Thursday, November 11, 2010

Roast Lemon Chicken With Green Olives

This is a wonderfully flavoursome dish that I cooked on one of those chilly spring night. It is dead easy to prepare and it is certainly a recipe to keep. The original recipe asked for skinless, boneless thigh fillets but I used a whole chicken instead. It has been hot and humid here in Melbourne but I am sure this will be perfect for my friends living in the northern hemisphere.
P.S A great dish if you are entertaining but don't feel like spending too much time shopping and cooking.

recipe adapted from Delicious Magazine by Belinda Jeffery
Pre-heated oven at 180 C
serves 4 with a side salad
you'll need;
1 whole chicken, cut into 10 pieces
3 onions, sliced
2 lemon, cut into 20 thin slices and reserve the rest
sprigs of thyme
150 g of split green olives
3/4 cup of chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
flour for dusting
extra virgin olive oil

Dust chicken pieces with flour then brown in batches, set aside.

Saute onion and some thyme leaves with generous amount of olive oil til soft and lightly coloured, set aside.

Lemon slices and split green olives.

Distribute onion on the base of a baking pan, arrange chicken pieces on top. Place 2 slices of lemon on each piece of chicken, add a few more sprigs of thyme and season well. Pour chicken stock over, squeeze the rest of the lemon all over  and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Add olives during the last 10 minutes of cooking. I hope someone with give this a try too.

I served a side dish of roasted potato with garlic and rosemary and....

a simple saute green beans.


  1. Fantastic pictures as always!!

  2. pasti akan mencubanya selepas sikecilku balik dari camping.Nampak senang dan bahan bahan pun tak banyak.Dan...pastinya satu menu yang sungguh sihat.Thanks Tummy:)

  3. Harriet from carltonNovember 11, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    It looks delicious and so simple too!

  4. hi tummy!!!!! lama tak dtg siniiiiii sejak i ilang arah sekejap hihihi..., whaaaoooo!!! simple recipe! i loikkeeee! bookmarked!! thanks for sharing! sihat ke tummy? :D good dayyy to u my frenz!!!

  5. This looks fantastic and so few ingredients too :)

  6. Oh YUm! Looks great. I recently did a lemon syrup roast chicken too.

  7. hi tummy... rindu dengan masakan tummy! ayam tuh nampak menyelerakan... masuk list!

  8. Oh I miss your food! I must try this because I am sick of cooking Vietnamese food haha.

  9. Wow, your photo of the browned chicken pieces looks so delicious I could just eat that lol!

  10.'re just making me hungry by looking at this..sooo yum..yum!

  11. woo....! yummy!!! tummy, u r so.... pandai.

  12. Yum yum! Wish I could have them for the dinner!

  13. Thank you for bringing lemon chicken back to reality! I don't know about Australia, but in America in the 90's it was in every single grocery store for take out. and I have avoided it ever since,until now. ;)
    Good on you using whole chicken with skin on and using fresh ingredients love that "tummy" philosophy!
    BTW I hope you do a Tummy version of my Brisket!
    Have you seen the Fig Bread @ Angies Recipes?

  14. I love chicken, this dish looks so delicious!

  15. This looks loke a fab recipe -- am a huge fan of green olives! Just looking at them makes me want to open a bottle. Great pics too! Joni

  16. innovative and interesting!!something different from what I always roast wt my chick!! I will try out this recipe soon!! thanks!

  17. Chicken looks so well browned,I never can get it to look so good.Fab pics.

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