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?


Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives


Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoes

I don’t dine at Greek restaurants or try to make Greek-inspired dishes very often, so when I do, I really savor the chance and opportunity to do so. This recipe, Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoeslooked liked a perfect dish with Greek flavors and I especially liked the fact that I would get a chance to utilize the outside grill yet again this week.

This is very simple to make. All it requires is a few minutes for prep/cutting, patience for the grill to heat up, and a penchant for feta cheese!

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic and Olives 

Step 2: Toss Prior Ingredients Together
with Olive Oil and Fresh Mint

Step 3: Brush Pitas with
Olive Oil and Grill

Step 4: Grill Pita and Add Tomato Mixture

Step 5: Cut and Eat!

I happen to like feta cheese, but I realize that not everyone does. I made this with my boyfriend and quickly learned he is definitely not a fan. It’s not fun when he won’t eat any, but at the same time, I get to have more. In these situations, I guess it’s a good thing because I get to have more… unless I just eat the whole thing. In that case, perhaps it’s not the best, but oh well!


Olive & Garlic Foccacia Bread

I have never been one to crave bread, choose to consume it on a whim or eat multiple slices while waiting for dinner at a restaurant. However, for me, focaccia bread is in its own category. I absolutely adore the buttery taste of this bread that is often complimented by simple ingredients like sea salt, pepper and garlic. For this time, I added kalamata olives and roasted garlic to spice it up.

Step 1: Stir Yeast, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Water Together

Step 2: Chop Kalamata Olives

 Step 3: Stir in Flour and Let Rise

 Step 4: Season, Bake and Eat!

For me, this results in a simple equation: balsamic + olive oil + focaccia bread = buttery goodness. Perhaps it’s a good thing I don’t have bread too often!


Roast Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme

Olives are absolutely one of my favorite fruits. Yes, I said it — fruit. Most people don’t normally recognize an olive as a fruit because of it’s dark color and tart/bitter taste. Nonetheless, I love adding olives to everything — salads, sandwiches, pizzas, breads, and the like. My favorite type of olive is the traditional black olive; however, I do enjoy kalamata and green olives from time to time. My liking for olives first stemmed at a friend’s house when I was six years old. One of my kindergarten-aged friends proceeded to put a whole olive on each of his fingers. With my back turned to him, he frankly tapped me on the shoulder with his olive-draped claws (hands). While I chuckled at his creativity, I ensued to make my own “olive hands” and developed quite the fondness for olives.

Lately, I have felt that I’ve been neglecting using olives in my cooking. So, I decided to make Roasted Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme. After all, you need five servings of fruit a day, right? Well, at least this recipe will get me one serving closer to achieving that goal!

Step 1: Marinate Chicken With Vinaigrette,
Lemon Zest, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, Tomatoes,
Garbanzo Beans, and Salt

Step 2: Season Chicken With Pepper and Salt;
Roast for 20 Minutes

Step 3: Spoon Olives and Pan Juices
Over Chicken and Serve!

I was absolutely ecstatic after eating this meal. Grinning ear to ear, I definitely fulfilled my olive craving (perhaps even for the month). The vinaigrette seasoned the chicken perfectly and I’ve really come to like the technique of roasting chicken versus baking and frying. There’s just something extra special about the texture and flavor that arises from this technique. I’d definitely recommend anyone to make this meal (especially if you are an olive lover like me!).