Chicken Thighs in Tomato Sauce

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

If I am not in a rush I season the chicken first with salt and pepper then brown in oil, and transfer to the baking dish, the oven-baking time will be less, and I think that the chicken definately tastes better if it is browned first. I have made this using other brands of prepared mustard but for some reason French's brand is the best! To save time you can prepare the sauce the evening or day before and chill. You can use any chicken pieces that you desired, I usually use a whole cut-up chicken in place of the 10 thighs, although I have 10 thighs listed you can sneak a couple more thighs in the dish! If you don't brown the chicken first, this makes a quick weeknight meal. I have made this many times, it is easy and delicious! Adjust all sauce ingredients to suit taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a large roasting pan.
  3. Place the chicken thighs (skin-side up) in the prepared baking dish.
  4. In a saucepan melt butter and then saute the onions, garlic, thyme and dried chili flakes for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add in the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce (do not add in the mustard until the end of cooking!) mix to combine, season with salt, black pepper; bring to a boil, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add in the mustard; mix to combine.
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the baking dish, the turn over the chicken once to coat in sauce making certain to leave the skin side up.
  8. Bake uncovered, basting with sauce every 30 minutes (total cooking time should take about 1 hour and 10 minutes, if you have browned the chicken first then baking time will be less).
Most Helpful

This was just what I was looking for!! I added kalamata olives to the sauce, and might try next time cutting back on the fat by removing the skin from the meat. The sauce was delicious and rich. Served with Spaghetti Squash - DELISH!!!

BuckeyeChef1015 March 31, 2015

This was wonderful! I usually don't like tomatoes but, this was like a candy addition! I lost the recipe and have been looking for days to find it!! I am so excited to make this again. Thank you so much for sharing.

OhYea January 18, 2013