Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

Sometimes I’ll pick a recipe because it encompasses a favorite ingredient of mine. In this case, the recipe¬†Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives, has not just one of my favorite ingredients, but three: artichokes, olives and chickpeas.

As others have recommended in this recipe, I fully agree to double (if not more) the use of spices to enhance the flavor as well as cook for longer. The result is a beautiful blend (although be wary of the intense yellow color that turmeric produces) of flavors and aroma.

Step 1: Slice Olives, Mince Garlic
and Chop Onions

Cutting olives for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 2: Measure Spices to Use

Getting spices together for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 3: Cook Chicken for 3 Minutes
Each Side and Remove;
Saute Onions and Garlic

Sauteing Onions for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 4: Add Chicken Broth and Spices
and Simmer; Add Chicken Back
into Pot with Olives, Artichokes
and Chickpeas; Simmer

Putting spices together for Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives
Step 5: Serve and Eat!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

As I was making this recipe, I found myself singing the line “… these are a few of my favorite things” over and over as heard from The Sound of Music. Luckily, in this instance, these three ingredients – artichokes, olives and chickpeas – came together nicely into a dish that was flavorful, yet not too heavy or overpowering.

What’s your trio of favorite ingredients that you’ve used lately?

Cheers!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

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Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs


After making this recipe, the song “My Favorite Things” from Mary Poppins started to play in my head. At first this seemed strange, but then it dawned on me why this song was stuck in my head — this recipe encompasses many of my favorite ingredients: lemon, basil, cheese, and¬†garbanzo beans.

But, to be perfectly honest, I usually do not make “bean salads.” So, nonetheless, I was a bit hesitant to try this recipe of Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs; however, since it contained my favorite ingredients, I was hoping that the marriage of these elements would produce a fantastic result.

This recipe was a definite hit. The only modification I would make is to reduce the amount of lemon juice. But, other than that, this recipe is so simple that I will continue again and again to make it on days when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Cheers!