorizo, add onion, carrot, celery, green chilis and garlic.  Continue cooking on medium to low heat until the vegetables are soft then add thyme, oregano, bay leaves and paprika.
  3. Meanwhile, pull chicken skin off the thighs and set aside.
  4. Cook the spices and Chorizo veg mix for a minute or two then add 1 cup of wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  5. When the wine has reduced slightly, add stewed tomatoes (if tomatoes are whole, make sure to crush the tomatoes by hand before adding them) and chicken broth and bring to a low boil.
  6. When the mixture is bubbling, add chopped okra and skinless chicken thighs making sure the meat is fully submerged in the sauce.
  7. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for 30 min.
  8. While chicken is cooking in the stew, transfer the chicken skins to an oven sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper (season only if not already brined, if skins are brined then do not season) and cook in the oven on 200C/400F until crispy (about 10-15 min).
  9. When chicken is fully cooked, season to taste with salt and pepper and thicken with cornstarch mixed with 4 tbsp water.
  10. Spoon chicken and sauce over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.
  11. Garnish with crispy chicken skin and enjoy!

  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: simmering
  • Cuisine: Western

Keywords: Crispy Chicken skin, chicken thighs, chorizo, cajun, okra, one pot meals

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