Chicken with herbs and olives

Chicken with herbs and olives

By 05/02/2012

I love chicken, a light, tasty and versatile meat. It makes a big difference which chicken you buy though. Intensively farmed birds usually have a fishy taste. It reflects the life they have been leading and the food they have been fed.
I was lucky, I grew up only having my grandmothers home bred chickens. She would buy about 80 chicks a year, feed them salad, vegetable scraps (including oranges and lemons!), cereals and corn until they were about 9 month old, big and strong.
She had a very large field where they would roam happily under the sun in the countryside.
When it was the time to slaughter them all the family was called to help. We would all work in a chain. I can't say it was one of the most exciting jobs though. Hard work and it would last for 2-3 days and it was exhausting! The hardest was to take all the feathers off.....
But when it came to eating the meat then I would realise that all that hard work was worth it. The meat was incredibly tasty and the bones were so hard and strong and this is a sign of a good quality chicken.
Usually when you cook cheap chicken, apart from the poor taste, you find that the bones fall apart and break easily.
These days I have to buy my chicken and the closest I can get to home bred ones is by buying organic free range. Much more expensive I know, but much much nicer than the mass produced birds which have an horrendous life as well! I buy a chicken a week and maybe I try to save money somewhere else. After all we are what we eat aren't we? It is worth it to buy the best food you can afford.
I made this simple chicken casserole with olives, rosemary and sage. This is a hand me down recipe from my mum. I usually have it with polenta, vegetables and of course, a nice glass of wine!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 60 minutes



In a large pan fry the chopped onion and garlic cloves with 2 tbsp of olive oil until translucent.

Roll the chicken into salt and pepper and add it to the fried onion. Seal the chicken by stir frying it until golden.

Add the white wine, the herbs, the tomato paste, the chopped olives and the olive oil and cook for about an hour.

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17 Responses to Chicken with herbs and olives

  1. Rita

    What a great recipe; we loved chicken with olives; this one is a keeper.Rita

  2. Cakes and Teacups

    Thanks for the comment on my omelette. This dish is my kind of comfort food I think I'll make your recipe tomorrow. I'm a follower now. Follow me on my adventure as well : )

  3. A_SJ

    Alida, love chicken and love olives. Great combination. Will try next Saturday X

  4. Phil in the Kitchen

    Lovely dish. You're right about quality chicken, it can make such a difference. You're so lucky to have recipes like this handed down to you.

  5. PolaM

    Love olive chicken! I olso love olive rabbit, but that is less easy to come by….

  6. Elpiniki

    Sounds delicious! I love these olives and I think they match the chicken perfectly!

  7. Maggie

    What a beautiful dish. Unfortunately, i can't eat olives but my husband loves them.

  8. Cakes and Teacups

    I've purchased my ingredients for this recipe I'll be making it for dinner I'll post it and let you know how it turned out. Thanks again : )

  9. Alida

    Thank you! Yes please let me know how it went.

  10. Gloria

    This look nice and yumm!

  11. Miss Conversationalist

    I totally agree with you about organic free roaming chicken having a more gamey taste due to roaming around and not being trapped in cages.I love your photography for this post

  12. maha

    What a beautiful n yummy dish.looks awesome

  13. OLGUIS

    I love Italian Food is really really good.RegardsOlguis.

  14. Anonymous

    I was surprised at how delicious this tasted despite so few ingredients, and nice to use all the herbs from our garden. My husband loved it – so a definite winner! xxx

    • Alida

      Great! Thanks very much for trying the recipe!

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