One-pan baked chicken with chorizo and tomatoes

The simplest of baked chicken meals, 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!
Course Main meal
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 - 5 people
Calories 721 kcal
Author Helen


  • 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)
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  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 355F.
  2. 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.

  3. Scatter the chorizo pieces over the chicken, followed by the basil and then the tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle over the olive oil and balsamic vinegar (if using), then bake for 50 minutes until the tomatoes are slightly charred and bubbling and the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned where it pokes through the sauce (toss and stir once half way through cooking).
  5. Serve in dishes with the toasted bread or over mashed potatoes, as you choose.

Recipe Notes

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.

This makes great leftovers! Simply serve into dishes, cover and reheat in a microwave for about 4.5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
One-pan baked chicken with chorizo and tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 721 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 847mg35%
Potassium 1313mg38%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 2835IU57%
Vitamin C 43.1mg52%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.