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Spanish Stew Chicken Thighs


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (2 pounds)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 pound cured chorizo, chopped

  • 1 red mild frying or bell pepper, chopped

  • 2-3 small ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 jalapeño or Fresno chili pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine

  • 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes (15 ounces)

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley

  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives

  • Crusty bread, for mopping


In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; add to the skillet and cook, turning once, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the chorizo to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Add the frying pepper, celery, onion, garlic and chili pepper. Cover partially and cook until the vegetables are just softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the sherry and cook, stirring up any browned bits.

Add the tomatoes, stock and chicken to the pan. Partially cover and simmer until cooked through, 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley and olives. Serve with crusty bread alongside.