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Braised chicken thighs with kale and herbed spaetzle

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Want to bring something interesting to the dinner table? Give our braised chicken thighs with kale and herbed spaetzle a go. Filling and tasty, this German-inspired dish makes for the perfect family feed.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time55 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes


  • 1kg Coles RSPCA Approved Chicken Thigh Fillets, fat trimmed, cut into 5cm pieces
  • Plain flour, for coating
  • 2 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 20g butter, divided
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 1¾ cups (435ml) chicken stock
  • ½ cup (120g) sour cream
  • ½ bunch (100g) green kale, stemmed, roughly chopped


  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 Coles Brand Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock

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  1. Step 1

    Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper and coat them in the flour, shaking off any excess. Heat a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add 1 tbs of the oil, 10g of the butter and half of the chicken. Cook, turning as needed, for 5 mins or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.
  2. Step 2

    Add the remaining oil and butter, onion and garlic and cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits, for 3 mins or until the onion is tender and golden. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook for 2 mins or until the wine has reduced slightly. Return the chicken to the pot. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-35 mins or until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, make the spaetzle. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, chives, parsley, 3 tsp salt and ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and stock until blended. Gradually whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat so the water is at a simmer.
  4. Step 4

    Using a silicone spatula, press half the batter through the 5mm-wide holes of a spaetzle maker, or a colander, into the simmering water. Boil spaetzle for about 10 seconds or until tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove the spaetzle, drain and place on a baking tray. Repeat with remaining batter. Keep the cooked spaetzle warm until ready to serve.
  5. Step 5

    Return the chicken braise to a simmer over medium heat. Add the sour cream and kale and stir to blend the sauce and wilt the kale. Divide the warm spaetzle among 4 shallow bowls. Spoon the chicken braise over the spaetzle and serve.