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Easy Spanish Style Chicken Thighs Recipe With Tomatoes and Onions

Try my Spanish Style Chicken Thigh recipe that delivers a savory comforting moist chicken with a special sauce you won't be able to get enough of.

These Spanish style Chicken Thighs are cooked in a simmering tomato and onion sauce pulled all together with a surprising pantry staple ingredient you probably already have on hand making it an easy budget friendly meal to make at home.

a plate of Spanish style chicken thighs with tomatoes and onions recipe with rice

This chicken thigh recipe combines deep Spanish flavors through the combination of simple seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika to create a rich sauce with slow cooked tomatoes and onions.

But just wait till you hear the secret ingredient.


That is right by adding a cup of breadcrumbs and water to these ingredients you can create a thick flavorful sauce that pairs perfectly with steamed rice.

This is one of my favorite easy meal ideas for when I'm in the mood for some Spanish flavors, but want something fairly easy to make that I know my family loves.

  • If you have picky eaters you can also blend the tomatoes and onions before cooking to get a smoother consistency and to hide the veggies.

On this night I paired it with rice, fresh avocado, and homemade arepas. Yum!

How Do You Get The Most Flavor From Chicken Thighs?

In this recipe we are going to develop tons of flavor from our chicken thighs by creating a rub consisting of salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, and olive oil.

To get the most flavor from chicken thighs in this recipe we are going to combine two cooking methods by first sautéing the chicken thighs then slow cooking them in our deliciously rich sauce consisting of tomatoes, onions, seasonings, water, and breadcrumbs.

This two step cooking method is going to give you a crisp chicken skin with a moist fall of the bone texture that goes perfectly with our flavorful sauce.

Easy Spanish Chicken Recipe With Thighs

This has to be one of my favorite Spanish chicken recipes because it delivers on flavor, is easy to make, and requires just a handful of staple ingredients plus everything is made in just one pot and that is always a bonus.

Ingredients for Chicken Thigh Recipe:

4 chicken thighs

1 beefsteak tomato

1/2 white onion





olive oil


  1. Season chicken thighs in a Spanish blend of seasonings evenly like salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika then drizzle with olive oil

  2. Sautee chopped tomatoes and onions add a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic to the pot along with a drizzle of oil and a splash of water to prevent browning and continue to cook until softened.

  3. Remove cooked tomatoes and onions to set aside.

  4. Then add chicken thighs skin side down and cook over medium heat until browned about 2-3 minutes then flip and brown for an additional 3 minutes.

  5. Add sautéed tomatoes and onions back into the pan adding water until chicken is halfway submerged.

  6. Continue cooking on a medium low heat adding 1 cup of original breadcrumbs and mixing thoroughly until sauce is thickened then spoon sauce over chicken thighs continuing to cook covered over medium low for an additional 25-30 minutes until meat temp is 165 degree F.

This easy chicken thigh recipe is perfect for enjoying a comforting Spanish meal with easy ingredients you probably already have on hand.

The rich sauce allows the chicken to stay moist and gives you that fall off the bone texture that everyone loves.

This is a chicken dinner winner recipe you want to remember for making easy homemade meals for your family at home with wholesome ingredients and tasty flavors.

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