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Cooking...welll...let's just call this one cooking: Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken

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And now for something completely different.

Chances are, if you are in any way involved with social media (and I assume that a pretty significant number of reader are to at least some degree), you've probably seen some version of the new trend of recipe videos that have been going around. Mostly on Facebook.

Last weekend, in with some friends over and most of the ingredients on hand, we decided to give this one a try and I have to say, it worked out pretty well. So here's a quick write up.

Ingredients

6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 Tbsp. paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan
1 lemon
2 cups baby spinach

I would go as far as to suggest you can double this sauce and spinach proportion.

Instructions

1. Season your chicken thighs with the salt, pepper and paprika. I tried using boneless, skinless thighs, and I would recommend you stick with the bone-in/skin-on variety. Creates a better crust and a texture in the skillet. Besides, you're already working with butter and heavy cream, it's a bit late to try and save the fat. Also, if you have a little smoked paprika, I recommend adding it. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a large skillet -- cast iron is best -- melt 2 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat and brown the thighs on both sides until the skin is crispy. They don't have to be cooked through, that'll come later in the oven.

3. Remove the chicken from the skillet and pour off the excess grease. Add the remaining tbsp of butter and melt, then add the garlic and cook until it starts to get fragrant.

4. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, thyme leaves, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, stirring well. Bring it up to a boil, then reduce to simmer over low heat.

5. Add the spinach leaves and stir well until they're well coated and start to wilt. Don't be afraid to go heavy on the spinach because it's gonna shrivel up to nothing.

6. Return the chicken to the skillet, place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Serve with a thigh on top of a generous portion of the spinach/sauce mixture.

Solid and pretty hard to screw up. Great date-nite meal for those of you trying to impress a significant other.