Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

This is one of my favorite dinners to make. When Kiddo’s father and I were dating we used to try out a new recipe every weekend. This was one of his picks. I’ve been making it for years. 🙂 We usually have braised carrots or sautéed spinach with it.

Everyone I’ve ever served it to has liked this chicken, I hope that you will too. Kiddo has made the marinade for me several times. She is great at measuring (or scooping, as she calls it), and dumping the ingredients.



  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp salt (some times I use 1/2 a tsp- we are not big on salt)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 TBS dried cilantro or parsley (or a mix there of)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into chunks (about 6 pieces per thigh)
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees, Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix everything but the chicken, chickpeas, and tomatoes in bowl. This is Kiddo’s job. She measures and mixes adds all ingredients- except for the oil, which I measure for her.
  3. Add the marinade, and chicken pieces to a resealable plastic bag, and massage the marinade into the chicken pieces. Kiddo is pretty good at this step, too. 🙂
  4. When the chicken is evenly coated, add in the chickpeas and tomatoes. Shake to coat all ingredients with the marinade.
  5. Let marinate for at least an hour, but longer is better. The longest I’ve left the chicken to marinate was about 15 hours. It tasted great1
  6. When you are ready to cook, empty the bag into a roasting pan and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the tomatoes have burst and some of the chickpeas are browned and crunchy.


I have made a few tweaks from the original recipe (which I hadn’t even realized until I went back to find it). I like my version, but feel free to follow the original recipe, except for the salt. The salt is wrong in the original recipe. DO NOT ADD THAT MUCH!!!! 1 tsp will suffice. Enjoy!!!

(Sorry for the late post- technical difficulties!)

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