Spanish Chicken with Tomato Sauce (Pollo con Tomate) - Spanish Recipes

Spanish Chicken with Tomato Sauce (Pollo con Tomate)

This quick and easy Spanish chicken recipe makes the perfect mid-week meal. It also freezes well, so go on and double the recipe and save some for later!

Pollo con tomate recipe Spanish chicken in tomato sauce
Delicious pollo con tomate. Photo by Frédérique Voisin-Demery on flickr cc.

Here in Spain, you don’t find much chicken on restaurant menus outside of the Catalonia region. Spain is all about pork — with beef, lamb, and goat also popular. But chicken is eaten quite a lot at home, and the free-range corn-fed chickens available in the local markets are some of the best you can find. 

This simple Spanish chicken with tomato sauce recipe is a popular homemade dish that uses ingredients most Spaniards have on hand. You can use chicken drumsticks or chicken breasts — really whatever you prefer. 

Pollo Con Tomate Recipe

Pollo con tomate recipe Spanish chicken in tomato sauce

Spanish Chicken with Tomato Sauce (Pollo con Tomate)

Lauren Aloise
This easy and delicious recipe for Spanish chicken in tomato sauce is perfect for a quick mid-week meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 316.28 kcal


  • 8 drumsticks you can substitute chicken breasts if you prefer
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes diced (or 2 cans of whole tomatoes, diced)
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and lightly dust with flour
  • Heat a heavy skillet (cast iron or stainless steel is ideal) with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sear the chicken on all sides until golden
  • Add the onion, garlic and pepper and sauté for about one minute
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, or until reduced by half
  • Add the diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer
  • Cover for 10 minutes (or until the chicken is fully cooked)
  • Remove the lid and let the sauce reduce over a very low simmer if it's still too thin
  • Take off the heat and let the dish sit for at least 30 minutes for best flavor (as with any stew, overnight is even better!)
  • Serve with rice or with your favorite potato dish


Calories: 316.28kcalCarbohydrates: 13.04gProtein: 29.5gFat: 15.95gSaturated Fat: 4.02gCholesterol: 140.21mgSodium: 216.78mgPotassium: 778.64mgFiber: 2.65gSugar: 6.17gVitamin A: 2025.71IUVitamin C: 58.05mgCalcium: 40.55mgIron: 1.69mg
Keyword Pollo con Tomate, Spanish chicken recipe, tomato chicken
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