Braised Chicken with Olives and Tomatoes is a flavorful one pot dish bound to help you get out of a cooking rut. This tender, juicy chicken is cooked in tomatoes, lemons and olives.
Let’s talk about getting bored in the kitchen.
It happens. In fact, I think that is why a lot of people don’t cook all that often. They always cook the same things so it gets a little ho-hum.
Boredom in the kitchen is exactly why I started this blog in the first place. I found myself always buying the same things at the grocery store week in and week out. I had a few solid good recipes that I would make throughout the week. Other nights we’d eat sandwiches. Or eat out.
Now, this dish isn’t totally out there. It doesn’t change the book on chicken. But it does bring out a Mediterranean flavor profile that is out of this world. And you make it all in one skillet!
So with this recipe, we’ve got an easy, flavorful, one-pan chicken dish that your family will love!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
This braised chicken is all made in one large skillet so it is pretty easy to make. Follow along with these step by step photos and instructions.
STEP #1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat butter and olive oil together in a skillet until butter melts. Season chicken liberally on both sides with salt and pepper. Cook chicken just until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
STEP #2: Reserve 2 tablespoons of pan drippings add onion and garlic. Cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and chicken broth. Stir in oregano.
STEP #3: Return chicken to pan scatter lemon around chicken. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
STEP #4: Remove from oven and add olives. Turn oven to 400 degrees and cook chicken uncovered for 10 – 15 more minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
I was a little unsure how it was going to work out. I was a little unsure that the lemon would be too lemony. That the olives would make it a little too briney but, guys, it totally worked. I could not get enough of the tomatoes and the chicken. And I found myself hunting for every last olive.
And I bet you will too!
“Thank you for the recipe! I have made this so many times and it’s delicious. I have used regular green olives or use the fancy olives from the deli when they are on sale. Serve it over pasta and it’s perfect!”
If you’re looking for the perfect side dish to serve along side, try one or two of these:
Pour some of the delectable tomato sauce over garlic rice for a truly delectable side.
Sautéed Broccoli or Green Beans really help round out the meal.
And if you’re still looking for something to sop up all that sauce with, you can’t lose with my easy garlic bread.
Note: This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2022 with new photos, tips and nutrition information.
Gloria R.January 9, 2022 at 9:02 am
Thank you for the recipe! I have made this so many times and it’s delicious. I have used regular green olives or use the fancy olives from the deli when they are on sale. Serve it over pasta and it’s perfect!
DesereeJanuary 11, 2022 at 10:37 am
Yay! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy this, Gloria! I am going to have to try serving it over pasta one of these times, thank you for the suggestion :)
AnnieMarch 11, 2016 at 11:16 am
It turned out awesome…thank you
DesereeMarch 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm
You’re welcome! So happy to hear you liked it :)
kalynskitchenMay 1, 2015 at 5:28 am
Happy Friday! Just letting you know I featured this recipe in my Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes Round-Up for April 2015. Great recipe; I hope a lot of my readers will click over here and try it!
JosieApril 6, 2015 at 8:36 am
Love the fact that you added olives and tomatoes- Italian twist :) Yummy!
Nutmeg NannyApril 6, 2015 at 6:24 am
What a beautiful looking chicken dish. I think the brininess from the olives would make a delicious addition to the traditional chicken meal….yum!
marye audetApril 6, 2015 at 6:18 am
This looks like a fantastic combination! I love the addition of olives. mmmm….
Judy @ I'm Bored, Let's GoApril 6, 2015 at 6:14 am
I love every ingredient in this dish…I’d probably be licking the plate clean (no kids home anymore to worry about setting a good example for).
Kristen ChidseyApril 6, 2015 at 4:18 am
This looks great. I love with you experiment and find something fabulous and this looks great.
ElizabethApril 6, 2015 at 2:16 am
Oooh this sounds like the perfect comfort food! I love chicken, I love tomatoes, I love olives…. a fantastic, mouthwatering combination!