Chicken With Tomatoes & Olives over Polenta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

Chicken and tomatoes goes so well over polenta. The recipe is adapted from Good Housekeeping.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare chicken, On waxed paper, combine flour, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; Coat chicken legs.
  2. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot.
  3. Add legs and cook 10 to 12 minutes until browned, turning over once.
  4. Transfer to plate.
  5. To drippings in skillet; Add onion and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.
  6. Add wine; boil 2 minutes or until reduced by half.
  7. Add tomatoes with the juice, olives, lemon peel, 6 thyme sprigs and remaining salt.
  8. Return legs with any juices to skillet, stirring to coat.
  9. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes or just until juices run clear when the thickest part of the leg is pierced with a knife.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare Soft Polenta: In a 3-quart saucepan, heat milk and broth to boiling over high heat.
  11. Reduce heat to low; Gradually whisk in cornmeal.
  12. Cook 10 minutes or until mixrure is very thick, stir occasionally.
  13. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in butter and pepper.
  14. Remove lemon peel and thyme sprigs from chicken mixture.
  15. Spoon polenta on to plates; top with a chicken leg and some sauce.
  16. Garnish with remaining thyme sprigs.
  17. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

This sounded so good and I had the ingredients on hand so I gave it a try. I usually only make things from the website that have been tried over and over but there were not a ton of chicken and polenta dishes so this won. I really enjoyed it and so did my husband. I changed a few things, not because of the recipe but because of time and not paying close enough attention to the recipe ha ha. I added shredded parm to the polenta...yummy. I also used green and kalamata olives b/c I did not have enough of the kalamata alone. I also used chicken breast (which was already cooked) since that is what I had...turned out fabulous and so quick and easy! Thanks.

danikakerr December 29, 2010

Barb, This is my kind of dish! Absolutely loved it. Used chicken thighs, sauteed a clove of garlic with the onion and added it to the tomato sauce. Also left out the lemon rind. I loved serving it with the polenta which is one of my favorite foods. I have so enjoyed many of your recipes. Thanks so much for posting.

Marie March 13, 2005