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Lemon and Olive Chicken


It takes just a few minutes more to make a big batch of this Mediterranean-style chicken than it does to prepare a small one. Eat half now; freeze the rest.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2003


  • 8 bone-in chicken breast halves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. In two batches, sear chicken, skin side first, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a plate.

  2. Cut lemons in half lengthwise and then into thin slices crosswise. If the skillet is dry, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions and garlic, and cook over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon slices, olives, stock, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Put chicken on top of vegetables, pour in any accumulated juices from the plate, and sprinkle with thyme and crushed red pepper. Cover, and simmer until chicken is just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes

You can store this chicken frozen for up to six weeks. Freeze each piece in an individual zip-close freezer bag with some sauce and press out air before sealing. When you're ready to serve it, thaw bag in refrigerator, then put in a pan with water to coat the bottom; cover, and simmer until hot.

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