Mediterranean Stovetop Chicken

This chicken recipe has rapidly become a favorite at our home. It is a flavorful and delicious dish, with a pronounced Mediterranean flair that is relatively easy to make.


  • 2 lbs. skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 heaping teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice


  1. Thinly slice the onions and then quarter the onion slices.
  2. Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet and on a low flame saute the onions until they are translucent stirring occasionally to separate the pieces.
  3. While the onion is sautéing, cut the chicken thighs into smaller bite sized pieces.
  4. Once the onions have started to caramelize, add the chicken pieces to the skillet.
  5. Gently stirring the skillet, add the dry spices and the tomato paste.
  6. Keep the mixture at a low simmer. At first, there will not be much moisture but that will quickly build as the chicken cooks.
  7. At this stage, all that is needed is to continue stirring occasionally to ensure all the chicken pieces have cooked through (usually in less than 15 minutes).


  • This recipe scales up or down easily, for 1 lb. of chicken, simply use one onion, half of the spices and half of the tomato paste.
  • This dish pairs excellently with cauliflower rice.


  1. This is delicious! Well worth chopping up the chicken and mixing the spices. I generally grill during the week just to keep things simple, but this merits the extra effort. 😊

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