Sautéed Chicken With Green Olives and Cilantro

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

North African in spirit, this dish is easy enough for weeknight cooking but impressive enough to serve to guests. Note the sauté-and-roast technique used to prepare the chicken, which results in crisp skin and juicy meat. Contrast the strong, sweet, spicy and salty notes in the relish with a fruity, medium-weight Zinfandel. Look for the 1997 Eberle Paso Robles Sauret Vineyard or the 1998 Ridge Sonoma Station.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 500°. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and saffron and cook over moderate heat until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces by three-quarters and becomes syrupy, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet. Add the chicken, skin side down, and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the pieces skin side down and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced.
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick from the sauce. Add the olives and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with pepper. Rewarm the sauce over low heat for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and the 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro. Arrange the chicken on plates and spoon the sauce around it. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Most Helpful

ZWT4: Yummy!! I love the superb combination of flavors!! Can wait till we make this again!

Mom2Rose June 26, 2008

We really enjoyed this. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, which reduced my total cooking time. I probably used 1/4 cup of olives because we really like them. The flavors were just right - not too strong, but still noticeable. I served it with couscous and DiB's Morrocan Carrots and Sharon123's Morrocan Olive Flatbread. Thanks for sharing this one!

pattikay in L.A. February 09, 2007