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
orzo pasta, 8 ounces uncooked
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.