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Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemon

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Weeknights can get crazy hectic in our house, and sometimes it's a struggle to get dinner on the table. These are the times I love having one-pan dinners that can be whipped up in no time. Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemons is exactly what I'm looking for on a busy weeknight.

Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemons from weelicious.com

It all comes together in one pan. It's sweet from the caramelized onions, tangy from the lemon juice, and it gets a briney punch from the olives. Chloe could eat an entire jar of olives in one sitting, so for my girl, I've included an entire jar in this recipe. (I just have to make sure I have extra on hand for her to munch on!)

Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemons from weelicious.com

If you haven't yet tasted castelvetrano olives, this is the perfect time to try them. They're gorgeous bright green and taste like the best parts of a green olive and a black olive mixed together. This dish is perfect on its own, but also goes great with some crusty bread, perfect brown rice, or pasta.

Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemons from weelicious.com

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it! Tag @weelicious on social media. And tell me what you think of the olives if this is your first time trying them!

Photos by Gerry Speirs

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Spiced Chicken with Olives and Lemon (serves 4)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 lemons, 1 cut into 8 wedges quartered and deseeded and one juiced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 15 ounce can low-salt chicken broth
  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 10 ounce jar Castelvetrano Olives, pitted and reserving all the juice

Preparation

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, sprinkle with salt and saute until golden, about 4-5 minutes. 

2. Add the juice of one lemon and next 5 ingredients; stir 1 minute. Add broth and reserved olive juice and bring to boil. 

3. Sprinkle chicken with salt add to skillet. Add the remaining 8 lemon wedges and olives. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25-35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to platter and serve.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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9 comments

  • Kassia Conrad

    Has anyone tried this with pamento stuffed olives?? can't find the other ones at my regular grocery store...

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    • McCord

      You could use any olives you love, they will just have a different flavor :)

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  • Kassia Conrad

    oops I meant pimento stuffed.

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    • Beth

      I found the Castelvetrano olives in the olive bar at my regular grocery store. Just be sure to get some juice too. They're much less \"olive-y\" then the pimento stuffed, but as an olive lover I would try it with whatever you can get!

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  • Beth

    Is something supposed to happen between simmering for 10 minutes and cooking it for 25 minutes until the chicken is done? I'm making it now and it smells great. Will just keep checking it to see when the chicken is done.

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    • McCord

      The recipe has been updated. Simmer 25-35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through!

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  • Beth

    Just ate dinner and I can tell that the dish has some great flavors but it was so bitter from being cooked with the lemon wedges that it was inedible. Did I misread the recipe or is there a trick for this? I would definitely make it again, but would not cook with the lemon wedges in it.

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  • Mary Pisarkiewicz

    Looks fabulous! Can't wait to try!

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    • McCord

      I hope you love it!

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