Diva Tasting: Braised Chicken & Vegetables…

Oven-Braised Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Olives


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Pounds Skinless, Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • Salt And Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Bulb Fennel, Cut Into 1/4-Inch Thick Slivers
  • 1 White Onion, Cut Into 1/4-Inch Thick Slivers
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Dried Chile De Arbol Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 (28 Ounce) Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes In Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Pitted And Halved Green Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fennel Greens (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper. Brown chicken in the hot oil, about 5 minutes per side. Meat will still be pink inside. Transfer chicken into a bowl, leaving drippings in skillet.
  3. Turn heat down to medium; cook fennel, onion, and fennel seeds in the hot oil, stirring occasionally, until onion and fennel begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Stir garlic, thyme, and chile de arbol pepper into fennel mixture. Cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 more minute. Stir white wine into fennel mixture, scraping up and dissolving any browned bits of food on the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Pour tomatoes with puree into skillet and bring to a boil. Break tomatoes into large chunks with a wooden spoon; adjust salt and pepper. Add chicken thighs, any accumulated drippings from chicken, and olives to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven until the chicken thighs are no longer pink inside, about 45 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with fennel greens, flat-leaf parsley, and lemon zest.
  6. Serve with roasted Seasonal vegetables and biscuits.

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