Savory Chicken Provençal: A Taste of Southern France


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Southern France with Savory Chicken Provençal. This dish, brimming with the flavors of ripe tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and olives, encapsulates the essence of Provençal cuisine. It's a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance, offering a delightful experience for your taste buds.

Savory Chicken Provençal: A Taste of Southern France

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 550mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 6g


  • Chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on: 800g (1.76 lbs / 28 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.5 oz)
  • Ripe tomatoes, chopped: 400g (14 oz)
  • Dry white wine: 120ml (4 oz)
  • Kalamata olives, pitted: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Capers: 25g (0.9 oz)
  • Fresh thyme: 5g (0.2 oz)
  • Fresh basil, chopped: 15g (0.5 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Preparation: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Brown the Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Sauté the Garlic: In the same skillet, add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Create the Sauce: Add tomatoes, white wine, olives, and capers. Bring to a simmer.
  • Bake: Return the chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle with thyme and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish: Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use Ripe Tomatoes: The sweetness and acidity of ripe tomatoes are key to the flavor.
  • Quality Olives: Kalamata olives are preferred for their rich flavor and texture.
  • Proper Browning: Ensure the chicken is well-browned for depth of flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs?

Yes, but the cooking time may be less as breasts cook faster than thighs.

What can I use instead of white wine?

Chicken broth or a non-alcoholic white wine can be used as substitutes.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Yes, Chicken Provençal is naturally gluten-free. Ensure all ingredients are gluten-free if necessary.

Can this be made in advance?

Absolutely! The flavors develop nicely when allowed to sit, making it a great make-ahead dish.