Before we get started I`m going to come right out & say it, this might be the best chicken dish I`ve ever tasted, ever!!! So good I made it two nights in a row which never happens. I mean it`s rare for me to repeat a recipe in a month but this is so worth it. Chicken, oven braised with lemon, olives & spices results in tender, moist, melt in your mouth goodness that`s so delectable it`s almost beyond description. I know, that`s a big statement for the humble chicken but I`m standing by it. Really pretty amazing when such basic ingredients come together so easily to equal a sum so infinitely greater than their respective parts. As an added benefit the recipe is also gluten free, dairy free, low carb & low calorie for anyone with dietary restrictions or concerns. All that being said this simple man`s plan to healthier eating today comes in the form of Sicilian Braised Chicken with Olives & Lemon. I served this at a small dinner party paired with my Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts w/Bacon & Cranberries to rave reviews. The whole thing really worked so well.Here`s what you`ll need for your Sicilian Braised Chicken with Olives & Lemon:
Chicken- 1 Cut in 8 pieces bone in skin on.
Olives- 1 cup each Kalamata`s & Castelvetrano or other green olive
Chicken Stock-1 cup
Onion- 1 sliced
Rosemary-1 Tablespoon chopped
Crushed Red Pepper- 1 Tablespoon
Fennel Seed- 1 Tablespoon crushed
Olive Oil-2 Tablespoons
Sage- 1 small bunch roughly chopped
Garlic- 8-10 cloves peeled
S & PSuper simple preparation & ingredients. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.Slice the onion and add to a baking dish in a single layer making a bed so to speak.Place the chicken pieces on the sliced onion & drizzle with olive oil. Rub to evenly coat. Season generously with salt & pepper. Sprinkle the crushed red pepper, fennel seed, rosemary & sage over the top. Add the garlic cloves, tucking them in here & there. It may seem like a lot of garlic but these little babies are going to roast & mellow adding such great flavor.Now add the quartered lemons. Just lay them on top cut side down at various places around the dish. Place uncovered into the oven for about 20 minutes.
Pour in the chicken stock & scatter the olives over the top. Aren`t olives just the best things ever. Briny, salty little bites with so much punch! Cover tightly with aluminum foil & put back into the oven for about an hour. Your kitchen is smelling pretty incredible now! You`re just about finished & people are probably already milling around. It`s hard not to with the aroma`s emanating from this dish.Braised & ready to serve. Remove to plates or a platter & spoon some of the cooking juices over the top. I told you this was going to be easy, but better yet, so delicious!!
Enjoy your Sicilian Braised Chicken with Olives & Lemon & get ready for the raves because they`re coming!
If you enjoyed this recipe you might also like my Easy Weeknight Teriyaki Chicken, Curly Kale & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken w/Roasted Red Pepper Puree or Weeknight Spanish Chicken Chorizo & Potato Bake.