Mediterranean Smothered Chicken Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to an even thickness)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the sauce and vegetables

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Instructions

1. Prep the chicken: Season chicken breasts generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

2. Cook the chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature of 165°F). Remove cooked chicken to a plate and set aside.

3. Make the sauce: In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil and sauté chopped onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

4. Add the flavors: Deglaze the pan with white wine (or broth), scraping up any browned bits. Then, stir in sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, and capers.

5. Simmer and thicken: Add the chicken broth and let the sauce simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until slightly reduced. Stir in the heavy cream and lemon juice. Let it simmer until it thickens a bit more.

6. Return the chicken: Nestle the chicken back into the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken to coat.

7. Finish and serve: Sprinkle with chopped parsley and top with feta cheese (if using). Serve over pasta, rice, or couscous. Garnish with additional fresh parsley, if desired.

Tips

Adjust the flavors: Feel free to add other Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like fresh oregano, roasted red peppers, or a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Make it creamy: For a richer sauce, substitute half & half for the heavy cream or stir in a couple of tablespoons of cream cheese near the end of cooking time.

Serving suggestions: This dish is delicious with a variety of sides. Try crusty bread to soak up the sauce, a simple green salad, or roasted vegetables.

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