Chicken is a favorite in our house. We eat a lot of chicken and one of the many reasons is because of its versatility. It lends itself to so many different styles of cooking and recipes, from around the world. The possibilities are endless. This recipe for chicken with peppers and olives has a very Mediterranean flair to it. It is something you could find in any country from The Mediterranean or Middle Eastern part of the world. It is also quick and easy to make, as well as very tasty. Basically, you just can’t go wrong with this dish.
Chicken with Peppers and Olives
1 1/2-2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into strips
salt and pepper to taste – go easy on the salt because of the brine from the olives and the lemon juice
1/2 each red, yellow and orange peppers, sliced thin
1/3 cup sweet peppers
2 TBSP garlic
1/2 cup mixed olives, pitted and cut in 1/2
1 onion, sliced thin
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1-2 tsp each of fresh basil and oregano, chopped fine
2-3 TBSP butter
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 TBSP paprika
1 tsp lemon juice
Saute the peppers, garlic, onion, and mushrooms in the olive oil and butter until the peppers and onions are soft and translucent, then remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan add the chicken and cook until it is thoroughly cooked. Then add the wine. Let it cook for about 1 minute and make sure to scrape all the drippings off the bottom of the skillet to give the dish extra flavor and texture.
Add the pepper and onion mixture to the chicken, along with the olives, the herbs and seasonings. Mix everything together well. Let cook for about 5-10 minutes. Right before serving, add the lemon juice to really bring all the flavors together and make the recipe come to life.
Once the chicken and peppers are done, you can serve them over either rice, pasta or cous cous. I chose the cous cous to make it even more Mediterranean and served it with some warmed pita bread and hummus. Of course there was wine as well. You can go with either a rich, buttery chardonnay or a light fruity red. Either one would be a perfect accompaniment to the meal.