Braised chicken with Spanish olives (pollo con salsa de aceitunas espanolas)

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
 Braised chicken with Spanish olives (pollo con salsa de aceitunas espanolas)
This Spanish classic tastes great and is perfect for a dinner party.

8 free-range chicken thighs

50ml Spanish olive oil

6-8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp flour

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

3 tbsp brandy

1 glass of white wine

200ml water or chicken stock

150g pitted green and purple Spanish olives

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.

Place a large heavy-based pan over a high heat and add the olive oil. 

Brown the chicken thighs all over, placing them skin-side down first as they will release a bit of fat, which will turn the chicken a lovely golden brown. 

Remove from pan and set aside. 

Reduce the heat to medium. 

Add the garlic and onion and fry until it starts to colour. 

Now sprinkle over the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time. 

Add the rosemary sprigs and then quickly flambé by setting light to the pan with a lighter or some long matches.

Add the wine and stir into the flour until there are no lumps. 

Return the chicken thighs to the pan and simmer for a couple of minutes until the wine has reduced by half and some of the alcohol has evaporated. 

Stir in the water or stock, add the olives and some black pepper, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the chicken is tender and you have a juicy and rich sauce.

Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cooking Time
40 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Alcohol, Chicken

Recipe Type
Dinner, Entertaining, Tapas


Level of Difficulty

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