Spicy rosemary tomato chicken served in a dish

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken

Spicy Rosemary Tomato Chicken - Rosemary, aromatic eastern spices and hot peppers in a rich tomato gravy make a great flavor combination for tasty chicken!!
Course Stews
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Chicken Stew, Rosemary Chicken, Tomato Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 (1 cup per serving)
Calories 180kcal
Author Roxana Begum


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs (cut and clean, no skin)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion yellow, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 ½ cups tomatoes chopped
  • 1 to 2 Serrano peppers (adjust per taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Advieh (Persian spice mix or substitue*)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin ground
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (adjust per taste)
  • Pepper to taste


  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron pot. Season chicken with some salt and pepper.
  • Sear the chicken pieces on both the sides at medium high heat, until golden brown. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set aside
  • Heat the remaining oil in the same cast iron pot. Add the sliced onion and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add the grated garlic and stir a few minutes. Then add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add rest of the ingredients and stir well. Finally add the seared chicken along with any juices and stir.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and adjust if needed to add a little more.
  • Once the gravy starts to bubble, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked well.
  • May garnish with chopped parsley. Serve this spicy rosemary tomato chicken with rice or bread and salad.


May use a eastern Mediterranean or middle eastern spice blend in place of Advieh (Persian spice blend). These spice blends are available at Persian or middle eastern or Mediterranean groceries and online.
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories 180, Total Fat 10 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g), Cholesterol 44 mg, Sodium* 489 mg, Potassium 339 mg, Phosphorus 115 mg, Total Carbohydrate 7 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 13 g
*The sodium value may vary. The suggested amount of salt is just a guideline and may need to be adjusted. Check for any added salt in spice mixes, tomato paste and other ingredients and adjust.


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