Get ready for it, you guys won’t BELIEVE how delicious these Creamy Tomato Garlic Thighs are! Just take a look at these ingredients, you will be blown away at the simplicity. This is a one-pan dinner that comes together in a matter of minutes — the chicken cooks absolutely perfectly and stays moist cooking it in a pan!
First things first. I wanted to tell you guys that I joined Tiktok during quarantine, not because I needed another to-do on my daily list, but I went down a rabbit hole and became obsessed and started having so much fun with it. Contrary to popular belief, Tiktok is more than just all the dances you see, there are so many amazing creators doing all kinds of things, even food content!
So I jumped in with both feet, and I’ve been sharing quick and easy meals. But you know what I’ve found so interesting about Tiktok? So many people are MEAN and leave negative comments on recipes, which I find so mind boggling, because it’s a free recipe being shared and there are more important things in this world to criticize, but it is what is is. I share this with you because said negative comments come in every time I decide to share a “hack” or an easier recipe for something that would otherwise be so time consuming. This is likely one of them. But you guys, it is so good!!! You need to make it. So let’s get right to this amazing recipe, shall we?
Ingredients in Creamy Tomato Garlic Chicken Thighs
Chicken Thighs: In this recipe, I always go for boneless, skinless chicken thighs, though you can always feel free to use thighs with the skin on. You can also use chicken breasts, feel free! In this recipe, I chose skinless thighs, because the sauce is so flavorful, the chicken will be so nice and juicy without the extra skin. Trust me! 🙂
Fresh garlic: I highly recommend you go the extra mile and grab fresh garlic for this recipe. It does make a difference, versus using garlic powder. But to know me, is to know that I will always encourage you to use the damn garlic powder if that’s what you have. I promise you will still have the most delicious meal!
Tomato sauce: I always go for regular tomato sauce, but another yummy option for added flavor is to use marinara sauce. My favorite brand of store-bought sauces is Rao’s, but there are so many amazing ones nowadays, you really can’t go wrong!
Coconut milk: Make sure you grab the regular, full fat coconut milk. I’m talking about the coconut milk in the can!. The reduced fat version is watery, and the consistency we are going for here is CREAMY. If you don’t have an aversion to dairy or don’t like coconut milk, the substitute would be heavy cream!
Olive oil: In this recipe, the olive oil is just used to coat the pan so the chicken doesn’t stick. So if there is another oil you prefer to cook with, go for it. I just find that olive oil renders the best taste!
Spinach: Since I know someone will ask, YES, you can use frozen spinach, and in fact, I encourage you to open up that freezer of yours and dig out any frozen veggies you have hiding in there. I love spinach, chard, broccoli and cauliflower!
Basil: I go for fresh basil, but in this recipe, using dry basil is totally fine and won’t make a huge difference in the recipe if you decide to go dry vs. regular. Don’t sweat it, use what you have!
Parmesan cheese: If you aren’t lactose intolerant, please do not skip the parmesan cheese. It is OH-SO-GOOD in this recipe, adding a fantastic savory component with added creaminess, that you don’t want to miss. But don’t have any or don’t want to use any cheese? Cool. Just leave it out!
Ways to eat Creamy Tomato Garlic Chicken Thighs
I love enjoying this chicken on it’s own, with a side of veggies. Other times I love it over some pasta or rice. The sauce is so incredibly creamy, you don’t need to add any additional sauce to pasta, if using. It’s also fantastic over a bed of greens because the sauce wilts the greens, making everything so nice and soft and decadent!
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