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Close up of Skillet Chicken Thighs with Apricots and Oilves in cast iron pan with basil

Skillet Chicken Thighs Recipe with Apricots and Olives

Valentina K. Wein
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Apricots and Olives is a hearty and delicious a one-pan comfort food dish that’s excellent for a busy weeknight and interesting and lovely enough for entertaining on the weekend.
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 446 kcal



  • Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large skillet (cast iron is best). Place the pan over medium-high heat. Lightly sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and add them to the pan once it’s very hot. Sauté just long enough to lightly brown, about 1 minute per side. (Do this in two batches if it’s a tight fit.) Remove the chicken and set it aside on a plate covered with foil.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low and add the shallots. Stirring a bit, once they begin to soften, add the garlic and sauté for another couple of minutes. Add the olives and apricots and sauté, stirring often until everything begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Move the pan away from the heat and add the vermouth. Turn the heat to medium-high and using a deglazing spatula, scrape any bits of the ingredients stuck to the bottom of the pan off, and into the mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Here’s How to Season to Taste.) When the vermouth has almost completely reduced, stir in the oregano.
  • Return all of the chicken pieces to the pan, placing them more or less beneath the olive-apricot mixture. Reduce the heat to low, drizzle evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the honey, and cover. Cook just until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the basil and serve.
Keywords chicken for family dinner, comfort food recipes for fall and winter
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