Roasted Chicken Thighs with Pear-Mustard Sauce


The sauce in this recipe is inspired by the flavors of pear mostarda—the sweet, spicy and fruity Italian condiment. Using both Dijon mustard and mustard seeds provides a bit of bite and an extra pop of texture.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Pear-Mustard Sauce
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus ⅛ teaspoon, divided

  • 2 firm ripe Bartlett pears, sliced

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup port or sherry

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or other oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each pepper and salt. Add the chicken to the pan, skin-side down, and cook, flipping once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Add pears to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add broth, port (or sherry), Dijon and mustard seeds and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken, skin-side up, and any accumulated juices to the pan.

  4. Transfer the pan to the oven. Roast the chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching bone registers 165°F, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

  5. Return the pan to the stove (careful, the handle is hot!) and bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat. Mix vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl and add to the sauce. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Serve the chicken with the sauce, sprinkled with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Vitamin A 48IU 1%
Sodium 443mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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