Braised chicken with green olives, lemon and saffron

Braised chicken with green olives, lemon and saffron

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From
A la Grecque
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

We make this chicken dish at A La Grecque and serve it with couscous. It can also be made in the oven in a large baking tray. Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, refrigerate and leave them for a couple of hours to marinate the chicken. Cook in a 200ºC oven for 35 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the skin is crisp and golden.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 lemon
salt
1 x 1.6kg free-range chicken
125ml extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
20 threads saffron
200g green olives, pitted and sliced
500ml Chicken stock
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel fine strips of zest from the lemon. Slice the zest into thin julienne strips. Place them in a small saucepan and cover with boiling water from the kettle. Add a teaspoon of salt and boil for 2–3 minutes. Drain well and reserve the zest.
  2. Joint the chicken into thighs, drumsticks and wings and cut each breast fillet in half, keeping it on the bone.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or casserole dish. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and fry the chicken pieces in batches over a high heat until the skin is crisp and golden. As each batch is browned, transfer to a bowl. If the chicken has released a lot of fat, drain some of it away.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for a few minutes until they begin to soften and turn a light golden brown. Add the garlic, saffron and olives and stir. Return the browned chicken pieces to the pan and add the reserved lemon zest and chicken stock.
  5. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and bring to the boil. Lower the temperature and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with couscous or saffron pilaf.
Tags:
Greek
Greece
European
Mediterranean
SBS
Grecque
Grecque
Pam
Talimanidis
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