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Chicken with Warm Green Olive and Shallot Vinaigrette

Chicken with green olives

I am always looking for something quick and relatively tasty that I can whip up after work for either dinner that night, or to have for lunches the next day. This was a lunch-the-next-day dish and it worked really great for that.

This is a good amount for two people. Double it up if you want more than that. It’s great with whole wheat (or regular) couscous on the side.

Chicken with Warm Green Olive and Shallot Vinaigrette
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appétit
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 to 3/4 lb chicken breast(s), sliced into strips (If you’re lucky, this will just be one huge chicken breast…this is how it worked out for me)
1 medium shallot, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup halved pitted green olives, chopped
small handful golden raisins
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon peel (about 1/2 a lemon)

Chicken with green olives

Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in extra-large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Chicken with green olives

Add chicken; brown until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate; tent with foil.

Chicken with green olives

Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to same skillet over medium heat; add shallots and garlic. Sauté until shallots soften slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Add olives; stir until heated, about 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Chicken with green olives

Add the one remaining tablespoon oil, the golden raisins, vinegar, parsley, and lemon peel. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Chicken with green olives

Place chicken on two plates and spoon the warm vinaigrette over the chicken and serve.

6 comments to Chicken with Warm Green Olive and Shallot Vinaigrette

  • Kelly

    Oh wow. Yes. I must make this!

  • I’m always looking for a way to spice up chicken and this one sounds delicious!

  • Kelly

    Oh yeah, this was fantastic. Great flavour, very different from anything else I make. Total winner

  • mlb

    Kelly: Thanks! Glad you made it and that you liked it! :)

    Sammie: It was quite good, thanks. Hope you give it a try! :)

  • Jennifer

    I made this last night and loved it. I couldn’t find shallots at Whole Foods (?!?!) and didn’t have any balsamic, so I used some balsamic marinated cipollini instead, plus I added some garlic red wine vinegar, and it tasted great. I also couldn’t find golden raisins so I left them out–but I kind of see what the recipe is going for with them (Chicken Marbella anyone?), so I look forward to trying the recipe again with the right ingredients!

  • mlb

    Hi Jennifer! Glad you tried it and liked it. Your version sounds just as good! ;-)