Braised Chicken Thighs With Bell Peppers, Olives and Tomatoes

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This used what I have on hand, it has been tweaked a bit from the original recipe in Martha Stewart Living, March 2004. Although this uses 10 cloves of garlic, crushed whole garlic isn't as strong as chopped or minced garlic. Supposedly the tomatoes in canned whole tomatoes are of better quality than those used for canned crushed tomatoes, but sometimes every minute counts. You may use fresh tomatoes, but you may want to add more salt to suit your taste preference. Serve over pasta or rice. (Served over whole wheat pasta.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven (5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), warm oil over medium heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add bell peppers, onion, and garlic to pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. If using whole tomatoes, gently crush tomatoes with your hands; add them to the pot along with their juice. If using canned crushed tomatoes, empty can into pot.
  5. Add the pitted and quartered olives, the bay leaf, paprika, thyme, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Return chicken to pot; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until chicken is falling-apart tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  7. Discard bay leaf, serve hot over cooked pasta or rice.
Most Helpful

Another recipe that I cut in half to serve the 2 of us, & although we're usually chicken breast addicts, I did use thighs this time & followed the ingredients right on down, although I did use lemon pepper instead of the usual S&P (one of my usual substitutions)! Definitely a different kind of chicken dish then we often have, & satisfyingly tasty in its own right! I particularly liked the inclusion of the Spanish olives in this one! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike July 31, 2011

This is a very tasty recipe which is pretty simple. It's pretty much sausage and peppers with chicken instead. I made just a few changes: I thawed 2 each of boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs. I seasoned the chicken with a little homemade dry Italian seasoning mix (find the copycat recipe of Good Seasons mix is here: ), omitted the olives (I don't like them), and seasoned the dish with the Italian Dressing mix, a bit of salt and pepper. It was perfect over steamed white rice! This is definitely a keeper for those nights you're not in the mood to spend a lot of time on dinner. Keep this recipe in your back pocket!

Home Chef in Training November 10, 2014

Very good recipe. This is an easy meal that you do not have to watch too closely; it practically cooks itself!

threeovens October 01, 2012