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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smashed Peas from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smashed Peas

These Crispy Chicken Thighs with Smashed Peas are the ultimate spring time dinner recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Crispy Chicken Thighs, Crispy Chicken Thighs recipe, Crispy Chicken Thighs with peas, spring Crispy Chicken Thighs, chicken thigh recipes, spring chicken recipes, crispy chicken with peas
Servings: 4 people
Author: Gaby

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Peas

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas, completely thawed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more to finish
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • fresh dill and fresh mint leaves, optional

Instructions

  • Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F
  • Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook until the fat has rendered and the skin is crisp and golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken to the other side and scatter the lemon slices on top. Transfer to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, away from the bone, registers 170°F (77°C), 18 to 20 minutes.
  • While the chicken is roasting, make the smashed peas. Transfer the garlic to a medium bowl and add the pecorino, olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, and plenty of black pepper, and whisk to combine. Add the thawed peas and stir to combine. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Use the back of a fork and just roughly mash half of the peas so they are a little more chunky and leave the other half whole.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven, add the peas into the ovenproof skillet, basically nesting the chicken thighs into the peas and coating the peas with the chicken renderings and top with herbs and extra lemon, salt and pepper.