Spanish Chicken With Oranges & Olives

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is a great weeknight dish I adapted from a Bon Apetit magazine recipe. Very nice in spring before the good local produce appears at the market.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over high heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper and brown in oil until skin is crisp, about 6 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate and reduce heat to medium. Drain all but 2 Tbsp drippings from skillet.
  4. Add shallots and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  5. Add sherry, boil until reduced by half. Then add chicken broth, orange juice and grated rind. Boil one more minute.
  6. Return chicken pieces to pan, skin side up. Arrange orange wedges and olives around chicken, and place some shallots atop the ckicken.
  7. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, until done through.
  8. Place chicken on a platter. Bring juices to a boil on the stove and stir in the honey, to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  9. Pour the sauce, oranges, olives, and shallots over the chicken and serve.
  10. Great with rice or cous-cous and lightly sauteed greens.
Most Helpful

I wasn't able to make this exactly as written, but as good as it was with my changes, I'm sure the true recipe is even better. I thought I had olives, but didn't so substituted capers. I also didn't have shallots so used an onion. In spite of my substitutions, it was a delicious dish and I will be trying it again as written very soon. Many thanks!

Great!full January 11, 2010

This is an absolutely wonderful recipe. There is positively nothing I would change or do differently (and I don't say THAT very often!). The sauce was deliciously savoury-sweet. Served with a saffron rice. Definitely a taste of Spain I'll be having again and again! Thanks for a winning recipe.

evelyn/athens May 20, 2009

I made this as written using about 18 chicken wings. It was so good!!! I used olive oil from Spain. Served it with white rice and a green salad. Made for ZWT5.

susie cooks May 19, 2009