One-Pot Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil

One-pot dishes are a tradition in our home. They are rich in flavors, good comfort food, and easy to prepare. Besides, you have less to clean up after them. Today, I give you a recipe inspired by a slow-cooking dish, which tastes equally amazing cooked on the stove. Here’s my rendition of one-pot chicken, with tomatoes, basil and garlic.

There’s one thing you will love about this easy to cook recipe: you can use as many different tomatoes as you want. Think kumato tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, beefsteak, better boy, cherokee purple… whatever crosses your path. There’s no rule. I like to combine as many varieties as I can get.

As far as quantities go… this is comfort food: use as much chicken as you need to have the bottom of the pot almost covered. In my case, I have a medium sized non-stick pot and I only needed three chicken legs and three breasts. We are three in our family: I figured we will have some leftovers for tomorrow. I was wrong.

First, these are the main ingredients:

tomato basil


These are some of the steps:

fried chicken

one-pot chicken

And the final result, served with polenta:

one-pot chicken served with polenta

The recipe steps follow below:

One-Pot Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil

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Serves 3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total time
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1 hour, 55 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
By author Mihaela Lica Butler (FusionMom)
A nice, crisp and tender chicken,cooked on the stove, with tomatoes, garlic and basil. You can serve it with anything from potatoes to Couscous, polenta, rice or pasta.


  • 3 Chicken legs
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 4-6 medium slices Dry tomatoes
  • All purpose flour (to coat the chicken)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 4 Globe tomatoes (sliced)
  • 20 Cocktail tomatoes mixed (kumato, Sun Sugar, grape tomatoes, etc) (Half sliced, half whole.)
  • 1 Beefsteak tomato (sliced)
  • 3-4 Campari tomatoes (sliced)
  • 6-7 cloves Garlic (pealed)
  • 1 Parsley root (peeled)
  • 1 bunch Fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 pinch Pepper (freshly grounded)
  • 1 pinch Sea salt


Step 1
Season the chicken with salt then coat in flour - just roll it through a shallow plate of flour or place the flour in a resealable plastic food storage bag, add the chicken, and shake to coat. The flour will help your tomato sauce thicken.
Step 2
In a deep iron non-stick pot, drizzle the canola oil, and wait to heat: don't wait too long, canola oil has a tendency to "burn" if it's not the best quality you can find. Set the stove to medium heat.
Step 3
Add the flour coated chicken, and fry on both sides, till golden crispy. Begin skin side down, then turn on the other side, after about 7-8 minutes.
fried chicken
Step 4
When the chicken is almost fried (about 15-16 minutes) add on top garlic, tomatoes, basil and the parsley root, all at once.
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Step 5
Place a lid on top, and let it all simmer at medium temperature, for an added 20 minutes. Make sure you stir every two-minutes or so, to prevent chicken from sticking on the bottom.
Step 6
Your dish is ready. Serve with polenta, mash potatoes, or rice.
one-pot chicken served with polenta