Chicken with Tomatoes & Olives

I have been trying to experiment in the kitchen at little more lately. Do a few things that I wouldn’t normally do. Cook with ingredients that I don’t normally cook with. Use flavor combos that I don’t normally use. Because the truth of the matter is, I was getting a little bored in the kitchen. Especially when it came to chicken. So I decided it was time to shake things up a bit. This Chicken with Tomatoes & Olives was the delicious result.

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.

Boring.

Once I started the blog, cooking became fun again. But even now, even with trying all of these new recipes all the time, I still find myself getting a little bit bored. I think the reason is that I was using ingredients and flavor combos that I was super comfortable with. I mean, why not? I KNEW the recipe would always turn out.

But again. I got kinda bored.

This dish isn’t totally out there. It doesn’t change the book on chicken. But it does bring out a new flavor profile that I wasn’t that familiar with.

Of course I’ve cooked with chicken before. And tomatoes. And lemon. And olives. What I had never done before, however, is put them all together in one dish.

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 the tomatoes and the chicken. And I found myself hunting for every last olive.

In fact, if I wasn’t so worried about teaching my boys good manners, I may have licked the plate clean. That is how good this Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives is.

I recommend serving it over rice so that you get every last little bit of the saucy goodness.

Chicken with Tomatoes & Olives Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 chicken pieces (4 thighs, 4 drumsticks)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 lemon cut into wedges
  • 3/4 cup green olives with pimentos

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Heat butter and olive oil together in a large oven proof skillet over medium heat until butter melts.

3

Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Cook chicken just until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.

4

Reserve 2 tablespoons pan juices. Add onion and garlic. Cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and chicken broth. Stir in oregano. Return chicken to the pan. Scatter lemon around chicken.

5

Cover and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, add olives.

6

Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Cook chicken uncovered for 10 - 15 more minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

  • Elizabeth

    Oooh this sounds like the perfect comfort food! I love chicken, I love tomatoes, I love olives…. a fantastic, mouthwatering combination!

  • Kristen Chidsey

    This looks great. I love with you experiment and find something fabulous and this looks great.

  • 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).

  • This looks like a fantastic combination! I love the addition of olives. mmmm….

  • What a beautiful looking chicken dish. I think the brininess from the olives would make a delicious addition to the traditional chicken meal….yum!

  • Josie

    Love the fact that you added olives and tomatoes- Italian twist :) Yummy!

  • kalynskitchen

    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!

  • Annie

    It turned out awesome…thank you

  • You’re welcome! So happy to hear you liked it :)