Chicken/ Hearty Dinners

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

August 14, 2018 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019) by Chris Collins

This Spanish Chicken Tray Bake is the perfect no fuss dinner. Chuck it in the pan, leave it to roast & enjoy one of the most delicious and flavoursome dinners you’ve ever had! 

Oooooo you guys. Have I got a recipe for you! Hot dang this tray bake is tasty. Better still, it couldn’t be easier to make. Literally no effort at all, bung it in a tray, pop it in the oven and allow your kitchen to fill with the most gorgeous scent imaginable. Perfect for weeknight din dins!

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake fresh out the oven

Let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need shall we?

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake Ingredients

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Chicken Marinade
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Olives
  • Chorizo
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Orange Zest

Ugh, can you get a more gorgeous combo of ingredients? (the answer’s no if you were wondering 😉)

I use chicken thighs because they’ve got more fat than chicken breast. This works better with this particular recipe because they don’t dry out in the oven. Also more fat = more flavour.

Flavoursome they may be, I do like to marinate them before hand just to give it some extra ‘umph’ (technical term)

Spanish Chicken Marinade

  • Olive Oil
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Lemon Juice

Marinate for as long as you can (up to overnight). If you’re in a rush then still use the marinade! 1 minute is better than no minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

How to make Spanish Chicken Tray Bake - marinading chicken

Alrighty, chicken thighs injected with some gorgeous flavour, it’s time to tray bake!

Like I said in the intro, you can just bung it all in the tray and take it out when it’s done. Totally cool. However, these extra steps will offer a slightly tastier finish.

How to make a Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

  1. Marinate Chicken thighs.
  2. Mix all of your tray bake ingredients with a drizzle of olive oil, apart from the olives and tomatoes, then pop in a suitably sized tray.
  3. Pop chicken thighs on top and bake for 30mins.
  4. Take out the oven and toss over your cherry tomatoes and olives, flip the potatoes and baste the chicken.
  5. Pop back in the oven until gorgeously crispy!

Why take the tray out half way through cooking?

  1. I find that by putting the tomatoes in at the beginning, they release too much moisture and everything begins to steam instead of caramelize. Also I like olives a little cooked, not completely wrinkled. So both of these go in half way through.
  2. You want crispy potatoes on BOTH side, so flipping half way is always a good idea!
  3. In the bottom of the tray will be heaps of flavour, chuck that flavour right back onto the chicken for maximum flavour! The skin will still go crispy after the second stint in the oven.

How to make Spanish Chicken Tray Bake step by step

Tips for the perfect Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

  • Cook the chicken skin side up and leave it skin side up. The skin is the most delicious part in my opinion and nobody wants soggy chicken skin!
  • Texture-wise, you want to keep the potatoes exposed to give them the best chance of getting crispy. On the other hand you want to hide the chorizo as much as possible, just to keep it from drying out.
  • A little grating of orange zest really brings this dish to life, don’t skip it!
  • By the end of the cooking process your tray is going to have a gorgeous layer of oily/fatty/flavour. Please, for heavens sake do not throw it away. Pour it over the chicken at the end, or turn it into a gravy (recipe for that below)

Serving-wise I always go with a decent loaf of bread and a crap tonne of butter.

Because clearly the potatoes just aren’t enough for me 😂

Goes perfectly with rice or just as it is!

All in all this Spanish Style Chicken Tray Bake is super easy and incredibly delicious. Perfect for a family dinner or a weekend feast! Enjoy!

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake served with bread and butter

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How to make a Spanish Chicken Tray Bake (Full Recipe & Video)

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake fresh out the oven

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake

This Spanish Chicken Tray Bake is the perfect no fuss dinner. Chuck it in the pan, leave it to roast & enjoy one of the most delicious and flavoursome dinners you've ever had!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 838kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 6 Chicken Thighs (bone in skin on)


  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika (can sub regular paprika)
  • 1.5 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 Lemon (juice of)

Tray Bake

  • 7oz / 200g Chorizo, sliced
  • 1 cup / 200g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup / 50g Olives, pitted
  • 8-12 Baby Potatoes, halved
  • 5-6 cloves of Garlic, lightly crushed (skins left on)
  • 1 large White Onion, sliced
  • 1 Red Pepper, cored & sliced
  • 1 Orange/Yellow Pepper, cored & sliced
  • 1/2 Orange (zest of)
  • few sprigs of Rosemary
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Gravy (optional)

  • 2 cups / 500ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 Lemon (juice of)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • Combine your marinade and chicken thighs in a suitably sized bowl, cover with cling film and marinate for as long as you time for (up to overnight).
  • Combine all of your tray bake ingredients apart from the olives & tomatoes in a large tray. Mix with a drizzle of olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Evenly lay your chicken thighs on top (skin side up). Ensure your potatoes are all visible to allow them to crisp, then make sure the chorizo is more hidden to prevent it from drying. Grate over orange zest and place in the oven at 210c/410f for 30mins.
  • Take out the oven, flip the potatoes and baste the chicken with the juices. Evenly toss in your tomatoes and olives, then pop back in the oven for another 25-30 mins or until the chicken skin is crispy and begins to char.
  • Serve with endless amounts of bread and butter, rice or just as it is!

Homemade Gravy (optional)

  • Once you've taken everything out, keep the juices in the tray and pop over low-medium heat on the stove.
  • Stir in flour to create a paste, then gradually add in your stock. Add your lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. Stir until thickened.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Save the juices! -ย Whether you choose to make the gravy or not, that oil at the bottom of the tray is packed full of flavour. A little drizzle over the chicken when it's served will work wonders.
b) Can I use other parts of chicken? -ย You could use drumsticks or a mix or drumsticks and thighs, just be vigilant of timing if they are different sizes. I don't recommend using breasts, the tray is in the oven too long for them to stay moist.ย 
c) Serving size and calories -ย This will feed 4 hungry people and 6 with a side of bread, rice or another side. Calories are based on feeding 4 without the gravy.


Nutrition Facts
Spanish Chicken Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 838 Calories from Fat 401
% Daily Value*
Fat 44.54g69%
Saturated Fat 12.234g61%
Trans Fat 0.063g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.038g
Monounsaturated Fat 23.059g
Cholesterol 316mg105%
Sodium 1693mg71%
Potassium 1706mg49%
Carbohydrates 34.54g12%
Fiber 5.7g23%
Sugar 5.52g6%
Protein 73.23g146%
Vitamin A 4750IU95%
Vitamin C 109.7mg133%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5.6mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    May 27, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    5 stars
    This has become my “go to” dish for company! Tastes AMAZING! It looks beautiful in the center of the table (who needs a center piece). I serve it with a basket of crusty bread and a good chardonnay! Every one who’s had it loved it.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      That’s so great to hear Espi! You have me craving this with a basket of crusty bread and a bottle of chardonnay now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Meryl Whiteley
    May 9, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe twice now and it’s so easy and oh so yummy.

    • Reply
      May 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Yay! So glad you love it Meryl ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Terence Pearson
    April 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Cook this for lunch today to share with our teenage grandsons. Absolutely scrumptious, I think they now regard me as a top chef.
    Thanks, I’m sure it will become a family favourite.

    • Reply
      April 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! So glad everyone enjoyed. Thanks so coming back and letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    January 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I made this for dinner last night without olives, and it was fantastic! So easy to make, and so flavourful – will definitely make again. Looking forward to the leftovers! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      January 31, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Carolyn and happy to hear you’ll be making it again! Thanks for popping back and sharing you feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kayla MacMullen
      July 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      Love this recipe, it’s a family pleaser! Just baked some fresh bread to have with it.

      • Reply
        Chris Collins
        July 24, 2019 at 12:23 pm

        So glad you love it, Kayla! Thanks for coming back and letting me know how you got on ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    December 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Making these for the third time. Such an easy flavoursome dish. Special enough for a dinner party yet easy enough for everyday supper. A keeper!!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      It’s such a handy go-to recipe isn’t it!? So glad you love it and thanks for coming back and sharing your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    November 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. My hubby absolutely loved it!! The orange zest is sublime! Definitely a regular ! Thank you

    • Reply
      November 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Emily! So glad you loved it! The orange zest really adds soul to the dish doesn’t it? Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Catherine Davis
    November 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe was delicious! My husband is allergic to wheat and then I have a teenage son who eats like a horse and a teenage daughter who doesn’t want to eat anything and everyone loved it- a very rare thing in my house!! Thank you so much!!

    • Reply
      November 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Hi Catherine! That’s so awesome to hear, so glad you and your family loved the recipe! Thanks for coming back and sharing your feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 4:20 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic easy dinner to throw together! Easy clean up also!!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Yup, such an easy clean up which is always nice!

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 3:27 am

    5 stars
    I lived in Spain for a while so am a big fan of Spanish flavors. This looks like a tasty comforting meal.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Ugh, so jealous you lived in Spain!!

  • Reply
    Dana | Mama Needs Cake
    August 15, 2018 at 3:21 am

    5 stars
    I definitely need to make this, it sounds absolutely wonderful.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Dana, enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 1:29 am

    5 stars
    This looks amazing and it’s the most beautiful easy weeknight dinner. prep the veggies and chicken marinade in the am, then bake at night. easy peasy and super delicious!!

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Couldn’t have put it better myself! Thanks, Camila ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 14, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    I’m all about the easy one pan dinners! This sounds fabulous and I bet the orange zest adds a ton of flavor.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Allllll about the orange zest!!

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