Baked Chicken with Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes

Do you love cherry tomatoes as much as me? I love biting into them and getting a sweet burst of tomato goodness that just screams summer time. And as good as they are raw they are even better when they are slow roasted with some garlic. And as if garlic and tomatoes wasn’t enough, how about adding some chicken and wine to the mix? The result is a simple, rustic dish that reminds me of a few I had while I was in Tuscany.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again because I think it’s really important. One of the things I really loved about Tuscan cooking was the simplicity of it all. Each and every meal we had while we were exploring Fiesole, Siena and Florence was simple but oh so flavorful. There were very few ingredients and they were seasoned so delicately that the true flavor of the ingredients really shined through. I have tried to bring that philosophy into my cooking at home and every once in a while I will get a true gem like this dish that transports me back to that little restaurant in Fiesole overlooking the city of Florence. Ahhh Italy. One day we’ll get back, probably a year when we don’t buy a house.

Baked Chicken with Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1 1/2 pounds combo of chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine



Preheat oven to 325 degrees.


Rinse and pat dry the chicken.


Place chicken in a baking dish. Place tomatoes around chicken. Sprinkle with chopped garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and white wine. Cook for 45 - 60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. If it starts to brown too much place foil on top to prevent burning. Serve.



  • I, too, love the simplicity of this dish. So little preparation needed.

  • Susan Marie

    Sometimes, simple is the best! I always have these ingredients on hand, so I’ll definitely be trying this dish. We, too, have fabulous memories of the week we stayed in a Tuscan farmhouse in Chiusdino. It is not a tourist town, so we ended up shopping in the village and raiding the owner’s garden for fresh herbs to cook our own Tuscan meals!

  • I could eat my weight in cherry tomatoes..they are so delicious! I love simple dishes like this! Easy and lots of flavor. It looks beautiful!

  • Chicken and tomatoes are so perfect together! Can’t wait to try this!

  • This dish looks really yummy I think i might have to try this tomorrow night!

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  • This is the perfect combination. I made this recently and it was delicious and not hard to make – A huge plus for me with my busy schedule. My husband also like it but wanted me to add more tomatoes the next time I make – I don’t know if I will, but when I make it again, I’ll tell him I did either way! lol

  • Lynne

    Please advise what is good to serve with this chicken. Pasta? If so, what kind would be best?

  • Hi Lynne- I would personally serve it with a rice pilaf but a simple olive/oil garlic pasta would also be good.

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  • Jade

    Hello Des! Is there any way to make this without wine? Are there any alternatives for the wine or would it be okay to just eliminate that bit? Thank you! xxx

  • Norrin Radd

    Use balsamic vinegar, although I can’t imagine what the aversion to wine could be.