Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and Red Chillies
There’s nothing as easy as a big pan of baked chicken and veggies for a delicious weeknight dinner. And this recipe is so good you’ll be making it for all your guests too!
One of my favorite things to make for dinner is baked chicken and veggies. I toss bone-in chicken pieces and a vegetable or two into a big pan, drizzle with olive oil and slam it into the oven.
This kind of baked chicken is something I often do on a busy weeknight for us to enjoy. Never for company. But recently that changed.
We were visiting my brother-in-law and his family in London and his wife, Maria, was making dinner. I was sipping a glass of wine and planning to chat with her while she cooked. Except she finished cooking really quickly.
All she’d done was throw a bunch of stuff in the pan and slam it in the oven. For us. For company.
I was pretty surprised since I know her to be an extremely good cook.
But then I tasted it.
And then I knew why she’d made it for us. For company.
It was fantastic. Tons of flavor. Juicy chicken. A tiny bit of heat from red chillies. The fresh flavor of basil tying it altogether.
I fell in love.
And now I regularly make Maria’s Baked Chicken for us. And for company.
Here’s how I make Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and Red Chillies. The recipe is based on what I saw Maria do in her London kitchen.
- 3.5 lbs. skinless bone-in chicken thighs (about 8)
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 1-2 red chillies, sliced (don't even bother to remove the seeds)
- 15 large basil leaves (torn up a bit) plus 10-12 smaller ones for garnish
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer in a large rimmed pan or baking dish (I use my 12" cast iron skillet). Topple in the tomatoes. Skatter everything with the chillie slices and the 15 large basil leaves. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake until chicken is cooked through, about 45 minutes to an hour. The chillies and basil leaves will be blackened. But they taste good, don't worry. Scatter the remaining 10-12 basil leaves over top before serving.
Do you think you would make this baked chicken just for your own family or would you serve it to company too? Would you change it for company or keep it just as it is?