Fresh & Flavorful Summery Citrus Pan Seared Chicken Thighs
You won’t believe the level of summery citrus goodness these chicken thighs deliver. This recipe is simple, but don’t underestimate the flavor punch it’s packing. The perfect way to enjoy chicken thighs on warm nights as we move into the final weeks of summer.
Make sure to use a high heat cooking oil like bison tallow (which we recently restocked a fresh batch of), grass fed ghee or avocado oil. There’s directions included for removing the bones from the chicken thighs for quicker cooking time, but they’ll turn out delicious either way.
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Humanely Raised Chicken Tastes & Feels Better
At Beck & Bulow, we get a lot of satisfaction from converting people away from eating factory farmed meat. It’s good for the planet, our emotional well-being, our health and our future. We believe eating meat is essential for humans to function at optimal health, but this can only be the case if it’s raised and processed the right way. When it comes to chicken, it’s necessary to use the highest discernment in sourcing. We’re proud to provide delicious chicken from a co-op of family farms, locally raised in sunny Colorado.
Never Ever Given Antibiotics, Steroids Or Hormones
These birds are humanely raised and cage free, with plentiful space to roam freely in cozy, well-ventilated barns with access to the outdoors. They enjoy unlimited access to water and nutritious vegetarian food supplemented with enzymes, essential oils and vitamins. The chickens frequently relax in their cozy beds made of wood shavings and rice hulls.
They are a Cobb Hubbard hybrid breed, carefully selected for the great flavor and consistency of the meat as well as their docile temperament. The barn attendants are trained in chicken behavior and take care to make the environment as naturally supportive as possible.
- 4 skin on, bone-in chicken thighs (2 packages)
- Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 lemon
- 2 limes
- 1.5 tablespoons bison tallow, ghee or avocado oil
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- Thaw the chicken breasts overnight in the refrigerator. Set out at room temperature for about twenty minutes before cooking. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
- Debone the chicken thighs. First, find the bone (it’s easy). Then, use a small, sharp knife to cut around the sides. Finally go underneath the bone with the knife to dislodge it completely. Alternatively, you can cook the thighs bone-in - it will simply take longer. Remove skin if desired. However, it gets crispy and delicious when pan seared so I recommend leaving it.
- Season generously all over with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Use your fingers to gently press the seasoning into the skin of the chicken.
- Grate all of the zest from the lemon and two limes over the chicken. Make sure to get it on all sides of the thighs. Again, press the seasoning into the skin so that it adheres.
- Cut the citrus fruits in half so that you can squeeze the juice out of them into a small bowl. Remove the seeds (you can squeeze them over a sieve or through your fingers to catch the seeds before they fall in the juice). Set the juice aside.
- Heat the bison tallow in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s shimmering, place the chicken thighs in the pan. Cook until they’ve got a nice golden brown crust and are cooked all the way through. It should take about 5 minutes on each side. If cooking with the bone-in, it’ll take longer. Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the cooked chicken thighs to a plate.
- In the same skillet, pour the citrus juice. Create a sauce by scraping up the flavorful browned bits from the bottom of the pan using a wooden spoon. Continue to cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid reduces and thickens slightly.
- Pour the citrus sauce over the chicken. Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy this flavorful summer dish.
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We’re Here To Provide Your Family With Quality Meat
At Beck & Bulow, we’re passionate about providing the best meat available, delivered straight to your door. All of our meat is ethically sourced and raised the way nature intended. Each of our offerings is hand cut by local butchers with care and precision. Every order is hand packaged at our Santa Fe warehouse by our team.
You will receive your meat in a reusable cooler packed with dry ice to maintain optimal freshness. Feel free to reach out, we’re always happy to answer questions and share cooking recommendations. We’re confident that you will love this meat as much as we do.