You will need a large heavy wok or a cast iron skillet along with a large Dutch oven. (This can all be done in the Dutch oven, it’s just easier with two pans.)
1 large 5-6 pound cut-up chicken (8–10 bone-in pieces)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into eights. Keep in a bowl of water with a little lemon juice to stop them from turning brown until ready to use.
1 large sweet onion, sliced thickly
½ cup orange skin cut into slivers (from 2 large navel oranges)
1 cup white wine
1 cup orange juice, squeezed from the two navel oranges
Rinse the chicken pieces then pat dry with paper towels. Salt and pepper both sides of each piece.
Heat the large wok or cast-iron pan over high heat.
Add the butter and oil and once melted and hot, place half the chicken pieces in the hot oil to sear, skin side down. Turn after 4-5 minutes or once the skin is crispy and cook on the other side for another 4-5 minutes.
While the first batch of chicken is cooking, line the bottom of the Dutch oven with half of the apple pieces but do not turn on the burner yet.
Place the seared chicken over the top of the raw apple wedges in the Dutch oven.
Cook the second half of the chicken as before, searing on both sides. Only this time, set this second batch aside.
Keep the pan hot and add the onions and orange strips and cook just until the onions start to soften, tossing and stirring often.
Use a slotted spoon or spider and remove half of the cooked onion/orange peel and spread over the chicken in the Dutch oven. Move the rest to the platter with the second batch of chicken and set aside.
Keep the pan on high and cook the second half of the apples for about one minute on each side just to brown. (the first half went in raw, the second half are browned)
While the apples are cooking, layer the second half of the seared chicken in the Dutch oven and top with the rest of the onion mixture and once the apples are done, lay those over the top.
The Dutch oven should now have layers of uncooked apples, chicken, onion and orange peel, more chicken, more onions and orange peel and finished with the seared apples.
Deglaze the pan you just cooked the apples in with the white wine, scraping any brown bits from the bottom and pour over the chicken in the Dutch oven.
Also pour in the squeezed orange juice and bring the Dutch oven to a boil.
Cover, lower to low heat and cook until the thickest chicken pieces register 160 degrees F with an instant read thermometer, about 12-15 minutes.
Remove chicken pieces to a platter and cover with the apples and onions and serve with some of the liquid on the side.
Keywords: Russian chicken