30 September 2010

Easy Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken

I am always on the lookout for easy (and healthy) recipes. This one recently caught my eye. Since Daughter is not a fan of olives, I thought I'd try it while she's away at school! (Sorry, dear...I know you're enjoying your cafeteria burritos!)

This recipe came from the Better Homes and Gardens website. Instead of polenta, I used couscous -- another one of my favorite things. This recipe was quite tasty! Seriously, how can you go wrong with olives and couscous?


1/2 of a 6.5-oz. jar oil-packed dried tomatoes with Italian herbs

4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 lb.)

1 cup assorted olives, drained - I used both green and kalamata olives (surely one of the greatest foods on earth)

1/2 cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

4 small bay leaves (optional)

1 cup cornmeal


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Drain tomatoes, reserving the oil. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. In 10-inch oven-going skillet heat all the reserved oil over medium-high. Cook chicken in hot oil 3 minutes each side or until browned; remove skillet from heat. Add tomatoes, olives, wine, and bay leaves. Transfer to oven. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170 degrees F when inserted in chicken.

2. Meanwhile, for polenta, in large saucepan bring 3 cups water to boiling. In a bowl combine cornmeal, 1 cup cold water, and 1 tsp. salt; gradually stir into boiling water. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Reduce heat; stir occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve chicken with polenta and olives. Makes 4 servings.


Heather said...

This looks delicious!! I would go with couscous too...not a fan of polenta. I'm definitely going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing! :)

Kristina said...

Looks good! If you like couscous, you gotta try Israel couscous....it's great!

Heather said...

OK, so I finally got around to making this. We loved it!! Like you, I served it over couscous instead of polenta. I added a little minced garlic while I was cooking the chicken, but I think next time I am going to add some whole roasted garlic cloves in with the olives & tomatoes. Mmm!!

Janet said...

Awesome! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I made it with couscous, too. Gotta make it again soon!