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Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs and about 1/3 cup sauce)
Brown flavorful chicken thighs, then simmer in a slow cooker with garlic, diced tomatoes, and white wine for an Italian-inspired chicken dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), skinned
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 270
  • fat 12.9 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 2.8 g
  • protein 29.1 g
  • carbohydrate 8.7 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 99 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 658 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Place chicken in an electric slow cooker. Add garlic to pan, and sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 30 seconds. Place wine mixture in cooker. Add tomato paste, crushed red pepper, and tomatoes to cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, olives, and parsley.

Cook's Notes

Add capers along with the olives, parsley, and seasoning for a more briny flavor, if you like. The parsley goes in last to keep its flavor and color intense.