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Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Creamy Polenta


Serve this flavorful dish on top of our Creamy Polenta.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2005


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted Kalamata olives (about 5)
  • 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Creamy Polenta for Mediterranean Chicken Stew, for serving


  1. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low; add remaining teaspoon oil to skillet. Add garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chickpeas and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes; cook over medium heat until starting to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. Add olives, vinegar, and chicken along with any accumulated juices to pan; toss until warmed through, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley. Serve over polenta.

Cook's Notes

If you plan to make the polenta, bring water to a boil while chicken is browning, then add polenta to water when beginning step three of chicken recipe.

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