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Sous Vide Chicken Thighs with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Sous vide is a French cooking technique whereby vacuum sealed food is cooked in a temperature controlled water bath for an extended period of time. This technique produces incredible Chicken Thighs that I finish off with Mushroom Cream Sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course, Sous Vide
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 749kcal
Author: Chula King


Sous Vide Chicken

  • 8 chicken thighs skin-on and bone-in
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut oil

Mushroom Cream Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons minced shallot or onion
  • 4 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ cup Madeira*
  • ½ cup chicken gelatin from cooking chicken or chicken broth
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Sous Vide Chicken

  • Preheat the sous vide cooker to 165° F.
  • Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Add chicken to vacuum seal bags; vacuum seal, pressing the chicken so that the skin is as flat as possible.
  • Place the chicken in the water bath, making sure not to block the intake or output sections of the precision cooker. Cook for 1 to 4 hours (I cooked the thighs for 2 hours).
  • Once the chicken is cooked, transfer the bagged chicken to an ice water bath to chill. (Note: At this stage, the chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before finishing and serving.)
  • Remove the chicken from the bag(s) and scrape off any gelatin that has formed; transfer gelatin to a small bowl for use in the Mushroom Cream Sauce. Place the chicken on a paper towel lined plate; with another paper towel, blot the chicken dry and flatten the skin side to ensure even contact with the pan during searing.
  • Preheat a 12-inch heavy skillet with peanut oil over medium heat until the oil is shimmering. Carefully add the chicken to the skillet, skin side down. Cook the chicken until the skin is brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook the second side until the chicken is warmed through, about 1 minute. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel lined plate. Serve with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Mushroom Cream Sauce

  • In the same pan used to sear the chicken, add the shallots or onions; sauté for about a minute without browning.  Stir in the mushrooms and sauté for several minutes until lightly browned and all of the liquid has evaporated. Pour in the chicken gelatin or broth and Madeira and boil down quickly over high heat until the liquid is syrupy.  Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until the cream has thickened slightly.  Remove from the heat; taste carefully for seasoning. Yield: About 1½ cups.


*Can use Marsala in place of Madeira.


Calories: 749kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 302mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 608mg | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.7mg