This Spanish Chicken Bake is made with pimiento-stuffed Manzanilla Olives from Spain, chorizo, bell peppers, and kale. Everything bakes together in one delicious pan. Chicken dinner doesn't get any easier or tastier than this!

A close up of a this Spanish chicken bake with olives, kale, peppers, and chorizo.

Why we love this Spanish chicken bake

  • We've added a generous amount of delicious Manzanilla Olives from Spain. These guys are buttery and have the most amazing flavor.
  • Spanish chorizo. We ♥ you.
  • Crispy bits of kale.
  • Give it up for a one-pan dinner!
  • 15 easy minutes of prep and this pan is ready to go into the oven and cook itself while you pour yourself a glass of wine and congratulate yourself on your pro kitchen skills.
  • It's a healthy recipe that's Whole30 and dairy, sugar, and gluten-free.

Looking down at a skillet filled with crispy Spanish chicken and lots of green olives.

Why we love Olives from Spain

Olives from Spain are really special and these Spanish Manzanilla Olives are the best I've tried. They have the most beautiful and subtle flavor that's truly addictive. Try putting out a plate at a party; they won't last long. (I've had friends nearly lose their minds when I've shared these with them. They're that good.)

But these little green gems are good for more than snacking on, they're great to cook with. I love adding them to rich chicken dishes, like this chicken and chorizo bake, or this Spanish Chicken and Cauliflower Rice.

We eat a lot of Olives from Spain around here. I love that they're healthy and I can feel good about feeding them to my family. My daughter loves these Spanish Manzanilla but goes CRAZY for Hojiblanca Olives from Spain. 1 out of every two olives eaten in Canada is from Spain and I'm fairly certain that she's responsible for those numbers.

The ingredients for making a Spanish chicken bake.

What ingredients are in a Spanish Chicken Bake?

Don't be fooled by the shorter ingredient list. This Spanish chicken tray bake is full of flavor. We accomplish this by using boldly-flavored ingredients.

  • Manzanilla Olives from Spain – their flavor works so well in savory chicken recipes like this one.
  • Chicken thighs – they are so much more flavorful than chicken breasts and stay juicy even after a long bake in a hot oven.
  • Spanish chorizo – a little goes a long way to really boost the flavor.
  • Spanish paprika – beautifully smoky.
  • Veggies – we're looking at you, onions, garlic, and peppers. You three are tasty.
  • Kale – this may not be about flavor, but the kale that's at the top gets crispy and provides a delicious contrast.

2 baked Spanish chicken thighs on a plate with peppers, crispy kale, and lots of olives.

What to serve with Spanish Chicken Bake

This is easily a one pot dinner recipe. Two juicy chicken thighs plus a whole heap of veggies is our idea of the perfect meal. But if you'd like a little something extra, these recipes go great with this chicken:

Check out these other recipes using Olives from Spain

A big skillet of this Spanish chicken bake and a jar and bowl of Spanish manzanilla olives on the side.

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Spanish Chicken Bake with Kale and Manzanilla Olives from Spain

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

This Spanish Chicken Bake it made with pimiento-stuffed Manzanilla Olives from Spain, chorizo, bell peppers, and kale. Everything bakes together in one delicious pan. Chicken dinner doesn't get any easier or tastier than this!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pimiento-stuffed Manzanilla Olives from Spain, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces Spanish chorizo, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly slices
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, sliced
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 cups of torn kale leaves, packed
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon each: salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Coarsely chop 1 ½ cups of the Manzanilla Olives from Spain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 1 1/2 cups of chopped Manzanilla Olives from Spain, the chorizo, garlic, red peppers, onion, and rosemary and cook just until the veggies begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the kale to the skillet and let it wilt.
  3. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet, nestling them between the veggies. Sprinkle the top of the chicken with the Spanish paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Put the skillet into your oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Manzanilla Olives from Spain around the skillet and serve right away.

Notes

Try to make sure a bunch of the kale is on top and not stuck under the chicken or veggies. The kale that is on top will get deliciously crispy in the oven.

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