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Chicken with Olives Mediterranean Recipe

Chicken with Olives Mediterranean Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Duck, Easy Recipes, Main Courses, Poultry
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 670 kcal


  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 3-3½ lb (1.5 kg) chicken
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh root ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) paprika
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) chicken stock
  • 2-3 saffron strands, soaked in 1 tbsp (15 ml) boiling water
  • 4-5 spring onions, chopped
  • 15-20 pitted black and green olives
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  • #Olives and lemon make a wonderful combination, one which is used traditionally in the Middle East and north Africa.# Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the chicken on all sides until golden.
  • Add the onion, ginger, garlic, paprika and seasoning, and continue frying over a moderate heat, coating the chicken with the mixture.
  • Add the chicken stock and saffron, and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes until the chicken is almost done.
  • Add the spring onions and cook for a further 15 minutes until the chicken is well cooked and the surrounding sauce is reduced to about half. Add the olives.
  • Stir in the lemon juice. Cook over a medium heat for a further 5 minutes. Place the chicken on a large, deep plate and pour over the sauce. Serve with rice or flat bread and a salad of mixed leaves and cherry tomatoes, if you like.
    Chicken with Olives Mediterranean
    Chicken with Olives Mediterranean
Keyword Chicken recipes