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Saucy Spanish Chicken with Green Olives

This slow cooker dinner has vibrant Spanish flavour but doesn’t take much effort to make. The earthy Spanish olives give a Mediterranean vibe and the generous addition of dry seasonings do the rest. While a lick of sherry is a nice finish, the sauce is still terrific without it.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min


8 chicken drumsticks
bone-in chicken thighs
389 ml can tomato sauce
1 cup stuffed manzilla green olives
1 small Spanish or red onion, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp each cumin and paprika
¼ cup sherry (optional)
1 tbsp cornstarch (optional)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Pull skin from chicken and trim off any visible fat. Turn slow cooker to low or high depending on how long you want to cook the chicken. Pour in sauce. Measure out olives, then roughly chop and add. Stir in onion, garlic, thyme, cumin and paprika.

  2. Place chicken in mixture and turn to coat, then turn bone-side up. Push into the sauce. Cook on low 5 to 6 hours or high for 2½ to 3 hours, until chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).

  3. Stir in sherry if you like. If you want to thicken sauce, remove chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm. Stir cornstarch with a couple tablespoons (30 mL) water until smooth. Add to sauce and stir often until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve chicken on rice, pasta or boiled potatoes with the sauce spooned over top. A scattering of parsley makes a colourful garnish.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein46 g
Fat18 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate16 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar8 g
Cholesterol178 mg
Sodium1306 mg
Per serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A12
Vitamin C24
Vitamin B634
Vitamin B1222