Budget dinner series: Part 3

Mediterranean chicken with olives: R35 for two

by: Caro de Waal | 13 Jul 2010

This is an easy, pocket friendly dish that will have your taste buds jumping.

Mediterranean chicken with olives: R35 for 2

1 pack chicken pieces
1 tin of whole peeled tomatoes
½ pack of black olives
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
1 cup brown rice
4 medium carrots
1 t sugar
Salt and black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
Season the chicken pieces with salt and black pepper and pan-fry in some canola or vegetable oil until brown. Place into an oven-proof dish.
Pour over the tin of tomatoes, breaking them up a bit with the side of a spoon.
Remove the olive pips by placing the side of your knife over them and giving it a slight bash. They will squash the olive and the stone is then easily removed.
Chop them up roughly and scatter over the chicken.
Remove the rosemary from the stalk and chop finely, scatter over the chicken.
Peel and slice the garlic finely and scatter over the chicken.
Grind a generous amount of black pepper and season with salt. Give it all a good mix.
Cover and place in the oven for 25 mins.
Whilst the chicken is cooking, place the rice in some cold water following the packet instructions.
Peel and slice the carrots lengthways into finger-sized stick and steam/boil until just soft and drain.
Just before serving, add 1 T water to the carrots and the sugar and warm through on top of the stove for a minute or two, tossing to make a glaze.
Serve the chicken on the rice and spoon over the sauce with the carrots on the side, enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins

Try these tasty alternatives!

1.       Serve with creamy mash instead of rice.

2.       Add 1 small chopped chilli to the dish before cooking for a spicy kick.

- Caro de Waal

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