Easy, delicious and perfect for batch cooking, this baked Italian chicken recipe with olives, tomatoes and rosemary is perfect for a tasty chicken dinner!
One thing I am always happy to find another recipe for is chicken. It goes with so many flavours and can be used in so many different ways. One of my favourite easy ways of cooking it is baking it in the oven with various vegetables, herbs and spices. For example one of our favourite meals is this harissa chicken tray bake.
Well, a long time ago I used to take part in a club called the Secret Recipe Club and this easy Italian chicken recipe is inspired by a recipe by Birthe who used to blog at New Yorker by Heart. I picked this recipe as it contained flavours I love and I knew it would be easy to make after work. I also fancied something with chicken and olives. To be honest, I often fancy recipes with chicken and olives!
A great midweek chicken dish
This baked Italian chicken recipe really is a great recipe to make for a midweek meal. It does take 40 minutes in the oven but it's very quick to prepare so you can relax and do other things while it bakes. I would say it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare so altogether it is ready in under an hour.
What can you serve with this baked Italian chicken?
Well, I often like to serve it with baked potatoes that I can pop in the oven with the Italian chicken. I often cook them for 3-4 minutes in the microwave first so they have time to cook through. You could serve it with any kind of potatoes though or just some fresh Italian bread
It would also be a great recipe to make with crispy fried gnocchi! I've recently discovered how tasty fried gnocchi are and they are a such a great alternative to potatoes as a side dish.
How can you adapt this Italian baked chicken recipe?
Well, feel free to vary the colours of peppers you use. You could also add extra Italian vegetables such as diced aubergine and courgettes. If you don't like chilli peppers then just miss out the chilli or use just pinch of dried chilli flakes instead.
I used chicken breasts this time but the recipe is just as good made with chicken thighs or legs.
If you don't want to bother switching the oven on then just simmer it gently on the hob.
Can you batch cook this Italian chicken?
Yes, this recipe is great for batch cooking. Just add more chicken, more vegetables and increase the stock a little. If you are using a much bigger pot then it may need longer in the oven too. Just add a little extra time and if you're not sure it's ready then take out one of the pieces of chicken and cut into it to check it is cooked through.
Can you Freeze Italian Chicken?
Yes, once the chicken has cooked and cooled it can be frozen for up to 4 months. Let it defrost thoroughly before reheating in the oven or microwave.
Baked Italian Chicken Recipe with Olives, Tomatoes and Rosemary
Baked Italian Chicken Recipe
- 2 tablespoon flour
- Pinch dried oregano
- Pinch dried thyme
- Pinch dried basil
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 chilli pepper sliced
- 3 tablespoon olives
- 1 red pepper cut into strips
- 100 g cherry tomatoes
- 1 tsb dried rosemary
- Pinch black pepper
- 300 ml chicken stock or white wine
- Mix the dried oregano, thyme, basil, salt and black pepper into the flour
- Coat the chicken in the seasoned flour mixture.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the crushed garlic and sliced chilli and after about 20 seconds, the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides.
- Place the chicken in an ovenproof dish. Surround with the olives, red pepper and cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with the rosemary and season with black pepper.
- Pour the stock into the frying pan with the leftover garlic and and chillies. Bring to the boil and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour this over the chicken and vegetables.
- Cover the dish with foil so it stays moist and doesn't dry out. Bake in the oven at about 200C for about 40 minutes. Serve with potatoes or bread.
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Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
YUM! This recipe looks delicious. I do love a batch cook recipe! Eb x
Me too! I am always batch cooking as well. x
This looks absolutely delicious - so perfect for summer! I really love that you use fresh tomatoes instead of canned too!
Yes, the fresh tomatoes are lovely in this! I have to admit I get through so many tomatoes right now as we're having them with almost every meal either cooked or in salads!
Love the sound of this chicken dish, super healthy too. I don't like whole olives for some silly reason but love the whole tapenade thing so would perhaps try to use that in the stock. I think chicken and olives are absolutely heavenly!
I think whole olives are less strong when they are cooked but yes, tapenade would be good as an alternative!
Great flavours, you can't go wrong with Mediterranean herbs especially when it comes to chicken. I'd definitely use wine rather than chicken stock for my batch:)
I'm glad you like it Monika! Mediterranean herbs are so good in summer recipes, aren't they?
This looks lovely. I don't like olives, but I'm sure I could make a swap! A perfect mid-week dinner!
You could easily make a swap. I think sundried tomatoes would work well as they would add lots of flavour in the same way that the olives do.
This sounds very tasty! I am a new follower of your blog. Patsy
I love all of the fresh flavors in this dish! And would need a huge piece of bread to sop up all that good sauce.
what a great recipe!
It looks really comforting and I bet the slice of that chicken is super tender and juicy 🙂
This dish has all the ingredients of Provence, but then Italy is just down the road! Love all those flavours!
There's nothing better than a one dish chicken meal! I’m stopping by from SRC but I’d love if you check our my new site seasonalpotluck.com February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we’d love if you’d link up!
Erin @ WholesomeRD
I love how you say "I fancied" 😉
This looks delicious! The husband is not a huge fan of olives, so I'd probably leave those out but I love the peppers! Thanks for sharing!
My husband especially would adore this recipe.
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
This sounds great! I cook with chicken all the time and am always looking forward to new ways to make it! Thanks!
I agree with you, I have a ton of recipes regarding chicken and I never stop to gather even more. This one goes straight to my pile! Looks delicious!
I love olives in a chicken dish like this. And I'm with you... always looking for a new way to cook chicken!
This is an awesome chicken recipe. I just love those olives in this dish, it looks delicious! It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Great choice 🙂 I also love chicken recipes. Great blog you have here........
All the best,
That looks incredibly tasty. I'll bet the olives add a ton of depth to the flavour.