Chicken thighs with kumquats and olives


Our lovely customers want some ideas for organic kumquats frequenting the fruit boxes. Here’s a savoury, mouth-watering dish to make delicious use of these tangy little orbs. Recipe by Michael Solomonov on, one of their “best Jewish dishes of 2021”.


  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 organic or free-range chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • ½ of a medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 12 fresh kumquats, halved
  • 1 teaspoon sumac


  1. Make Ahead: Mix the paprika, coriander, cumin and salt. Coat the chicken thighs in the spice mix, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  2. Take the chicken out of the fridge. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Place the chicken in the pan, skin-side down, and cook undisturbed until well-browned, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the garlic and onion. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until softened. Add the tomato paste and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup water to pan. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the pan to release all of the good browned bits. Add kumquats plus ½ of the parsley and dill. Place chicken, skin side up, back in the pan. Cover and simmer for another 10 mins or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Add the olives, lemon juice, and the remaining herbs to the pan and simmer for another 3 minutes to allow all the ingredients to come together.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Spoon the sauce over top, sprinkle with sumac, and serve.