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Roast chicken thighs with red wine, tomato, and herbs

Written By: Byron | June 13, 2023
Roast chicken thighs cooked in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.

Roast chicken thighs with tomato, red wine, and herbs is a full-flavored one-pot recipe that comes together in minutes. With just 2 minutes of prep time and around 25 minutes in the oven, you’ve got juicy roast chicken thighs simmered down in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce. 

Full of Mediterranean flavors, quick and easy to make, and using just a few simple ingredients, this Mediterranean baked chicken thigh recipe is a perfect no-fuss weeknight dinner option. Serve with your choice of veg like steamed greens or salad along with some rice and you’ve got a nutritious and balanced meal that serves 4-6 people in around 30 minutes. This is also one of those chicken recipes that’s budget-friendly.

Budget-Friendly Recipe | Meat & Poultry Recipe | Easy Recipe | Main Meal Recipe | High Protein | High Fiber | Weeknight Dinner | Made in 30 Mins

Serving:

Main 4 servings

Ready in:

30 mins

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Steamed rice

Uncooked chicken thighs sit in a dish beside tinned tmoatoes, herbs, spices, and red wine.

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How to make roast chicken thighs with red wine, tomato, and herbs

Ingredients you’ll need

(makes 4-6 servings)

  • 35 oz. (1 kg) of chicken thighs (skin off for a healthier option)
  • 10 oz. (300g) tin of diced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 3.5 fl. oz. (100ml) of red wine 
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika (we used Spanish La Vera smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper 

Equipment needed

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Add the chicken thighs to the casserole dish.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes, olive oil, red wine, and spices on top.
  4. Mix well and ensure the spices and tomato cover the chicken thighs. 
  5. Remove the rosemary stem and add the fresh rosemary sprigs around the chicken.
  6. Season with some salt (to taste) and bake for 25 minutes.

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Mediterranean roast chicken thighs in red wine

With plenty of fresh herbs, tomato, and a generous splash of red wine, this recipe summons some of the most popular flavors of the Mediterranean. It’s super easy to make too, with some simple ingredients you’ll easily find in any grocery store.

Chicken thighs for cooking

Use skinless bone-in chicken thighs for a low-fat version of this recipe. 

Skinless chicken thighs taste incredible and once simmered in the sauce and juices, absorb plenty of flavor. Skinless chicken thighs with the bone-in are great for roasting in the oven, they are always juicy and are loaded with protein.

Chicken thighs have 26 grams per 100 grams of protein (according to data from the USDA) which works out to around 13 grams per chicken thigh.

Skin-on chicken thighs take around the same amount of time to cook through (25 minutes) but you’ll want to get a perfect crispy skin. To do this, start cooking them on the middle oven shelf, then transfer them to the top oven shelf for the last 5 minutes. The skin should crisp up nicely and this adds a delicious flavor and texture to an already tasty dish! Love crispy chicken? Check out this Mediterranean crispy baked chicken recipe too. 

Boneless chicken thighs are also great. Note that they cook faster (around 15 to 20 minutes is all they need to cook) so you will need to prep and cook the sauce and other ingredients for at least 10 minutes before adding the boneless chicken thighs to the oven.

Check out these chicken thigh recipes too: Mediterranean chicken thighs in sofrito and spicy paprika, Lemon and herb chicken thighs (2-min prep), Easy chicken thighs in chorizo and wine, Garlic-infused chicken thighs, Spicy Mediterranean chicken thighs, Mediterranean garlic rosemary chicken thighs, and Baked chicken thighs with potatoes.

Mediterranean flavors

Staple ingredients such as tomato, garlic, oregano, and rosemary really help boost the flavors, and using smoked La Vera paprika helps give this recipe a distinctive Spanish flair. Season with some salt and white pepper before roasting. 

Ground white pepper has a softer flavor compared to cracked black pepper and is better suited to the flavors in this recipe. If you prefer to use black pepper, add it at the end once you’ve taken the dish out of the oven. It will prevent the pepper from burning and overpowering the other flavors in the recipe. 

Mediterranean herbs and spices used in this recipe:

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika (we used Spanish La Vera smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper

Cooking with wine

Cooking with wine is a great way to add layers of flavor to any recipe, and don’t worry, the alcohol content dissolves in the cooking process. 

What wine to use for cooking? 

No need to use a good bottle, red cooking wine is ideal. We used a Tinto (Spanish table wine) when making this recipe. 

Thickening the sauce

Use the measurements of ingredients noted in this recipe and the sauce will thicken during cooking. If it is too thin (or if you accidentally add too much wine 🍷🥴), use cornstarch to thicken the sauce to suit your taste. 

Simply combine 1:1 ratio of water and cornstarch and mix well until you have a slurry, then slowly add it to the ingredients until you have the desired texture. Be careful not to thicken the sauce too much as it will also thicken during cooking. 

Super easy one-pot recipe

To make this roast Chicken thigh recipe, all you need is an oven, a large baking dish, and your hands. No other fancy cooking equipment is required! 

We love this recipe as it really embraces the no-fuss cooking techniques often used in Mediterranean cuisine. This recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner option as it is made in one pot and doesn’t require any marinating or extensive prep work, and is ready in under 30 minutes!

Side dish suggestions

This recipe is a great protein source and has plenty of sauce so it’s lovely served with some fresh bread or rice. You can also steam some greens as a side or try these recipes: 

A pan of Roast chicken thighs cooked in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.

Cooking with Olive oil – The healthy choice

When it comes to olive oil production, there’s no better place than Spain. It’s a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, and Spain produces the most olive oil in the world. For many years now, Spain has been the leading exporter of excellent quality olive oil, including the star of the show, extra virgin olive oil. 

Like many Spanish kitchens, we at Spanish Radish HQ use good quality extra virgin olive oil extensively in our day-to-day cooking. We use it for frying, drizzle it on salads or bread, or use it in baking as a substitute for butter. The reason? Not only does EVOO taste amazing, it’s really (really) good for you! 

Olive oil is high in antioxidants, especially EVOO. Antioxidants are known to help prevent or treat many chronic diseases. Olive oil also contains minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron, and vitamins E and K.

Here’s a comparison table of olive oil versus some other common fats:

 

Criteria Olive oil Butter Canola oil
Calories per tbsp 119 102 124
Cholesterol 0 30.5 mg 0
Saturated fat content <15% > 60% <10%
Oleic acid content >70% >20% >55%

 

Olive oil versus trypical cooking oil nutirtion facts table

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 6

Amount per serving

 

Calories

427

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 32.2g

41%

Saturated Fat 8.1g

40%

Cholesterol 127mg

42%

Sodium 463mg

20%

Total Carbohydrate 3.5g

1%

Dietary Fiber 0.9g

3%

Total Sugars 1.9g

 

Protein 26.8g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 56mg

4%

Iron 2mg

10%

Potassium 38mg

1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

 

FAQs and cooking tips

How long do roast chicken thighs with tomato, red wine, and herbs take to make?

  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 27 minutes

How to crisp chicken skin in the oven?

When using skin-on chicken thighs, cook on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes, then transfer them to the top shelf of the oven for the last five minutes for crispy chicken skin. 

How long do chicken thighs take to cook?

Bone-in chicken thighs take 25 minutes at 400°F (200°C) on the middle shelf of the oven. Boneless chicken thighs cook faster and take around 15-20 minutes depending on thigh size. The internal temperature of cooked chicken thighs should read 165°F (73°C).

Do I need to marinate the chicken before cooking?

Nope, your chicken thighs will absorb plenty of the sauce’s flavors as they’re roasted.

Roast chicken thighs cooked in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.

Roast chicken thighs with red wine, tomato, and herbs.

Roast chicken thighs with tomato, red wine, and herbs is a full-flavored one-pot recipe that comes together in minutes. With just 2 minutes of prep time and around 25 minutes in the oven, you’ve got juicy roast chicken thighs simmered down in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.
4.79 from 52 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course, meat, mediterranean
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
Servings 6 people
Calories 427 kcal

Equipment

  • 12x8 inches Ceramic Baking dish
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 35 oz. 1 kg of chicken thighs (skin off for a healthier option)
  • 10 oz. 300g tin of diced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3.5 fl. oz. 100ml of red wine
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika we used Spanish La Vera smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
    An oven gauge turned up to 210c
  • Add the chicken thighs to the casserole dish. Add the tinned tomatoes, olive oil, red wine, and spices on top.
    35 oz. 1 kg of chicken thighs (skin off for a healthier option), 10 oz. 300g tin of diced tomatoes, 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3.5 fl. oz., 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon of oregano, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of white pepper
    Uncooked chicken thighs sit in a dish beside tinned tmoatoes, herbs, spices, and red wine.
  • Mix well and ensure the spices and tomato cover the chicken thighs.
    A dish of uncooked chicken thighs with a tomato, herb, and red wine marinade.
  • Remove the rosemary stem and add the fresh rosemary sprigs around the chicken.
    2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
    A sprig of rosemary is added to a pan of chicken thighs.
  • Season with some salt (to taste) and bake for 25 minutes.
    ½ teaspoon of salt
    Roast chicken thighs cooked in a red wine, tomato, and herb sauce.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 200gCalories: 427kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 26.8gFat: 32.2gSaturated Fat: 8.1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 463mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 1.9gCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword 30 minute recipe, baked Chicken, Chicken thighs, Easy Dinner ideas, easy weeknight dinners, herbs, midweek meal, one-pot recipe, oregano, red wine, thyme, tomato

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2 Comments

  1. Denise Snyder

    5 stars
    You just can’t beat how easy this recipe is, and even better, how flavorful it is. I added a can of drained cannellini beans for some fiber. Delicious!

    Reply
    • Byron

      Glad you enjoyed this recipe. I’m sure the addition of cannellini beans works great! Happy cooking!

      Reply

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