One-pan baked 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 tomatoes, chorizo, garlic, basil and olive oil into a baking dish and bake until browned and bubbling. Delicious!
- 1.5 pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless
- 1 bulb garlic split into cloves but unpeeled
- salt and pepper
- 8 ounces chorizo (I used one 'ring' torn into smallish chunks)
- 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)
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.
Scatter the chorizo pieces over the chicken, followed by the basil and then the tomatoes.
Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar (if using), then bake for 50 minutes to 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.
Serve in dishes with toasted bread or with a potato side dish.
Feel free to use skin-in, bone-in chicken thighs and/or legs in this recipe instead, if you prefer. Just cook for 10 minutes longer if you use this option.
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 & 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, then defrost and reheat either on the stove top or in the microwave.
Calories: 721kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 44gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 216mgSodium: 847mgPotassium: 1313mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2835IUVitamin C: 43.1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 3mg