Italian Roasted Chicken Thighs with Peppers, Onions

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Tender Italian Roasted Chicken Thighs from Spinach Tiger

This is the fourth time in two weeks that I made these roasted chicken thighs with some variation of peppers, onions, and olives because the combination of flavors is so good.

I got this new Le Creuset in Marine blue for my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to use it. This is a five quart braiser and it’s perfect to first brown meat and then put it in the oven.

Why is this combination of peppers and onions taste so good with Italian roasted chickens thighs?

The onions caramelize. The peppers melt and the vegetables make their own sauce. The Italian roasted chicken thighs become so tender, when you eat the chicken as a full bite with some of those veggies, it melts in your mouth.

How to Make Italian Roasted Chicken Thighs with Peppers, Onions from Spinach Tiger

Roasted Chicken thighs are awesome with a medley of bell peppers, onions and garlic. If you added nothing else, this would still be that dish you will hope has enough for leftovers! I’m not sure why there aren’t more dishes with roasted peppers, but there needs to be.

Once the peppers cook down and the onions caramels, the flavors will be incredible. I only used three large peppers for this dish, but feel free to use more peppers and lots of onions and garlic. You might think you’re starting with too many peppers, but they will reduce down.

Italian Roasted Chicken thighs is delicious big fat healthy food.

You can feel free to enjoy each tender, juicy bite. Instead of potatoes, I used low-carb, purple-top turnips. If you’re not familiar with turnips, you might be interested in this post. 

I used herbs de provence for the herbs and finished with a bit of fresh Italian parsley. You can use fresh rosemary and thyme.

Sometimes I included Italian sausage, sometimes I didn’t. I threw them in raw and they cooked away, swimming in those great flavors. At any rate, the sausage can be part of tomorrow’s lunch!

We love chicken thighs in this house.

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4.08 from 13 votes

Italian Chicken Thighs with Peppers, Onions

Chicken thighs roasted in the oven with peppers and onions.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • avocado oil
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 drumsticks or more thighs
  • 2 Italian Sausage links see notes
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 3 large bell peppers of various colors see notes
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 2 turnips peeled and cut into quarters or smaller (or potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon or more of herbs de provence
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Salt chicken thighs for one hour, leaving out at room temperature if you have time.
  • Heat oil in large frying pan. Brown chicken on medium high until the skin is browned. I do this because the skin doesn't get as crispy in the oven. This will aid in that.
  • Clean out pan if this is the pan you are using to roast. A big cast iron braiser, roasting pan, or sheet pan will also work.
  • Slice onions, medium thickness about 1/4 inch.
  • Seed and slice peppers into strips.
  • Peel garlic cloves.
  • Layer the onions, peppers, chicken. The juice from the chicken will fall into the vegetables.
  • Add garlic cloves whole.
  • If adding sausage, add in raw sausage links.
  • Add turnips.
  • Add olives.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 -60 minutes until the sausage and onions are caramelized.


You don't have to include Italian sausage to make this dish. We don't always do that, but it's really awesome if you do.
As far as peppers and onions, you can add more. They will cook down considerably.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night. It was nothing short of amazing. A 5 star restaurant couldn’t have been better. I used hot chicken sausage from Publix which was tasty, though any sausage would do I’m sure. And potatoes instead of turnips, cut up small. Can’t wait to make this againAnd it was very easy!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Tried this recipe 2 years ago and have been making it twice a month since! The smell that emanates from the oven gets the family quite excited for dinner! I enjoy adding Castelvetrano olives to the pot-they add a particular butteriness married with the garlic cloves that makes this dish out of this world! Thank you for posting this recipe! Love the addition of the turnips!

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  4. 5 stars
    My wife said, “Oh my gosh, the chicken with the herbed peppers are great.” I deviated using chicken breasts and left out the olives. I also used red potatoes as I had those on hand.

    Thanks once again,


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