chicken with tomato sauce

Italian Chicken with Tomato Sauce


This recipe was first published on our newest blog Belmorso. Soup is not the only cosy meal you can enjoy during the colder months. This Italian chicken with tomato sauce is ideal for Winter nights. You can enjoy it with some bread and make the scarpetta. And you can even make a delicious plate of spaghetti with the leftover sauce.

What to expect: this recipe is simple, in fact it only includes a handful of ingredients, but it’s very aromatic thanks to the herbs and the red wine. Once it’s ready, you’ll be surprised by how tender and flaky the chicken is, and you’ll keep looking for more of that delicious gravy for dipping into.


What’s so special about this Chicken with tomato sauce recipe?

When you taste it you won’t believe you made it using just 5 ingredients, plus the herbs.

If you make this recipe for two people, and follow the exact proportions, you’ll end up with a meal you can enjoy with a side of vegetables or potatoes.

But that’s not it. You’ll also have plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day for dinner. All you have to do is boil some spaghetti, or a more artisan pasta like Belmorso Wholemeal Strozzapreti, mix in the onions and tomato gravy with the cooked pasta, serve and grate some parmesan cheese.

This means you’ll cook once and have dinner ready for the next night too. Isn’t that amazing?

Let’s make it.


How to make Chicken with Tomato Sauce?

Here are the steps to make this incredibly easy but generous main course.

  1. Make the tomato sauce
  2. Prep the chicken
  3. Put everything in a casserole and bake

Our full recipe follows. As usual, you can follow the steps on the screen or print it out.

Like most traditional Italian dishes, the secret to them tasting so good is simply using high quality ingredients. We suggest using a great extra virgin olive oil like Belmorso EVOO.



  • 1 onion large
  • 3 tbsp Belmorso extra virgin olive oil
  • 600 gr tomato pulp or chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/3 glass red wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken drumsticks



Prepare the ingredients to make the recipe.
ingredients for chicken with tomato sauce
Peel and chop the onion.
cutting onions
Add the onion and the extra virgin olive oil to a pot and let them sauté.
onion for soffritto
Clean your chicken drumsticks, removing any extra fat.
chicken drumsticks
Add the chopped tomatoes to the pot with onions, and season.
making tomato sauce for chicken
Add the thyme and bay leaves in the same pot.
adding thyme and bay leaves to tomato sauce
Add the wine and leave to evaporate.
adding wine to tomato sauce
Lower the heat, cover with a lid and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
simmering tomato sauce for chicken
In the meantime, pan fry the outer skin of your chicken drumsticks.
pan frying chicken drumsticks
Once done, layer the chicken into your casserole.
As soon as it has finished simmering, top the chicken drumsticks with the tomato sauce.
adding tomato sauce to chicken
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
chicken with tomato sauce is ready to bake
After 45 minutes, take the casserole out of the oven and serve the chicken. See notes.



You can serve the chicken with tomato sauce with a side of vegetables, with some rice, or potatoes. You’ll have plenty of sauce leftover to make a delicious pasta the next day, or that same day if you are feeling very peckish.

Pairings for this main course

This recipe doesn’t include vegetables, other than the onions. You can of course choose your favourite vegetable to enjoy on the side. Great options are steamed broccoli, baked potatoes and steamed rice.

Alternatively, feel free to add some pre-boiled carrots and potatoes in the casserole with your protein.

However, if you opt to add the potatoes too, you won’t be able to use the leftovers for pasta.


Other similar recipes to try

I am including a list of chicken recipes, as well as one pot baked recipes, for you to try. If you like this recipe I am pretty sure you are going to love these other ones.

Easy Chicken Dinner with Prelibato

Balsamic Grilled Chicken

Lamb Stew with Red Sauce

Baked Sausages with Broccoli and Pesto


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