Mediterranean-Style Braised Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs have a sweet meaty taste that goes well with a variety of herbs and spices. The combination of tomatoes and olives that you add to the chicken thighs in this recipe suggests a Mediterranean flavor.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion

1 garlic clove

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1/4 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

4 plum tomatoes

2/3 cup pitted green or black olives

1 cup chicken broth

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  1. Chop the onion and mince the garlic clove.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan.

  3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over high heat for 2 minutes, until limp.

  4. Add the remaining oil and heat.

  5. Add the chicken thighs and brown 2 minutes per side on high heat.

    Do this in two batches, if necessary. Remove the chicken and set aside.

  6. Add the oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper to the pan.

  7. Chop the tomatoes.

  8. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, chicken broth, and chickpeas.

  9. Cook over medium heat 1 minute for flavors to blend.

  10. Add the chicken thighs and spoon the pan juices over the chicken.

  11. Cover the pan and simmer the chicken for 5 minutes.

  12. Again, spoon the pan juices over the chicken. Cover and cook 5 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Per serving: Calories 425 (From Fat 231); Fat 26g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 100mg; Sodium 1,274mg; Carbohydrate 17g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 32g.

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