Roasted chicken with lemon and olives

This dish highlights the strength of Olives from Spain by pairing Manzanilla olives with baked chicken.  Rich, flavorful and lasting, this recipe is rustic and fresh with hints of citrus accents.

Ingredients (4 Serves)

• 4 chicken breasts

• 1 cup Manzanilla olives

• 2 preserved lemons, rinds removed and thinly sliced

• 1 lemon, juiced

• 4 sprigs rosemary

• 1 cup loosely packed parsley leaves

• Olive oil

• Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a large, heavy bottomed, sauté pan over medium high heat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. When hot, add the chicken breasts skin side down. Cook until skin is golden brown and the skin is crispy, about 4-5 minutes.

Flip chicken breasts over, add the rosemary sprigs to the pan and place the entire pan in the oven. Cook until the chicken is just cooked through, about 10-12 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 150 degrees internally.

Remove the chicken from the pan, add the Manzanilla olives, preserved lemons, lemon juice, parsley, and about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil to the pan—this will be the sauce.

Divide the chicken between four plates, heat the sauce over medium heat and spoon evenly over the chicken breasts.

Serve while hot and enjoy with a vegetable side such as roasted onions or carrots.