Chicken with Olives

This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

To my mind, canned, pitted olives have an unpleasant metallic taste, as well as an unappealing texture. Far better are the olives sold at delis and Italian markets. If you have a cherry pitter, use it to remove olive pits.

Serves4 to 6

Cooking MethodBraising


Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationDiabetic, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Low Carb, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free


Taste and TextureGarlicky, Herby, Meaty, Savory, Tangy, Tart, Winey


  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 chicken (about 4 ½ lbs/2.25 kg), cut into parts or equivalent weight of pre-cut chicken pieces
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons (25 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whole black olives, pitted
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh lemon wedges (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until softened. Do not allow to brown. Add chicken pieces; cook until browned on all sides.

  2. Add wine and vinegar; increase heat slightly and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add whole and chopped olives, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until well mixed.

  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, periodically turning chicken to make sure it cooks thoroughly. Add a splash of water or wine if chicken looks too dry.

  4. Arrange chicken pieces on a warm serving platter and pour sauce over. Serve with fresh lemon wedges if desired.


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@vincent: IMHO, the non-olive, non-parsley flecks are pieces of the smashed garlic that have taken on color from the wine, vinegar and black olives.

that would mean that the black pepper is as big as the parsley - I don't think so. It really bothers me when chefs don't provide their "real" recipe.

My guess would be the black pepper called for in the recipe.

I find this recipe very interesting, but there is something else in the chicken, in the photo that is not in the recipe. Since the recipe clearly says, don't brown the garlic, what are the specs that are not olive and not parsely? Carmelized onions? Finely chopped sundried tomatoes? Both might be good, but what is it?


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