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Braised Chicken Thighs

Although this recipe calls for ten cloves of garlic, the finished dish will taste just right because crushed whole garlic isn't as strong as chopped or minced.

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  • Servings: 4
Braised Chicken Thighs

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Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 bell peppers (yellow and red), seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat side of a knife blade
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Spanish green olives, pitted and quartered
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. In a Dutch oven (5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), warm oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add bell peppers, onion, and garlic to pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Gently crush tomatoes with your hands; add them to the pot along with their juice, the olives, bay leaf, paprika, thyme, and 1/2 cup water; bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Return chicken to pot; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until chicken is falling-apart tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Serve hot.

Cook's Note

To prepare bell peppers, trim the stem end. With stem end down, cut off sides, leaving ribs and seeds intact. This makes it easy to discard seeds and ribs and to thinly slice the pepper into strips.

Reviews (3)

  • truth_sayer 6 Dec, 2011

    Really good. I used a second can of tomatoes and more chicken than was called for. Served it over basmati rice. Wonderful color on the plate.. and everyone loved it.

  • carabau 15 Mar, 2009

    Very good,makes alot of sauce so have some garlic bread or spaghetti to soak it up!
    I added half of a fennel bulb sliced to the onion . The added flavor made this dish
    a keeper for me.

  • ltownsend 20 Jul, 2008

    Really yummy, simple dish. A great staple to have in the rotation.

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