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It’s hard to beat an easy chicken dinner, which makes this Italian chicken skillet an easy hit! Crisp and juicy chicken thighs, fresh mushrooms and extra garlic simmers together in an Italian-spiced tomato sauce to create the most flavorful dish.

serving of chicken in sauce over pasta. glass of wine and napkin in background

This seriously tender chicken and savory tomato sauce is the main attraction however you choose to serve it! Toss with some pasta or serve over rice- any which way you choose is a winner-winner, chicken dinner. 😉

how to make this Italian chicken

For this Italian chicken skillet, we like to use chicken thighs with skin on them. The chicken is seared and the chicken skin ends up nice and crisp before it simmers in the sauce.

To make this easy chicken dinner, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • sliced mushrooms
  • chopped onion
  • garlic
  • red wine
  • chicken broth
  • crushed tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • freshly chopped basil
  • chopped, fresh parsley
  • basil sprigs (optional garnish)

This Italian chicken skillet is such an easy chicken dinner, which is one of the reasons we love it. It’s a dish that requires little work but always results in big flavor!

Here’s how to make it (for the full recipe, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page!):

  1. Cook the chicken – Rinse and dry chicken thighs, then season with salt and pepper. Sear the chicken in a hot skillet with oil, skin side down, until they’re golden brown. Set the chicken aside.
  2. Make the Italian sauce – Cook the mushrooms in the skillet until they’re browned. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Pour in the wine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir in the broth, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and Italian seasoning, brining the entire mixture to a boil and then simmering on low for a few minutes.
  3. Simmer the chicken in the broth – Nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce, skin side up. Cover the skillet and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Garnish and serve – Serve the chicken and Italian sauce with your favorite pasta or rice, garnished with chopped parsley or basil.
Italian sauce in skillet with chicken thighs. Towel and fork in background

pro tips for the best chicken skillet

We use bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe because they tend to be really tender and juicy when cooked. Plus, the skin crisps up nicely and gives the dish a lot of added flavor. It’s not a must, but we definitely recommend it!

If you decide to substitute chicken breasts for this recipe, you absolutely can, but make sure to reduce the cooking time in the sauce since the chicken breasts are boneless. You’ll only need about 15 minutes of simmering the chicken in the sauce. The internal temperature should show 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Overhead view of a serving of chicken thigh in Italian tomato sauce with a fork. Napkin and a glass of red wine in background

There’s a lot to love about this easy chicken skillet dinner! It’s a healthy, veggie-loaded meal with the right balance of aromatics and fresh herbs.

One of the things I love about this recipe is it’s incredibly versatile which makes it a great choice if you’re preparing a meal for a range of diet types. On its own, it’s a keto, paleo, low-carb and gluten-free option!

However you serve it, whether it’s with your favorite carb of choice or the low-carb route with some steamed vegetables on the side, this Italian chicken skillet will not disappoint!

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  • Our Easy Pork Fried Rice is a 10-minute recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights! It’s a use-what-you-have type of recipe that can come together with bits of this and that! Don’t you love that kind of meal? We sure do!
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Italian sauce in skillet with chicken thighs. Towel and fork in background

Easy Italian Chicken Skillet

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Easy Italian Chicken Skillet is made with seared chicken thighs, sliced mushrooms and lots of garlic, simmered in a savory, Italian seasoned tomato sauce until tender and juicy.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated ir minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 (14-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Basil sprigs for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken thighs and pat with paper towels to remove moisture.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering.   Working in batches, add the chicken thighs skin side down, and sear until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned.  Add onions and cook, stirring until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.  
  4. Pour in the red wine and bring to a simmer.  Stir in the chicken broth, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and Italian seasoning.  Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, stir and simmer for 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.  
  5. Nestle the chicken thighs and any accumulated juices into the sauce, skin side up.   Cover the skillet and simmer for 30 minutes.


To Serve:

  1. Serve with your favorite pasta or rice and garnished with chopped parsley.

Notes

If you sub chicken breasts for this recipe, reduce the cooking time in the sauce to 15 minutes. Internal temperature should register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 628Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 292mgSodium: 768mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 57g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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mimi rippee

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

This just looks dreamy to me. but my husband won't eat chicken thighs. Jeez. Maybe I'll invite a bunch of reasonable friends over when he's out of town!!!

Pat Nyswonger

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Ha, ha, that's a great idea, Mimi....do it! Thanks for your comments :)

angiesrecipes

Monday 1st of June 2020

Those chicken thighs are absolutely perfect seared! This is truly a wonderful meal, Pat.

Pat Nyswonger

Monday 1st of June 2020

Thank you, Angie and it is delicious!

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