This is Mediterranean chicken at its best!
Herbs combined with briny olives and tart lemons provide chicken with the “oomph” in this recipe that makes a tasty dinner for your family that is great for your friends too!
This is a tangy, healthy recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light magazine. Each chicken breast contains about 270 calories. It’s delicious, "citrusy," garlicky baked chicken with olives adding a bit of saltiness. The aromas coming from the oven weren’t bad either!
Chicken with Olives and Lemons
2 teaspoons lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
15 oil-cured olives, pitted and sliced in half*
1 large shallot, sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat a 9” x 13” baking pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl combine the first 4 ingredients.
Add chicken and marinate at room temperature for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle chicken with oregano and next 4 ingredients (through shallot.)
Top with lemon slices.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove chicken from oven.
Preheat broiler to high.
Place chicken 3” from broiler element.
Broil on high until chicken is browned and done.
Serve with hot orzo or rice.
It's a keeper!