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Chicken With Olive Gravy

Summer's picture
Chicken with olives is easy to prepare, although it has many ingredients and steps to follow. Also most of the ingredients are found in almost every home or country, so anyone can make it no matter where they live. The taste of the whole recipe is very interesting and the smells of this recipe, while it's been cooked are very fragrant, delicious and tasty.
  Chicken 1
  Onion 1
  Salt To Taste
  Paprika To Taste
  Garlic 4
  Pickled lemons 1 Tablespoon
  Fresh cilantro 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Carrots 2 Large
  Green olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (I Used The Sliced Pickled Olives With Salt And Lemon Juice, Palestinian Style)
  Olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Tomato 1
  Butter 1 Tablespoon

1. Wash your chicken, pat dry then rub with olive oil and lemon juice to get rid of any undesirable odors.

2. In a big pot, add your butter, olive oil and onions and let it cook until translucent.

3. Add garlic, cook for few minutes.

4. Add the diced tomato and cook for few minutes.

5. Add the pickled lemon. Stir and cook for few minutes.

6. Add your spices. Mix well and let cook. At this point your mix will smell wonderful.

7. Add the parsley and cilantro. Stir and cook for few minutes.

8. Add your chicken to the pot. Rub the cooked mix all over the chicken, inside and out.

9. Add ¾ cup of water, enough to cook the chicken but not to have a lot of liquid at the end of the cooking process.

10. Cover and let cook for 25-30 minutes, checking on the water level and how soft your chicken is.

11. Half way through the cooking process, add your sliced carrots. Continue cooking.

12. When the chicken is done, remove it from the pot into a baking pan and bake in 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden in color.

13. Back to your sauce, add the olives and let simmer for 15-20 minutes to get all the flavors mixed up nicely.

14. Plate your chicken and pour the sauce over it or to the side.

15. Serve with lemon slices and steamed couscous or white rice.

I would serve this dish with my mixed rice with nuts and dry fruits to get the full flavors of Algeria. Thank you Khadidja for a first successful challenge. Looking forward to the next challenge from Bahrain.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Middle Eastern
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes
Chicken with olive gravy is an exquisite recipe, it looks so fabulous with the crisp chicken, the snazzy sauce with all the colors and the fragrance is just the icing on the top. After watching this video you can only say WOW!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 683 Calories from Fat 437

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 49 g75.4%

Saturated Fat 11.8 g58.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 172.9 mg57.6%

Sodium 408.9 mg17%

Total Carbohydrates 7 g2.4%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8.2%

Sugars 2.7 g

Protein 52 g103.1%

Vitamin A 94.8% Vitamin C 12.7%

Calcium 6% Iron 13.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Prezi's picture
I never used to like Olives before, but thanks to the PIzza Hut recipes that now I have started loving their taste. Chicken with olives seems to be areally innovative take, in fact, i really think the flavors would compliment each other. But, i miss soe sort of specification here - do i use fresh olive or those pickled ones? I really love th epickled ones, so do tell me the possibility of using them in the this recipe! Thanks :)
shantihhh's picture
Fresh olives are extremely bitter and not edible! The green olives in this recipe are not the same as green olives stuffed with pimentos. These green olives are cured usually with salt brine, then lemon and sometimes olive oil. They are a ripe green olive-wonderful taste not sour. I cure my own (learned from a Lebanese man) but you can buy them in a can or jar at Middle Eastern markets. Here in California we can also buy these The flavour is sort of nutty and so wonderful nothing like those dreadful black tinned olives. Europeans and Middle East cure such wonderful olives. You find them bulk in Middle Eastern & European Markets (French, Italian, Spanish) markets.
aparna.priya's picture
i am very fond of has a tangy taste and it's very healthy as well.... however, i never thought of mixing chicken with olives, it seems to be a great innovation. Thanks for such creative recipes:))
healthyeating's picture
chicken and olives...must be a deadly combination....however, till date i use olive only for my pizza toppings. now i get a new idea of using olives...thanks Summer...
aparna.priya's picture
hey summer, yesterday i had some guests at my place and i tried this chicken with olives would be delighted to know that everyone was amazed to eat it! just like me, no one had ever heard of the chicken-olive combo...thanks for introducing us with a new chicken variant dish...:))
Anonymous's picture
Hi. I love dishes with that Arabic touch, may be I love the flavoring you use, donno exactly what it is that attracts me to such cuisine! I feel this Chicken recipe is quite rich and for that reason it has to be delicious. I can a can of olives left and i will surely try this out. Would u suggest to try the same recipe with some other fruit? Let me know pls :)
Anonymous's picture
Hey! That seems to be a great chicken recipe up there! In fact, i love dishes with that Arabic touch, mostly coz of the flavorings you use. Well, i have a can of olives and think i can use it up this way. Also, would u suggest me using any other fruits in the place of olives in the recipe? Let me knw pls. P.S - I donno if this comment I am posting will come as a repetition, if so, my apologies!
foododido's picture
Humm It seems to be lip smacking, very luscious. I am mad about chicken dish. Can we use lemon juice instead of lemon pickle.?
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