Braised chicken with olives, rosemary and tomatoes


Stuck for something to cook tonight? Here’s a tasty and easy to prepare chicken recipe for dinner.


You don’t need tons of ingredients to make it happen.It took me about 30 minutes to prepare last night and everyone loved it. What’s nice is that when it’s all prepared, you can just pop the whole lot in the oven and have a glass of wine while it cooks. I probably let it cook in the oven a little too long, but it didn’t really matter and the sauce thickened nicely.


Here’s what you’ll need for four persons:-


1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1 large sliced onion

2 cloves sliced garlic

500g quartered (small) potatoes (or better still, new potatoes)

2 tbs olive oil

8 drumsticks (with skin on)

Plum or cherry tomatoes still on the vine (the vine looks good but isn’t imperative)

300ml dry white wine

300ml chicken stock

180g drained, pitted kalamata olives

Small bunch of basil and a couple of sprigs of rosemary for garnish (I forgot to use this in the picture above!)




Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/Gas 7

Put the first four ingredients into a roasting tray and coat with olive oil

Cook for 25 minutes

Meanwhile fry the chicken in a little oil until almost cooked through and nicely browned.

Heat the wine and stock in a saucepan until they reach simmering point.

Then add the wine, stock, olives and chicken to the roasting tray and place the vine tomatoes on top.

Return to the oven for +- 30 minutes until potatoes are soft and chicken completely cooked through.

Garnish with basil leaves and a couple of sprigs of rosemary.


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  1. Very remiss of this authour of “Champagne Life on a Beer Budget”. not to have a glass of champagne on offer to the recipients of her talk / hard sell presentation. Would have been a nice touch with such a title and I’m sure she would have sold more copies to boot.

  2. Oops sorry if this appeared in response to the wrong segment!!

  3. Johanna

    An observant comment, thanks Ingrid, which refers to the post “How to Live a Champagne Life on a Beer Budget”. I agree, a glass of champagne would most likely have put everyone in the room in buying mode!

  4. I’m pinning this recipe. We love Provencal flavors and kalamata olives. I’d probably try this with chicken breasts which I imagine would also work.

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