Chicken Chilindron is a savory Spanish-style chicken thighs recipe. Chicken thighs braised with tomato, garlic and peppers for a delicious winter meal. Excellent paired with Cariñena, a Spanish red wine. Disclosure: Wines provided as a complimentary sample.
Although I’m a fan of Spanish wines, I don’t have them as often as some other types of wine. So I quickly jumped on the opportunity to sample some Cariñena, a Spanish wine that refers to the grape, the name of the village it comes from, and the surrounding appellation where the grapes are grown.
About Cariñena wine
You might be more familiar with the Cariñena wine grape as Carignan, as it is known in France. I learned researching for this post that although the grape is more widely planted in France these days, the wine grape Cariñena / Carignan was first cultivated in Spain.
The Cariñena region is an appellation in the Ebro Valley, located in Spain’s northeast region of Aragon, near the Pyrenees and the border with France. There are many high altitude vineyards in the region, ranging from 1300 to 2600 feet. Hot dry weather with significant temperature fluctuations create good conditions for growing Cariñena as well as Garnacha, which is now widely planted in the region.
Generally wines made from Cariñena in the region are described as being full-flavored red wines with good acidity, and the jives with the bottles I sampled for this article.
Cariñena has a long history of wine making dating back to Roman times, and many of the wines are produced from vines that are over forty years old.
How to Make Chicken Chilindron
Chicken Chilindron is a savory braised chicken dish with peppers and onions from the Aragon region of Spain, where the Cariñena appellation is located.
The typical Chicken Chilindron recipe calls for Serrano ham or some other cured pork such as prosciutto. I used this recipe on the Wine Region to Watch site as the starting point for our Chicken Chilindron.
The chicken gets season with paprika and salt before cooking. After browning the chicken in olive oil, the Region to Watch version adds prosciutto to the pan.
I was going to be sharing the Chicken Chilindron with someone who doesn’t eat pork, so I added mushrooms instead of prosciutto to provide depth of flavor. Of course, mushrooms add a different flavor than pork, but the end result was very good!
Whether you prepare the Chicken Chilindron with mushrooms or pork, the chicken thighs braise, covered, for a good forty minutes before the dish is finished. Chicken thighs are a great dish for slow braises, a comforting way to cook in the cold weather.
Cariñena Wine Pairing for Chicken Chilindron
I opened the 2016 3C Cariñena “Young Wine” ($11, 13.5% ABV) from Grandes Vinos to go with our Chicken Chilindron. This wine is made from 45 year old Cariñena vines.
The 3C Cariñena has a woodsy nose, with nice plum fruit and licorice on the palate. The wine is well-structured, with bright acidity and integrated tannins. This medium bodied wine is a good match for the braised chicken, and the acidity works with the tomatoes and peppers.
The Cariñena paired with Chicken Chilindron is another great example of the “what grows together goes together” concept!
I also had a chance to sample the 2016 Particular Valero Cariñena (14% ABV) from Bodegas San Valero. I get black pepper on the nose of this Cariñena, with blackberry fruit and notes of vanilla and oak on the palate.
Based on the two bottles of Cariñena I sampled, I really enjoy this grape as it is produced in its native land! Not to mention at around $10 per bottle it is a great value. I will definitely be on the lookout for more!Print
Chicken Chilindron (Spanish Style Chicken Thighs)
Chicken Chilindron is a savory Spanish-style chicken thighs recipe. Chicken thighs simmer with tomato, garlic and peppers for a delicious winter meal. Excellent paired with Cariñena, a Spanish red wine.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 65 mins
- Total Time: 75 mins
- Yield: 5 servings 1x
- Category: main
- Method: braise
- Cuisine: Spanish
- 5 boneless chicken thighs
- 2 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, chopped
- 8 ozs sliced mushrooms (see notes)
- 3 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 cup of cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 cup dry white wine, divided
- 6 olives, sliced
- 1 handful minced parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- Season both sides of the chicken thighs with the paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan on medium high heat. Place the chicken thighs in the pan to sear. Brown the chicken on one side for about 2 minutes, then turn to brown the other side for 2 more minutes. After both sides have been browned, move the chicken thighs to a platter to rest as you complete the next step.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and heat on medium. Add the onion to the pan, and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Stir the mushrooms into the pan, combining with the onions. Cook about 5 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften, then add ½ of the cooking wine. Cook until most of the wine has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, garlic and red bell pepper to the pan, stirring to combine the ingredients. Pour in the remaining ½ cup of cooking wine, and add the chicken thighs back into the pan.
- Cover the pan and cook on low for 40 minutes. Remove cover, stir in the olives, and simmer for 5 additional minutes to reduce the sauce.
- Serve the Chicken Chilindron over rice, and enjoy with a glass of Cariñena red wine!
- My Copper Chef Pan worked well for this dish, with its nonstick surface and steep sides. Amazon affiliate link provided for your convenience.
- The original recipe uses prosciutto, adding that after browning the chicken. I was cooking for someone that dosn’t eat pork, so added the mushrooms and olives instead of the prosciutto for depth of flavor. Consult the original recipe for more details on using prosciutto in this dish.
Keywords: chicken chilindron, Spanish chicken, chicken thighs, Cariñena
Want to try another savory chicken thighs recipe with a wine pairing? Try our Chicken Cassoulet with Languedoc wine!