Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives

Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives -

It never fails. Every time my family walks in the door, home from school and work, and our “big red pot” is in the oven…they all come sniffing their way to the kitchen, wondering what smells so awesome. That gorgeous piece of hardworking Le Creuset definitely has a higher calling than most kitchen pieces, cranking out one incredible meal after another, all perfectly tender and irresistible.

My latest offering from the big red pot, Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives, involved my favorite piece from the chicken, the thigh. Big and meaty and dark, it’s always been my very first choice.

I like to use beer and hard cider when braising. And with summer rolling around, I always make sure there’s some shandy in the fridge (You’ll find Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Curious Traveler Shandy in there!). The lemony beer is just the perfect summertime refresher. And now I know that it makes one wonderful pot of tasty chicken, too!

Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives -

My whole family loved this meal. From the moment they opened that front door, they could tell supper was going to be somethin’ special.

The chicken is braised in bright and flavorful shandy, with a whole bunch of mushrooms and a handful of big green olives. Together, they give this dish big depth and flavor. Then, when the chicken is good and tender, it’s placed under the broiler. Because chicken skin is meant to be enjoyed crispy, my friends! Don’t skip this step, it’s the final great detail.

Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives

Yield: 4 servings


  • 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 16 oz. medium to large sized whole button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 c. large green olives (I used big beautiful ones with pits from our grocer's deli)
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 c. lemon shandy (I used Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy)
  • 1/3 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice


Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Place on a plate and sprinkle fairly generously all over with kosher salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 350°.

On the stove top, set a 6-3/4 quart oval French oven over medium to medium-high heat. When the pot is warmed up, coat the bottom with the canola oil. When the oil is hot and shimmering, place the chicken, skin side down, in the pot and let it cook, without moving it, until the skin is nicely browned. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms to the pot and cook, stirring, until softened. This should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in olives, thyme, the teaspoon of kosher salt, and a few good grinds of fresh black pepper. Then pour in shandy. Stir to release browned bits on the pan bottom. Let mixture come to a boil, then rest the chicken pieces on top of the mushroom and green olive mixture, taking care to not submerge the chicken skin under the liquid. Transfer pot to the oven and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken thighs, until meat is tender and cooked through. Remove pot from oven. With tongs, remove chicken pieces to a roasting pan.

Set pot back on the stove top over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch and stir into the boiling liquid. Turn heat down a bit, keeping a very low boil, and let liquid thicken and reduce for about 10 minutes.

While liquid is reducing, move oven rack up under the broiler and turn on broiler. Place roasting pan with chicken under the broiler until skin is perfectly browned and ultra crispy. Remove from oven.

Stir lemon juice into the liquid in the pot. Then taste and adjust with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Nestle the crispy chicken pieces on top of the mushrooms and green olives and serve immediately. This is really good over rice.


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Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives -


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148 Responses to “Shandy Braised Chicken with Mushrooms and Green Olives”

  1. #
    MizGala — May 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    That red is awfully pretty–although I like the indigo, too.

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    Jeffrey — May 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I would go with the Cherry color!

  3. #
    robin farber — May 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love the indigo

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    Donna — May 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I love the indigo color too!

  5. #
    Kristy Lynn — May 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love the deep rich color of the Indigo!! So pretty :)

  6. #
    Susan Wulf — May 11, 2013 at 10:53 am


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    MaryBeth — May 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Carribean is my favorite color!

  8. #
    Cindy K. — May 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Red would be great!

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    barbara — May 11, 2013 at 11:01 am


  10. #
    Pat — May 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Red/Cherry all the way!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!


  11. #
    Ninette — May 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love, love, love the cherry red!

  12. #
    David Ferguson — May 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

    The red works for me.

  13. #
    Sandra T — May 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I loveLe Creuset!

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    Aimee Porter — May 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I love the flame! Gorgeous!

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    Robin Chesser — May 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I love the Carribean color of Le Creuset.

  16. #
    Julie McDonough — May 11, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I would love it in Indigo, but any color would be nice. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  17. #
    Charissa — May 11, 2013 at 11:53 am

    If I won, I’d choose the Ocean color.

  18. #
    Katie — May 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Red! Red! Red!

  19. #
    Stevie Miller — May 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I would LOVE the cherry or the Caribbean! So beautiful :)

  20. #
    Selina Varich — May 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love the red, but also the indigo. The red is the one I would love to win though.

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    Gina Rampy — May 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I would love to win the red one as my kitchen is done in red!

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    Kris Garst — May 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’d want one of the blues, probably Indigo!

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    Earen Hummel — May 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I love the red, but my primary color in my kitchen is blue.

  24. #
    Audra Pritchard — May 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The Caribbean color is so pretty!!

  25. #
    Natelie — May 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Any color is fine with me.

  26. #
    Dawn — May 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I checked out all the colors and I would pick the color Spinach.

  27. #
    Heather — May 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Would love to replace my pseudo-Le Creuset with the real deal!! (In red :)

  28. #
    Dawn @ Butter and Sprinkles — May 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I would so love one of these! Definitely in Dune – hope thats the light, bright blue anyway, my phone won’t let me see color names.

  29. #
    Lisa — May 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This is so awesome. I love the ocean blue.

  30. #
    Tim — May 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I like the flame

  31. #
    Grace — May 12, 2013 at 6:27 am

    The Cassis (purple) is a great color. Would love to make your chicken recipe in it! ;-)

  32. #
    karen — May 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love the indigo color!

  33. #
    Mary — May 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love all the colors but I would probably pick the Carribean!

  34. #
    Tammie Kelly — May 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love all, but Spinach is my favorite.

  35. #
    Rust — May 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I think I would choose the Soleil! (that salmon on your instagram page looks perfect!)

  36. #
    Joan@Chocolate and More — May 13, 2013 at 7:37 am

    A dutch oven has been on my wish list forever! I’d love a red one but would be happy with any color.

  37. #
    Linda — May 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I luv the Fennel color!

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    Kim C. — May 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I like the red, it would match the only other piece I own.

  39. #
    Noelle — May 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    That Caribbean color just makes me happy!

  40. #
    Glenda G — May 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I would like the Fennel color, please.

  41. #
    Jane — May 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Red is my favorite !

  42. #
    Janey — May 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Fennel please.

  43. #
    amy rouse — May 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm


  44. #
    Jodi F. — May 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I love flame, but cherry is my fav. A red pot says happy.

  45. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

    That chicken looks so moist and perfect!


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