Chicken in a hurry – the name says it all. This is the perfect chicken dish for a busy weeknight, but good enough for a fancy weekend meal. Sweet and tangy, super easy and inexpensive!
I have to say that when my friend Fenne told me about this recipe I was very skeptical. This is one of her mother’s recipes that she used to make for dinner all the time and when she first told me ingredients in it, I questioned it. You mean you don’t mix everything together and pour over the chicken? I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. But being the foodie that I am, my rule is to always try something once and if I don’t like it, well then at least I can say I tried it.
So we made it! And I’m glad I did! This dish couldn’t get any easier. My friend comes from a very large family, so her mother had to come up with all sort of creative ideas to make easy meals that would feed and please the entire family. Although being easy to make is the main attraction of this recipe, it also delivers on flavor.
With a handful of ingredients, this chicken in a hurry is the epitome of set it and forget it type of meal. You basically just pour the broth over the chicken, drizzle with the onion soup mix, brown sugar and ketchup. Cover it with foil and bake. I like a crispy chicken skin so I removed the foil and baked it without the foil for a few minutes. The brown sugar also helps to caramelize and create that crispy skin.
I served this over rice but make sure you drizzle plenty of that sauce that is in the pan over your rice or mashed potatoes because that’s where all the flavor is. We added a couple cups of chicken broth to the recipe because we wanted lots of sauce, it’s so good. The chicken is cooked perfectly and will fall off the bone. You could use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but you get more flavor by using the ones with skin and bones.
This chicken in a hurry sometimes also called chicken hurry is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. I just love recipes like this one that our parents and grandparents had to come up with to make our dinners quick but still delicious. Do you have a favorite recipe that was passed down to you from your mom and grandmother? I’d love to hear it!
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Chicken in a hurry - the name says it all. This is the perfect chicken dish for a busy weeknight, but good enough for a fancy weekend meal. Sweet and tangy, super easy and inexpensive!
- 4 lb chicken thighs with skin and bones
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 oz french onion soup mix (1 packet)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
Arrange the chicken thighs in a large 9x13-inch baking dish or a roaster.
Pour the chicken broth over the thighs. Sprinkle the onion soup mix and brown sugar evenly over each thigh then squeeze ketchup over each thigh. If you don't have a squeeze ketchup bottle, spoon about 1/2 tbsp of ketchup over each thigh.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through. Bone-in thighs should reach an internal temperature of 180 F degrees when they are done.
Garnish with parsley and serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
Baking time may vary depending on how many chicken thighs are in the pan or whether or not you're using skinless and boneless vs bone-in with skin.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.