Chicken with olives and tomatoes

I know it’s  not a very original title for a new recipe but it’s the best I can do in my present state of health. I am still sick and now my voice is just about gone. I haven’t cooked in a few days which had been a nice break.My wonderful hubby has been filling in and we ordered take-out one night, but today I wanted to try to make something new. I decided to challenge myself by cooking from the pantry and using up the chicken I had in the fridge.

I have to apologize that there isn’t a picture of this dish. I think you can imagine the colors of the green olives, red tomatoes, and white chicken. I am going to write it out exactly how I made it then add my notes at the bottom. Please read through the whole thing before making this dish. Not because it’s hard but we decided it could be better by using a different cooking method. My 14-year-old son declared this a two thumbs up dish. Let me know what you think and if you  make this for your dinner table.

Chicken with olives and tomatoes

1.5 pounds chicken breast, cooked and chopped

1 can ripe green olives (black or kalamata could be used),drained

1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

1 can of cherry tomatoes-fresh could be used

1 teaspoon capers

2 cloves of garlic, sliced in half

1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

salt and pepper

olive oil

orzo pasta, 8 ounces uncooked

peperonicini rings

fontinella cheese, shredded

Heat about 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium high heat. Add in garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove and set garlic aside.To the pan add cooked chicken, tomatoes with juice, olives,chick peas, and capers. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until heated through. Cook orzo in the meantime and drizzle with olive oil to keep from sticking until the chicken is done. Add garlic back to chicken in the last few minutes. Serve with orzo, cheese and peperoncini rings.

Notes: Next time I would marinade the chicken breasts then saute’ them in the marinade. There was a lot of flavor in this dish but it was mild, not strong. I think it could be better by sautéing the chicken. I had boiled the chicken because I was going to make a cold chicken and pasta salad but decided to do a hot dish instead. I also managed to use things I had on hand and try a new combination of flavors. It was really good. I am pleased that even in my state of mind and health I was able to come up with a decent dinner.

12 thoughts on “Chicken with olives and tomatoes

  1. Yummy! Stopping by from the Lady Bloggers Tea Party – I’m trying to find some good food blogs as I venture into healthier cooking!

  2. Ooh, this sounds yummy! Giving you some comment love back from a fellow SITS-ter.

    I love food blogs and especially Italian cuisine.

  3. Heh, I’d never get any writing done myself if I worried about the names of dishes. I just go for descriptive.

    Sounds like good stuff.

  4. Wow! What a good idea for a blog. Kind of like the movie where she cooks thru Julie Childs. I havent seen the movie but I thought that was a good idea. Good call on the green olives with chicken. I’m working thru fixing frugal recipes, but I’ll stop back and look for inspiration for special dinners. Thanks

    • thanks for stopping by and for your nice words. I have to admit that the movie did inspire me to live out my dreams. I wish I could garden. I wanted to comment on your website but there isn’t a place for them that I could see. Anyway, I might try some tomato plants this year. I hope I do ok.

  5. OK this sounds divine! Chicken is the only meat I really eat so I am always look for good recipes. Thanks for sharing, I am going to try to complete this with fresh veggies.

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