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Chicken Veracruzano

A bright, zesty topping of tomatoes, lime, cilantro, (surprise!) olives enlivens chicken breasts with a dash of Cinco de Mayo festivity.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 6 ounces each)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup pitted green olives, halved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook until golden and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes, turning once. Transfer to a plate; cover loosely with aluminum foil (reserve skillet). Set aside.

  2. Raise heat to medium; place onion in skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and olives; cook until tomatoes release their juice, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on top of chicken.

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