Braised Bok Choy & Chicken Dirty Mayor Style

I cook everyday. I threw this together yesterday so my wife had a grab & go option for lunch for the week. Turned out pretty well and worth a share. 

Dirty Mayor is a hard cider from the good people at Citizen Cider in Burlington VT. I'm not a fan of this cider with it's ginger notes. I am a huge fan of every other cider. Their flagship Unified Press is my fav. I had a nice gift of a sampler pack and opted out of drinking the Dirty Mayor. The well balanced beverage made a perfect cooking medium. 

Apologies for lack of photos, again this wasn't a plan.

Let's see how this went down in Agakitchen. Best as I can remember since I took no notes and made no plans to post. You will need a batch of this as well


  • 2 carrots, sliced. I went for an elongated oblique cut.
  • 2 celery stalks, peeled and sliced on bias
  • 1/2 onion sliced on bias
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Sweat the veggies in a heavy pot until tender. I have gone back to using my Le Crueset after a brief stint of thinking all was possible in a roasting pan (it is). I used coconut oil, use what you want


  • Wash and slice one head of bok choy, add to mire poix (veggies)
  • 1 can Dirty Mayor or other quality hard cider. If no Dirty Mayor near you add a little ginger to the cider


Into the Roasting Oven with a lid for 30 minutes, stir after 15 minutes

Timer goes beep, strain the cooking liquid, reserve and reduce to 1/2 cup +/-. taste it as it reduces, use good judgement. If your cider is a cheap national brand it may have a lot of sugar in it so beware.

Add the bok choy mixture and cider reduction together, taste. Adjust seasoning, add some spice and herbs. I went with a touch of sesame oil, cilantro and cumin.

Add cooked chicken from a batch of thighs and you're good to go. Try a little curry lime yogurt on top and some crispy rice noodles on the bottom. Try it cold as a salad with some crispy cukes and arugula

Thanks for giving this a look, hope you like it