Chicken with Olive



Chicken features on our menu at least twice a week and as I’ve said before, after the 100th time of trying to cook it differently, it becomes hard to get creative! Especially during the summer months when being in a hot kitchen is about as appealing as a full body wax (well for me anyway).

Knowing I had to develop a recipe using Mediterranean Delicacies’ Calamata Style Olives, I wanted to keep whatever I was going to make fresh, light and perfect for Summer eating. I wanted the olives to have a starring roll and thought the chicken would be the perfect, simple backdrop.

This dressing is quite amazing. It is such a pleasure to eat as the salt, almost-bitter olives paired with sharp and vinegary capers and sweet cherry tomatoes just work so well together. I had to stop myself from eating spoonfulls straight out of the bowl before dinner. I added lemon juice, olive oil and fresh parsley to make it into a ‘dressing’ and served on top of the warm chicken escalopes, it was just delightful! Serves 4 4 large skinless chicken breasts, de-boned 1 cup flour, seasoned with salt & pepper for the dressing 1 cup Mediterranean DelicaciesCalamata Style Olives, pitted and roughly chopped 2 tbsp capers (if the capers you buy are packaged in salt, rinse and drain them before using) 1 cup cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 cup olive oil juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped salt & pepper to taste

Start by pounding the chicken between two layers of cling film until approximately 1cm thick.
Coat the chicken in the seasoned flour and fry in a hot pan until browned on either side and cooked through (approximately 1-2 minutes per side).
In the meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
When the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and serve topped with the dressing.
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