This Baked Chicken with Olives and Rosemary is a favourite of ours, especially as it includes briny Kalamata olives (the magic ingredient to any recipe, if you ask me). So delicious, this dish keeps even my kids wanting more!
Why do olives make every dish taste better?
Olives may be small in size, but they pack a punch in flavour, which varies widely depending on the type of olive and the stage of ripeness at which it was harvested. Green olives are harvested young, whilst reddish, brownish and purplish olives indicate intermediate stages of ripeness, with black olives bring fully ripened.
One of my favourite olive types is the Greek Kalamata olive, whose soft and meaty flesh is the perfect balance between tangy and salty, so you can imagine why I love this dish! The briny flavour of Kalamata olives is an ideal salt alternative and livens up a familiar taste such as chicken.
There is something so comforting about oven baked meats, especially baked/roast chicken. Chicken pieces require a lot less cooking time than a whole chicken, so it's more practical for midweek cooking; it's like eating a mini roast mid-week without having to wait for Sunday!
Baked Chicken with Olives and Rosemary can also be made for a weeknight dinner. I prepare everything in advance, pop the casserole dish into the oven and set the timer so that the chicken bakes whilst I'm collecting the kids and finishes by the time I'm home from the school run. I can remove the casserole and finish off the sauce, ready to serve for dinner.
Pair this dish with your favourite starch and greens. Potatoes or crusty bread both work well, although we like to eat it with rice, as it's great for mixing with the chicken and olive flavoured sauce!
Here's what you'll need to make this:
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Oil for frying
1kg bone-in chicken pieces with skin 
1 echalion shallot, thinly sliced
180g drained Kalamata olives, stones removed 
1 Tbsps chopped fresh rosemary
250ml chicken stock
juice from half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
And here's what you'll need to do:
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