Braised Chicken With Tomatoes


Braised chicken with tomatoes is a perfect example of a Tuscan classic. This Tomato Braised Chicken Thighs is an easy dish to make that will always be a crowd-pleaser. I love this Chicken In White Wine Sauce recipe in the fall, or even during the weekend when you have good weather like we have right now and you can prepare it outside on your grill.

Do you know about the health benefits of tomatoes? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, keep reading to know more.

Braised Chicken With Tomatoes

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Tomato chicken thighs in a tomato sauce with cooked white rice and parsley.


  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 chicken legs
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 1 large white onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large ginger knob, peeled and grated
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • Water, as needed


  1. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over high heat. Arrange the chicken thighs and legs on a tray in a single layer and season them with salt, to taste. Turn the pieces on their other side and season again. When the oil begins to smoke lightly, carefully add the chicken to the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan. Resist the temptation to move or turn the pieces. Allow them to brown on their first side, about 3 to 5 minutes. Use metal tongs to turn the chicken pieces to sear their second side, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a tray and set it aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add the cumin seeds and chili flakes, stirring rapidly to give them a quick toast, about 10 to 15 seconds. Add the onions, ginger and garlic and stir to combine. Season the ingredients with salt, to taste, then add the tomatoes, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Allow the mixture to cook and all the flavors to come together, about 10 minutes. Add the chicken back to the pan, keep the heat low and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, 30 to 45 minutes. (Chef’s note: If the sauce becomes overly thick or begins to stick to the bottom of the skillet, feel free to add some water, about 1/2 cup at a time.)
  3. When the chicken is cooked through, remove and discard the cinnamon sticks and bay leaves. Taste for seasoning and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve alongside the braised cabbage, if desired.
Tomato chicken thighs in a tomato sauce with cooked white rice and parsley.

Tomato Braised Chicken Thighs

These melt in mouth Tomato Braised Chicken thighs couldn’t be easier to make but pack in so much flavor. They are an instant favorite.


You won’t believe just how delicious these simple tomato braised chicken thighs are! The chicken is tender, the sauce is rich, and there are so many different ways to customize the dish and take it in all different flavor directions. Serve it with rice, creamy polenta, spaghetti squash, or pasta.

This delicious recipe from Food 52 is easy to make and is one of my favorite recipes to make when we have guests for dinner. Many times I will use the bone-in thighs for a dinner party and leave some with the skin on for those who like it. It’s easy to remove for those who don’t like it though so either way, everyone is happy.

However, when I am making it for just us, I always use boneless, skinless thighs to shave some extra calories and I love the addition of onions to pack in more flavor. Olives are also delicious as an addition. Feel free to amp up the garlic and thyme to get it to just where you like it. The versatility of this recipe is what makes it so great, so go ahead, get creative!

Tomato chicken thighs in a tomato sauce with cooked white rice and parsley.

How Do You Make Tomato Braised Chicken Thighs?

As easy as this is to adapt, it’s even easier to make!

The first thing you should do is season the chicken with salt and pepper. Next, heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Add the chicken thighs in a single layer and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they start to brown. Push the thighs to one side of the pan or take them out of the pan and put them on a plate to rest.

Next, add olive oil, onion, and garlic to the same skillet. Cook this for 2 minutes or until the garlic is nice and fragrant. Add to this mixture the tomatoes, chicken broth, and thyme. Bring the whole thing to a simmer and put the chicken back into the broth and veggies and cover.

Let the whole thing cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley (optional) and serve!

Recipe Ideas

This easy tomato braised chicken recipe is basically screaming for you to customize. There are so many ways to switch up this recipe that you could make it every week and have a completely different flavor profile.

  • Make this dish Meditteranean by adding sliced olives (Calvestrano are my favorite), drained canned chickpeas, and some crumbled feta cheese on top. Capers would be delicious as well. You can also add some drained artichoke hearts.
  • Go in a Mexican direction by adding a chopped chipotle pepper, swapping oregano for the thyme, and serving it with queso fresco and cilantro. You could also use spicy canned tomatoes like Rotel.
  • Make this Italian style with fresh or dried basil, red pepper flakes, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Deepen the flavor in this dish by adding some roasted red peppers and swap in fire-roasted tomatoes. This adds a smoky flavor that is really delicious. 
  • Add some greens by adding chopped kale when you are cooking the onions or wilting in some spinach during the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Make a heartier dish by adding some canned beans. Chickpeas, cannellini beans, or Great Northern white beans are all good options.
  • Saute some fresh mushrooms with the onions to add an earthy element to the dish. Canned mushrooms could also be added in a pinch.
  • Make this Caprese style by finishing the dish with fresh basil, mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or glaze. 
  • Swap in any herbs you like for this recipe. You can use thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, or a combination of herbs. They can be fresh or dried.
  • Add curry spices and finish with some coconut milk for an Indian spin on this dish. 
  • Make the dish creamy by finishing the dish with a splash of half and half, creme fraiche, coconut cream (or milk), or cream cheese.
Braised chicken thighs in tomato sauce with chopped parsley.

How to Use Leftover Tomato Braised Chicken

  • Tacos: Shred the chicken and make tinga style tacos with tortilla, diced onions, cilantro, avocado, and some hot sauce or spicy salsa.
  • Shakshuka: Use the leftover sauce to make some baked eggs in a classic Shakshuka style or simply baked with some melted cheese on top.
  • Pasta: Shred the leftover chicken, saute or roast some vegetables, and toss everything with some freshly cooked pasta.
  • Grain bowls: Cook up some farro or quinoa, make some sauteed greens or veggies, and add your leftover braised chicken. Pack them up for lunches during the week or an easy leftover dinner.

Chicken In White Wine Sauce

White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken RecipeLet this White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken Recipe simmer away to create delectable dish for enjoying all throughout the year.

This White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken recipe combines white wine, herbs and tomatoes with chicken for an easy and satisfying meal that the whole family will love. Full of rich hearty flavors, this savory chicken dish is a great comfort food for cooler temperatures, but it’s also a terrific option for warmer weather. And you won’t believe the aroma! The drool-inducing aroma will fill your home and have everyone waiting by the stove to enjoy this delectable dish of chicken braised with tomatoes, toasted, fragrant mustard and fennel seeds, and white wine. It’s marvelous!

Like so many recipes my family enjoys (and I like to share with you!), White Wine Tomato Braised Chicken is super easy to prepare. Begin by toasting mustard and fennel seeds for a quick 2 minutes in a large skillet. If you’ve never toasted seeds, oh my! It smells unbelievable. Once the seeds are toasted, transfer them to a mortar and pestle (or small bowl or dish) and crush them. Now they wait until the chicken gets browned. Brown the chicken on each side in hot oil until golden. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add onion and cook until softened. Garlic is up next. Sauté for a short 2 minutes.

Finally, the remaining ingredients go in: wine, parsley, tomatoes, along with the toasted, crushed seeds and browned chicken. About now everything will be smelling wonderful! Almost done, bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until chicken is done. If time permits transfer to a warm oven and let cook, covered for 2-3 hours.

Tomato chicken thighs in a tomato sauce with cooked white rice and parsley.

It really is and easy recipe. Simple ingredients meld together to create this wonderfully seasoned dinner dish that everyone will enjoy. We like to serve the braised chicken and tomatoes over fluffy rice or steamed vegetables with a fresh green salad. Enjoy!



  • YIELD: 8

A delicious savory chicken dish perfect for serving over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.


  •  1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
  •  1 teaspoon fennel seed
  •  8 medium bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed
  •  1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  •  2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  •  1/2 cup dry white wine
  •  1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  •  14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat. Add mustard and fennel seeds to toast; cook and stir until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Transfer from hot pan to avoid over-toasting. Crush toasted seeds and set aside.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in the same skillet on medium-high heat. Cook chicken in batches, 5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove chicken from skillet; cover and keep warm.
  3. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until softened. Add minced garlic and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in wine, parsley, tomatoes, crushed toasted seeds and chicken. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Let simmer on low for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. If serving right away, remove cover and simmer an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. If time permits, cover and transfer to warm oven (about 250-degrees F) to continue to braise for 2-3 hours until ready to serve.
  5. Serve over rice or pasta, if desired.


  • Bone-in skin-on chicken pieces are better for braising. The bones and skin add to the richness and depth of flavor.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

1. Tomatoes are good for your skin.

Tomatoes contain a high level of lycopene, which is a substance that is used in some of the more pricy facial cleansers that are available for purchase over-the-counter.
If you want to try tomatoes for skin care, you need to start with about eight to twelve tomatoes. Peel the tomatoes and then place the skin on your face with inside of the tomato touching your skin.
Leave the tomatoes on your face for a minimum of ten minutes, then wash. Your face will feel clean and shiny. Some redness may occur, but should fade with time.

2. Tomatoes help prevent several types of cancer.

A number of studies have been conducted that indicate that the high levels of lycopene in tomatoes works to reduce your chances of developing prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer.
Lycopene is a natural antioxidant that works effectively to slow the growth of cancerous cells. Cooked tomatoes produce even more lycopene, so go ahead and cook up a batch of your mom’s famous tomato soup.

3. Tomatoes help maintain strong bones.

Tomatoes contain a considerable amount of calcium and Vitamin K. Both of these nutrients are essential in strengthening and performing minor repairs on the bones as well as the bone tissue.

4. Tomatoes help repair damage caused by smoking.

No, eating tomatoes is not the most recent fad to help you quit smoking. However, tomatoes can reduce the amount of damaged done to your body by smoking cigarettes.
Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid that work to protect the body from carcinogens that are produced from cigarette smoke.

5. Tomatoes provide essential antioxidants.

Tomatoes contain a great deal of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. This is primarily because these vitamins and beta-carotene work as antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals in the blood.
Free radicals in the blood stream are dangerous because it may lead to cell damage. Remember, the redder the tomato you eat is, the more beta-carotene it contains. In addition, you also want to keep in mind that cooking destroys the Vitamin C, so for these benefits, the tomatoes need to be eaten raw.

6. Tomatoes are good for your heart.

Because of the Vitamin B and potassium in tomatoes, they are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. Therefore, by including tomatoes in your regular balanced diet you can effectively prevent heart attacks, strokes as well as many other heart related problems that may threaten your life.

7. Tomatoes are good for your hair.

The Vitamin A in tomatoes works perfectly to keep your hair shiny and strong. In addition, it also does wonders for your eyes, skin, bones and teeth.

8. Tomatoes are good for your kidneys.

Adding tomatoes without seeds to your diet has been proven in some studies to reduce the risk of kidney stones.

9. Tomatoes are good for your eyes.

The Vitamin A found in tomatoes is fantastic for improving your vision. In addition, eating tomatoes is one of the best foods to eat to prevent the development of night blindness.

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