Buffet Chicken and Bacon Choucroute with Potato Salad

This Buffet hen-meets-bacon-meets-sausage-meets-sauerkraut showstopper takes the most effective 25 minutes in the oven. And there may be no carving wanted: as soon as this hearty fundamental goes into the oven, your paintings are achieved and you may experience the celebration too.

Buffet Chicken and Bacon Choucroute with Potato Salad

Buffet Chicken and Bacon Choucroute with Potato Salad


  1. Potato salad:
    • 3 lb. baby Yukon Gold potatoes
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
    • 2 tsp. hot sauce
    • 1 tsp. honey
    • 1/4 cup tarragon leaves
  2. Choucroute
    • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 lb. skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (6–8)
    • Kosher salt
    • 8 oz. slab bacon, sliced 1/2″ thick
    • 6 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
    • 2 large sprigs thyme
    • 1 tsp. juniper berries
    • 2 lb. sauerkraut (about 4 cups), rinsed, squeezed dry
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 2 lb. sausages, such as kielbasa and/or bratwurst


  1. Potato salad:
    1. Place potatoes in a small pot and pour in water to cover by 2″; season generously with salt. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat so water is at an active simmer. Cook potatoes until fork-tender, 22–25 minutes. Drain; let sit 5 minutes to dry.
    2. Meanwhile, whisk shallots, oil, vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, and honey in a large bowl; season dressing with salt.
    3. Add hot potatoes to the dressing and let sit, tossing occasionally, until they are just warm and have soaked up some of the dressing, at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour. Just before serving, add tarragon to potato salad and toss to evenly distribute.
  2. Choucroute:
    1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 400°F. Drizzle oil in a large skillet. Season chicken generously with salt and arrange skin side down in a single layer in skillet. Set over medium heat and cook chicken, undisturbed, until the skin is golden brown around the edges, 12–15 minutes. Using a stiff spatula, lift up chicken, then put it back down, still skin side down. Once chicken pieces have all released from skillet and slide around easily, continue to cook, shifting pieces as needed if browning unevenly, until the skin is deeply browned, 6–8 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to a plate and turn skin side up. Pour off all but 1/4 cup fat from skillet.
    2. Add bacon to the same skillet and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Cook garlic in skillet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add thyme sprigs and juniper berries and cook, tossing, just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sauerkraut and wine, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wine is almost completely evaporated, 6–8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
    3. Place sausages in a 3-qt. baking dish and pile sauerkraut over (sausages should be submerged). Arrange chicken thighs and bacon on top of sauerkraut. Pour in 3/4 cup water and bake choucroute until chicken is cooked through and liquid is bubbling throughout, 25–30 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve with potato salad.
  3. Do Ahead
    1. Potato salad (without tarragon) can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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