Chicken, olives and lemon – Dish of the Month for April 2013

It would be a bad job if I couldn’t come up with a dish for my own blog challenge!  However, it’s not too much of a hardship to make one of Nigel Slater’s recipes for Dish of the Month.  The April chapter of the Kitchen Diaries II is full of lovely recipes including quite a lot of prose from Nigel too.
He waxes lyrical about olives and states that it is rare to find an olive he does not like, only those tossed in garlic, stuffed with anchovy or red pepper or marinated with chilli get spat out!  Well, I have to say, my favourite olives are the ones stuffed with anchovies but I wouldn’t put them in this dish.

This is a very simple dish to make, starting by making a paste of spices, salt, oil and garlic.  I realised as I started that I still didn’t have any turmeric, so that got left out.

Nigel uses chicken thighs for this recipe (are you listening Dom?) but I find it more economical to buy a whole free range chicken and joint it myself, then cover it with the paste and leave to marinade.

After a couple of hours, or overnight if you are well organised, fry off the chicken in olive oil and add to the casserole with lemons and onions and water.

The dish is finished with a handful of olives and a bunch of torn coriander.  I served it with couscous to soak up the delicious juices.

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mmm that does look tasty Janice. 🙂

Karen S Booth

The bit where you say "Nigel uses his thighs……" got me all giggly! LOL! Sorry! However, this is a FABULOUS recipe Janice and I hope to have time to join in this month again! Karen

belleau kitchen

I hear you sister!… I agree that jointing a chicken can be more economical and it's always great fun to crunch through bone isn't it!… this looks amazing, as usual… I was actually just looking at Nigel's diaries this morning thinking about what dish I could make… haven't quite settled on one yet!

Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand

Love all types of olives – and this looks like a truly fragrant dish. delicious!

Helen Paterson
Helen Paterson

That looks really tasty! Going to decide on mine tonight.