One-pan Chicken And Chorizo With Cherry Tomatoes

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This super easy Spanish style one-pan chicken and chorizo honestly NEVER disappoints. Just throw chicken, chorizo, garlic, cherry tomatoes and basil into a baking dish… and bake! It’s equally perfect for entertaining as it is for a quick and easy family meal.

A closeup of someone spooning chicken and chorizo with cherry tomatoes out of a blue cast iron pan.

The perfect one pan chicken and chorizo recipe

This is a great spring or summer casserole recipe, when tomatoes and basil are at their best.

On the other hand, one pan baked chicken and chorizo with cherry tomatoes is on regular rotation at our house, whatever the season.

It took me a long time to post this recipe, because I’d always seen chicken & chorizo as Mr. Scrummy’s domain. When it’s his night to cook, many times he serves this.

Which means one important thing… it’s been perfected over many, many ‘makes’!

So why’s it so perfect?

You only need five (or possibly six) simple main ingredients. There’s such a punch of flavor from the Spanish chorizo, garlic and the few other complimentary Mediterranean flavors.

Chicken and chorizo are truly a match made in heaven. Add in really fresh basil, garlic and the mountains of yummy tomatoes and you’re really onto a winner chicken dinner.

It’s a ‘dump and bake’ sort of recipe – truly a one pan meal with no pre-cooking at all. But no one will guess how simple it is from the incredibly delicious results. In less than an hour you’ll have a delicious home cooked chicken dinner on the table.

It’s a great family friendly dinner for midweek. But it goes down equally as well for guests. You wouldn’t believe how much people rave over such a simple dish!

It arguably tastes even better the next day, and it’s an excellent freezer meal!

About the ingredients

We really hope you come to love this simple Spanish chicken and chorizo stew as much as we do.

Trust me, this is a lot more delicious than the sum of its parts, with only 5 main ingredients. And a 6th if you like!

Since the recipe doesn’t have many ingredients, I try to make the ingredients the best quality they can be. This way, each of the yummy Mediterranean flavors can shine!

This is all you need:

An overhead photo of all the ingredients needed for chicken and chorizo tray bake including chicken thighs, chorizo sausage, garlic, basil and cherry tomatoes.
  • Chicken thighs: I like to use boneless skinless thighs to keep the meal leaner. But it’s fine to use bone in skin on. Cooking time is the same. I usually use 7-8 medium sized thighs.
  • Chorizo: I usually buy a whole Spanish style chorizo (don’t confuse this with Mexican chorizo which is completely different). Some versions are not spicy at all, others are a little bit more spicy. Either is OK – it’s down to personal taste!

    However, since the chorizo is such a key flavor in this dish, try to find a good quality dark colored chorizo with an intense smoky, ‘umami’ (savory) flavor. Aldi usually has some good value options.
  • Garlic: You’ll need a whole bulb of garlic, broken up into cloves. One more thing I love about this recipe is that you don’t have to peel the garlic before throwing it in (bonus!). Roasted garlic gets all sweet and soft and is delicious just squeezed out of the skin onto your plate.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Loads of them! You can substitute with ‘grape tomatoes’ or any other small tomato variety. They ‘melt’ down into the dish, making an absolutely delicious sauce.
  • Fresh basil: A whole bunch.
  • Optional: balsamic vinegar: This adds a little bit of something. Mr. Scrummy misses it out, I drizzle a bit in!

Why so many tomatoes?

You might be a bit shocked by how many cherry tomatoes you’re tipping over your chicken and chorizo. But don’t worry, they’ll bake down to just the right amount.

But you can use any kind of tomatoes in this dish. If bigger tomatoes happen to be on sale where you live, just chop them into smaller chunks and toss them in instead of cherry tomatoes.

The only ‘rule’ is that you need A LOT. So it’s a great recipe to make when tomatoes of any kind are either on sale or in season.

Where I live, sometimes cherry tomatoes can be quite expensive in the winter. In this case, you can even use a can of cherry tomatoes in place of some of the fresh ones!

TIP: Got leftover chorizo? Try these easy halloumi kebabs with chorizo, tomatoes and honey lime dressing or this quick and easy creamy chorizo pasta!

How do you make baked chicken and chorizo?

This is a true one pan meal with very little hands-on time necessary. Dinner’s a breeze when this is on the menu!

This is how you make it:

Step 1: Throw everything apart from the tomatoes into the baking dish – you don’t even peel the garlic cloves if you don’t want to (hello delicious roasted garlic smooshed onto your plate).

Step 2: Pour the cherry tomatoes over the top.

Step 3: Drizzle over olive oil and the optional balsamic vinegar.

Collage of 2 images showing chicken, chorizo, garlic and basil layered in a pan and the same pan with cherry tomatoes piled on top.

Step 4: Pop the dish into the oven for about an hour and let the magic happen. The massive amounts of cherry tomatoes will melt over the chorizo and chicken and other flavours, leaving you with a beautifully tasty sauce.

Tip: If I’m serving this to guests, after 50 minutes I usually stir the dish a little so that some of the chicken and chorizo pokes above the tomatoes. Then I bake for another 10 minutes to allow everything to get browned and very delicious looking on top.

If your casserole hasn’t browned much, you can always switch on the broiler/grill for a few minutes – but watch carefully so nothing burns!

Closeup of baked chicken and chorizo with cherry tomatoes in a blue cast iron pan and with a spoon in it

How to serve your casserole

I like to keep this chorizo chicken tray bake the low carb and simple recipe that it is by serving it with these 2-minute olive oil toasts (perfect for smooshing the roasted garlic onto!). And perhaps a very simple green salad.

This is all you need. The toast is perfect for mopping up the delicious sauce!

If you like though you can go the extra mile and serve it with your favorite potatoes – mashed, roasted or fried. I highly recommend these incredible Greek potatoes or roasted cauliflower mash.

Have a little extra time? You won’t regret making this homemade Greek style bread to go with your casserole! Or how about garlic bread made speedily in your air fryer?

Or choose another potato side dish (plenty to choose from here!). Yum!

A rice dish could go well, too. How about this simple Greek lemon rice with chickpeas?

What’s the best wine to serve with Spanish chicken thighs with chorizo? I’d go for a fruity Rioja, Malbec, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you’re in the mood for white, a Sauvignon blanc would be a good choice.

Variations

  • The strong, smoky and spicy flavors of the chorizo are absolutely key in this dish. If you wanted to, however, you could try it with chunky, smoked pancetta or bacon instead (or as well!).
  • I feel like there’s plenty of smoky paprika flavor in the dish already if you use a good quality chorizo. However feel free to sprinkle a teaspoon of sweet or smoked paprika over the chicken before baking for an extra hit of flavor.
  • Add some baby potatoes for a ‘patatas bravas’ version of the dish. Patatas bravas is a tasty Spanish tapas dish meaning spicy potatoes!

    I’d cut the potatoes in half (especially if they’re on the larger side), drizzle with olive oil and give them a 20-minute head start in the oven before adding everything else to your tray bake.
  • Stir some big olives in for the last 10 minutes of the cooking time (watch your teeth if they have stones in!).

TIP: If you do decide to add potatoes, make sure you use a really big baking dish that will fit everything in without overcrowding the pan.

Storing and freezing

Somehow we think this chicken and chorizo bake tastes even better the next day. Throw any leftovers into sealed storage containers (or just cover the baking dish with aluminium foil for easy reheating) and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

It reheats really well in the microwave – around 4 and a half minutes usually does it.

Alternatively you can freeze any leftovers in well sealed food containers or bags for up to 6 months. It tastes as good as new when defrosted and reheated.

Love chicken and chorizo? Check out this easy chicken and chorizo risotto, too! If you like this meal, you’ll also love this Mediterranean stove top chicken casserole and this amazing pan-fried gnocchi with cherry tomato sauce (for a veggie option!).

Overhead of a whole blue cast iron pan of chicken and chorizo and cherry tomato bake on a marble background with a blue tea towel.

What about dessert?

Looking for a Spanish themed dessert to go with this main course? I highly recommend this amazing San Sebastian cheesecake aka burnt Basque cheesecake. It’s very impressive and unique, but SO easy to make!

More one pan chicken dinners

  • Ever tried a tagine? This Moroccan chicken stew is so easy to make, and a crowd pleaser the whole family will enjoy.

Or click here to search my one-pot meal archives: this is my favourite kind of meal, so there are too many to list them all here!

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4.56 from 81 votes

One-pan Chicken And Chorizo With Cherry Tomatoes

This baked chicken & chorizo is the simplest of one pan chicken dinners, but also one of the tastiest. Just pile chicken, tomatoes, chorizo, garlic, basil and seasoning into a baking dish and bake until browned and bubbling. So delicious, and a perfect crowd pleasing easy dinner for the family or guests.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 – 5 people

Ingredients 
 

  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (about 8 medium thighs, but a little more or less is fine)
  • 1 bulb garlic, split into cloves but unpeeled
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 5 ounces chorizo, Around one good quality sausage, chopped into small pieces. You can add more to taste if you like.
  • 1 bunch basil, chopped or torn
  • 2.75 pounds tomatoes, I use cherry tomatoes for ease, but any small tomatoes or chopped larger ones will work
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, optional
  • toasted bread with olive oil and salt or mashed potatoes, to serve (optional)

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 355F.
  • Place the chicken thighs in a large baking dish. Scatter the garlic cloves in between/over them, then grind over a generous amount of salt and pepper.
    1.5 pounds chicken thighs, 1 bulb garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Scatter the chorizo pieces over the chicken, followed by the basil and then the tomatoes.
    5 ounces chorizo, 1 bunch basil, 2.75 pounds tomatoes
  • Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar (if using), then bake for around an hour until the tomatoes are slightly charred and the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned where it pokes through the sauce. Toss and stir once half way through cooking.
    1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Serve in dishes with toasted bread with olive oil or with a potato side dish.
    toasted bread with olive oil and salt or mashed potatoes

Notes

Chicken: Feel free to use skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and/or legs in this recipe instead, if you prefer. Cooking time should be around the same.
Chorizo: Use Spanish chorizo, NOT Mexican (two different things!). Look for a whole authentic dark-colored chorizo sausage rather than a paler one which tends to be less flavorsome. Aldi usually has good options!
Garlic: I leave the garlic unpeeled so it roasts in the skins – perfect for squeezing out into the tomato-ey sauce! You can peel the garlic though if you prefer.
Leftovers and freezing instructions: This baked chicken and chorizo makes great leftovers! Simply serve into dishes, cover and reheat in a microwave for about 4.5 minutes. This is one of those meals that I think tastes even better the next day!
Alternatively you can freeze the leftovers. Simply freeze in glass containers for up to 6 months, then defrost and reheat either on the stove top or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 721kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 216mg, Sodium: 847mg, Potassium: 1313mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2835IU, Vitamin C: 43.1mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 3mg
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75 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for another simple and delicious meal Helen. I needed to use up some halloumi so added “your” chips as a garnish, which took it to a whole new level! Will definitely make this again. Regards, Helen from Arrowtown

    1. Hello Helen! You’re so welcome, and I LOVE your idea of adding crispy halloumi! Wow! I can definitely see how that works! Thank you so much for letting me know 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Helen,
    I have been using at least one recipe of yours a week in the past couple of weeks. They have been such a great discovery, and this was a huge hit tonight with my family. The chorizo with the tomatoes was such a delicious mix. I could only find one chorizo at the grocery, which sort of fell apart when I cut it, which was no one’s fault, but the taste after it cooked was mouthwatering, and the chicken was cooked perfectly. One of my favorite flavors and textures is tomatoes after a good roasting and the skins are a bit seared. Darn, this is a great recipe. I am going to find a better chorizo to use next time. What a simple, straight-forward recipe. We all loved it here. I served your toasted bread with olive oil as well, along with simple mashed potatoes. The meal felt wholesome and very healthy. Cheers and thanks!

    1. Hello, Tim! Once again, thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. It’s always so appreciated and often makes my day. This recipe is one of our family favorites, but I can relate to your issue with the chorizo! We first started making this recipe when we were living in the UK and I found that the chorizo available there much tastier. Here in Australia it can be very hit and miss. There are some truly awful chorizos here, with the odd better one hiding among them. If it’s possible to find one, I find the authentic Spanish versions the best. They are usually on the darker side colour wise, and very tasty so you don’t need to add as much to get the same overall flavour profile in the dish.

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you again! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I love that there’s so little washing up after this. Everything goes in one oven tray. Then you take out once for turning. It’s relatively cheap and has all the kitchen regulars in. And best of all, it tasted delicious. I will definitely be making this again, and I’m so glad I tried it. We didn’t need potato’s/crusty bread, we just added butter beans, and they were good healthy fillers. Thank you!

    1. Hello Kelly. Thank you so much for the feedback, and actually I really like your idea of adding a few butter beans as an alternative to bread or potatoes. 🙂