Food, life

Simple Olive Chicken Bake

When I first started blogging, I posted recipes to coincide with the comical short story in my memoir anthology about how I learned to cook. The anthology is no longer available, but I hope to re-release it after we move. (If you missed the news about the move, you can find it here) In the mean time, I thought I’d release a new recipe of mine. If you like chicken, and you like deliciously briny Greek olives, you will like this easy recipe. Keep in mind, I cook for two so add ingredients accordingly for more people.

1/2 stick of butter
1 Tbls spoons olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
8 to 10 Pitted Greek Olives – you’ll have to find them in your local grocery store. I buy these (below) that say “Sicilian,” because it’s what’s available here.
1/4 cup Feta cheese crumpled

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olivefeta2 (800x425) wmFour thin cut boneless chicken breasts (for this demo I made three)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oregano to taste
Toothpicks to hold together chicken rolls

Add any vegetables you’d like to bake with it. For this demo I used zucchini, grape tomatoes and potatoes. Potatoes need to be cooked half way before using them in this recipe, though. I cut them up then put them in water to cook in the microwave for five minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Dice olives and feta together in a pile.

olivefeta3 (800x449) wmIf boneless chicken breasts are not very thin, I recommend pounding them flat in saran wrap first. Then spread the olives & feta mixture flat over each chicken breast.

chkolivefeta (800x450) wmRoll each breast up like a jellyroll and hold together with toothpicks. Place in pan alongside any other vegetables you prepare to cook with the chicken.

chkrolls (800x450) wmPut half-stick butter in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Drop in minced garlic and then melt butter in microwave. After melted, toss in tablespoon of olive oil. Dribble butter & oil mixture over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Be careful with the salt on the chicken, because the olives provide a nice blend of saltiness into the meat.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. And, viola! You have an entire meal cooked in one pan.

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18 thoughts on “Simple Olive Chicken Bake”

    1. How nice to learn that you guys enjoy the shrimp penne recipe. Not everyone likes those Greek olives, so this new recipe is not for everyone. But, the saltiness in the olives gives the chicken great flavor.

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    1. I’m not familiar with the diet of a vegan. So, I could be way off with this, but I have a few delicious meatless meals on my recipe page. My favorite is the eggplant parm.

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  1. I don’t like olives but so something similar with cheese but wrap the chicken in bacon or Parma ham as well which really helps making sure the chicken doesn’t dry out 😀

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    1. I’m not a fan of bacon, but you’re right, it would help with keeping the chicken from getting dry. I’ve also stuffed the chicken with spinach & feta before. Another time I tried roasted red peppers. My favorite was this olive one, but I love olives. Thanks for sharing your bacon/ham trick, Paula.

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  2. Well you know I love olives! This looks like a great dish, the flavour combinations are wonderful. And I love recipes where everything can just be baked on a tray in the oven. Easy to make enough for leftovers… 2 nights dinners 🙂

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    1. I know. I had already drafted this when I read your post with those yummy olives you shared. I thought you might like this one. The flavor combo really gives a burst in your mouth. And, it’s easy too. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jill. I’ve also made the chicken roll-up with spinach & feta in the middle. Or, you can try roasted red peppers. Just a couple alternatives in case you like those. Thanks for checking it out.

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  3. This looks wonderful! Thanks for giving me a new chicken recipe idea. I tend to get stuck in ruts. My hubs isn’t an olive fan though, so I suppose I’d have to leave those out of his portion. He can be pickier than a toddler!

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    1. I’ve stuffed the chicken with other stuff too, although your hubs may not like those either. Just in case, I’ve also used spinach & feta in the middle. Also, roasted red peppers. This one with the Greek olives & feta mix gives it the best burst of flavor from the first bite and beyond.

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