Fresh and Flavorful Family Chicken Provençal Recipe
This chicken thigh recipe is filled with flavor from the Mediterranean where dishes are prepared with lots of oils. lemons, olive and tomatoes.
A nice change of pace from traditional chicken recipes, this recipe takes many of our favorite fresh ingredients and blends them together for a truly flavorful meal.
Your family will enjoy this flavorful dinner – serve with a salad tossed with feta cheese and additional olives.
Very Flavor Mediterranean Style Recipe that Uses Chicken Thighs
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 6 bone-in chicken thighs
- 4-5 cloves garlic minced
- 2 small shallots or 1 large, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/3 cup green olives drained and halved
- 1/3 cup Niçoise olives drained and halved
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 tablespoon capers
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- 1 large lemon sliced and then cut into small wedges
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.
Add one tablespoon extra virgin olive to a large cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Lightly season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper and add to hot skillet. Cook until the skin is nicely browned and releases easily from the bottom of the skillet, approximately 5-6 minutes.
Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes on the remaining side. Transfer chicken to a platter and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet. Add garlic and shallot and sauté, stirring continually, for 1-2 minutes or just until the shallot softens and develops some color.
Add the white wine and deglaze the skillet by gently scraping with a plastic spatula to release any browned bits from the bottom.
Add the olives, tomatoes, capers, herbes de Provence, and chicken broth to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until heated through, approximately 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat and nestle the chicken thighs in amongst the olive and tomato mixture. Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads just over 160°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat (but not touching the bone).
Remove from oven and loosely cover the skillet with foil for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
This flavor-packed Mediterranean dish hails from the Provence region in southeastern France. This version features economical bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for maximum flavor, but any cut of chicken can be used provided the cook time is adjusted accordingly.
With that in mind, always cook meat to temperature, rather than by time. Final cook time will vary according to several factors, including thickness of the cut, internal starting temperature, and individual oven variations.
For best results, check with an instant-read thermometer after 15 minutes and adjust final cook time accordingly. (Chicken should be just over 160°F when it comes out of the oven. The temperature will continue to rise several degrees as it rests until it reaches the recommended safe temperature of 165°F).
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What are Nicoise Olives?
Niçoise olives are produced in the region that surrounds the French Riviera. They have an intensely herb-packed savory flavor. Niçoise olives are the traditional choice for this classic southern French dish. However, Kalamata olives or any black olive can be used if they are unavailable.
What to Serve with Your Chicken Provencal
We serve this tasty chicken recipe over rice and a loaf of Italian bread and butter.