Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake

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Spanish chicken is a lovely dish to whip up when you want a filling yet delicious meal, and this Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake recipe is the perfect one-pot wonder. The Hairy Bikers have captured the classic flavours of Spain in one dish - and it's one of their diet dishes too! At just 370 calories per serving, you'd think this Hairy Bikers Spanish chicken would be lacking in flavour - far from it! The powerful flavours of paprika and chorizo give the chicken a lovely Spanish twist. This delicious Spanish chicken bake serves 4 people and will take about 1hr and 15 mins to make in total. Its well worth the wait! The Hairy Bikers use chicken thighs in this recipe to cut down the cost but feel free to use your favourite cut of chicken instead e.g. chicken breast or drumsticks. And the best thing about this Spanish chicken recipe - it's all made in one pot! Less washing up and a delicious family meal - what more could you want? This Spanish chicken recipe is part of the Hairy Dieters series.

The Hairy Bikers cut the fat on this dish by using chorizo, which has natural fats, so you don't need to add any extra


To make Spanish chicken you will need:
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 500g new potatoes, quartered lengthways
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 8 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 75g chorizo
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • tsp dried oregano
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
  • Flaked sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Put the onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes in a large roasting tin and season with sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Toss everything together lightly and roast for 20 minutes.
  2. While the vegetables are roasting, skin the chorizo and cut the meat into thin slices 5mm is about right. Put the chicken thighs on a board and carefully slash each one 2 or 3 times with a knife. Season all over with black pepper. Mix the paprika and oregano together and set aside.
  3. Take the roasting tin out of the oven, scatter the chorizo over the veg and turn everything a couple of times. Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and chorizo and sprinkle with the paprika and oregano. Season with a little salt and return to the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Take the tin out of the oven. Holding one corner carefully with an oven cloth, lift the tin a little so all the juices run to the opposite end, then spoon and drizzle the juices back over the chicken. Tuck the pepper strips loosely around the chicken and vegetables.
  5. Turn the oven up to 220C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Put the tin back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the peppers are just softened and the chicken is golden and crisp

    Recipe taken from The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight by Si King and Dave Myers (published in paperback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 14.99) (Headline RRP 20.00)

Nutritional information per portion

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  • Calories 370(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I have made this recipe 10+ times and its always superb. I vary the ingredients on the time of year eg;add carrots parsnip swede in the winter, mushrooms and squash in the autumn and courgette,aubergine,red peppers in the summer. Also made it with pork steaks, salmon and cod steaks wonderful !!

Magrat Garlick

oh and i used yellow peppers too because I like them better than green :)

Magrat Garlick

I really loved this meal, I made mine with chicken breast and followed everything, it was so strange not to use oil or butter but wow was fantastic and filling , will be making this again


This dish has the X factor, healthy, tasty and easy to make! I either replace or include less fresh tomatoes and add a tin of whole tomatoes as this makes more sauce when cooking. I also use less potatoes and serve with a little rice. I've made this for casual entertaining and always gone down well.


FYI dingleburt, recipe says skinless chicken thighs. I prepared as per recipe and was really surprised how thoroughly delicious this meal turned out to be and so easy to prepare too. Served with crusty bread and butter and a fresh green salad - will definitely become a regular fixture in my home. P.S. Reheated for lunch...BOOOOM!!


This is a healthy meal ....You don't need to eat chicken skin just cook it to keep flavour in ..Baking veg in oven is fine as long as not over cooked same applies to any other method of cooking ,finally unseasoned food mmmmm me thinks not ;-) !!!


Why are you saying this is a healthy meal? The skin on chicken thighs is full of saturated fat and adding salt to food raises your cholesterol. Baking veg in the oven destroys all the nutrients.


This was great. Very easy and very tasty. However the calorie count is at least 1/3 short of what it should be. I knew it was too good to be true!

Robert Bag

Not so good for Mondays or Fridays then?


Made this for an easy supper with friends. As previously mentioned I was able to get ready in between steps. Would make again for family and friends.


delicious - I make it without chorizo and add any other veg I fancy and it then suits slimming world perfect :) and is still delicious


Great recipie. Impressive and easy


Great healthy meal easy and quick ideal for midweek or at the weekend

Lisa Jowitt

Carbs, protein and vegetables. Perfect meal combination and no added fat! Tasty. =)


easy to make and seriously tasty!! Ingredients you'd have in your cupboard and part of your weekly shop, so for me that's a win win.


Accidentally voted 1 star. Should have been 5. Seriously tasty, satisfying and easy to make.


Really easy to cook and delicious. This is going to be a regular recipe in our house I think!


I followed the recipe exactly and took this to take to a Spanish themed dinner party. I got lots of amazing comments and it went down very well. I was surprised at just how tasty it turned out. I was able to prepare it and get ready to go out at the same time too. This will now be a regular dish in our house.


Fab dinner dish, I made mine with chicken breast, so reduced the cooking time by 10 minutes in stage 4, and added 1/2 pint of chicken stock when I put the chicken in. Served with fine green beans and salad. The leftovers made fantastic fritata (posh omelette) the next day, by chopping it all up, frying then adding 3-4 beaten eggs and cook until just set.

Shaun Robertshaw

Easy to make and very tasty, will certainly make this again can highly recommend Shaun


Taking note of some of the comments saying it was a bit dry, I took the advice of someone else here and added some chicken stock - perhaps about 150ml-200ml maxiumum. When the chicken was cooked the dish was almost overflowing with juice/sauce which was very thin so I reduced it in a saucepan to a lovely, thick sauce so as not to waste the flavour.


Can I cook this recipe ahead of time?

Sarah Bailey

Spanish chicken bake is great. A meal that everyone enjoys!

Al Stuart

i did a splash of olive oil.. it was ok then:-)

Tom Walker

followed the recipe apart from when i mixed the paprika and oregano in a large bowl with some olive oil and a tea spoon of honey and then put the chicken in the same bowl, mixed it all together and then put it on the veg to cook. At the end it looked a little dry so i took out the tomatoes, garlic and some of the onions and put them in a bowl, added some water and blended it all together, then poured it over the rest of the veg, put the chicken back on top, then returned to the oven for a bit while the sauce reduced and mixed with the juice from chorizo and chicken. Served with rice and it was great!


Nick adding Black Pudding sounds lovely. Thanks for the tip. Will try that the next time I make it.


Cock on


So leave out the chicken and salt, don't roast the veg and eat them raw and call it a err salad!!!!!!!


I like dodge the potato and other than your choice of veg, I like to put in some black pudding with the chorizo but also chick peas and lentils, or beans. Mixed in with the fats they are nom nom nom...


The first time I made this recipe the vegetables were cooked by the time the chicken was added and the dish was a bit dry. I turned the temperature down on the second occasion and added the chicken earlier. The dish was moister and delicious. Lovely simple meal.

Mrs glenys forster

I made the hairy bikers Spanish style chicken bake for a family event. Every one loved it. I will be adding this recipe to my favorites.

Marvin Thomas

Cooked this fantastic easy recipe many times although a little more liquid would be perfect. On a few occasions I used boned chicken legs / thighs & kept them in 10 -15 mins longer.


Absolutely loved this, however the next time I make it I will make a couple of changes. I would half the amount of tomatoes in the dish and at least double the amount of chorizo since I felt that there were too many tomatoes and not enough chorizo for my taste.


So what was it?!


That's why it says to use boneless skinless thighs.

Lauren-Marie Dudley

Done my own recipe twist on this one!

Jonty JB Johnston

wonder if you could do this in the slow cooker?

Tina Burke

What size can of whole tomatoes did you use?

Stacey Somerville

This was nice, although I agree with some other comments, it was a bit too dry.


And it says in the ingredients list boneless skinless chicken thighs:-)


I found it all very dry while cooking,no juice at all,a little tomato juice and that was that.


So tasty we both had seconds. A must have receipe and already shared with my neighbour


Absolutely delicious and so easy!


Love this recipe - I add courgettes to make it even more healthy and add different coloured peppers for plate appeal.

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