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Olive this Chicken!

on June 4, 2012

If you don’t like olives, stop reading now.  You can learn to like many foods but I think olives are something you like or you don’t, there is just no getting used to it.  I happen to love olives in all forms so this recipe intrigued me.  I would never have put these ingredients together but somehow it worked.  The original recipe came from but I changed it a bit to suit my tastes and I have to say it was another hit!

Olive this Chicken


Olive or canola oil

2 tbls. minced garlic

1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 tsp dried tarragon

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

10 green olives sliced

10 black olives sliced

Feta Cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Heat oil in oven proof pan on stove top.  Stir in garlic, lemon juice, and tarragon. Add the chicken breasts and cook until evenly browned, about 3-5 minutes per side.  Add olives.  Cover the pan and transfer to preheated oven, adding a bit more lemon juice if it seems dry.  Bake until juices run clear or your thermometer reads 165, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with  feta cheese.  Replace cover and let cheese soften.  Place chicken on plate and top with olive mixture.

A couple tips- I love Cavender’s Greek seasoning so I sprinkled some on the chicken as it was cooking on the stove top.  You can season with whatever you like but it will add to the already somewhat high sodium content (olives are salty!)  If you like, rinse the olives to get rid of a small amount of sodium.  If you like your chicken seared, just reverse the order, put the chicken in the hot oil first, then add the rest.

The nutrition facts are close but not exact.  The original recipe called for butter but not the feta cheese. I love feta and it adds some great flavor to this dish  but it has a lot of calories and saturated fat so use sparingly or omit.

Servings Per Recipe:                                4

Amount Per Serving

Calories:                                216

  • Total Fat: 11.2g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Sodium: 569mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.7g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.6g
  • Protein: 25.5g

This is not mine, I really need to rmember to take pictures. My olives were sliced and I topped it with feta. I also used both black and green olives, just for variety.



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