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Chicken with Green Olives

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 50 min.
Mark Bittman
A mixture of two whole cups of green olives, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro result in tender and tangy chicken thighs.


  • 3-4 lbs chicken leg-thigh combination pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dried turmeric
  • 1 tbls garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups canned chicken stock
  • 2 cups green olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbls lemon juice
  • 2 tbls cilantro, chopped


  • In large deep skillet over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Sprinkle chicken pieces with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Add chicken to skillet, skin-side down, and cook, turning, until well browned, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and remove chicken to a plate.
  • To same skillet, add onion pieces, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, bay leaf, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Cook together, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add remaining teaspoon of salt and stir well. Add chicken stock; raise heat to medium-high temperature and return chicken to pan, skin-side up. Continue cooking at low simmer.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare olives by covering them with water in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat; drain water and repeat. Add drained olives to chicken cooking on stove. Continue cooking until chicken is done, about 15 minutes total from the time it is returned to the pan. Add lemon juice and stir well. Add cilantro and stir. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 683
  Calories from Fat 274 (40%)
(48%)Total Fat 31g
(31%)Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
(107%)Cholesterol 321mg
(83%)Sodium 2003mg
(33%)Potassium 1147mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
(13%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(168%)Protein 84g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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