Learn how to make this delicious and easy-to-make Italian chicken with olives recipe. This one-pot chicken dish is bursting with flavour thanks to the tangy olives and rich tomato sauce which is infused with fresh garlic. A portion of this mouth-watering Italian stew works out at only 353 calories per portion which is great if you’re counting calories. Serve this Italian-style chicken with olives with crusty bread for dipping or potatoes and greens for a hearty meal. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. Reheat thoroughly ad make sure its piping hot before serving.
- 2kg free-range chicken, jointed, or 6 skin-on breasts
- 2tbsp light olive oil
- 2 onions, peeled and sliced
- 1 stick celery, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- small glass white wine
- 1x400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 350g fresh tomatoes, skinned and chopped
- 1tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
- 1tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 stalk fresh rosemary, leaves chopped
- 100g black olives, stoned
Season the chicken. Heat half the oil in a large sauté pan and brown the chicken pieces on both sides. Transfer to a plate.
Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onions and celery for about 6-8 mins, until soft.
Add the garlic and wine and bubble for 2 mins. Then add the tinned and fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomato paste, vinegar, herbs and olives; season.
Put the chicken back in, bring the sauce to the boil, loosely cover, then turn the heat down and simmer for 40 mins.
Serve up with your favourite pasta or potatoes and plenty of crusty bread to mop up all the saucy goodness.
Slow Cooker Method: If cooking in a slow cooker, follow steps 1 and 2 and add to the bowl of a slow cooker. Add in the remaining ingredients and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or up to 6 hours on low.
Top tip for making Italian-style chicken with olives
if the sauce is a little thick , just add a splash of water to loosen.