Day 3 of the Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast cook-off. BTW I keep wanting to call the cookbook Fast Fresh Flavor or Flavor Fast & Fresh. Anyhoo.
This time, we tried Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives and Cilantro, the cover recipe for the book (detailed on p.138). I chose it because it looked like something we’d enjoy (being suckers for anything remotely Mediterranean).
You need boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 per serving). After seasoning the chicken with salt & pepper, you cook it over medium heat until it is browned and just cooked through. The cookbook says 10-15 minutes; I think it depends on the size of the breasts. Mine never cook in the time a cookbook says they will. When the breasts are cooked, take them off the heat and put them on a plate, tented loosely with foil. Don’t do what I did and tightly cover with foil or they will overcook!
Kick the heat on your skillet up a notch, and throw in onions, thinly sliced, cooking until they are softened. Add halved cherry tomatoes and pitted green olives to taste and cook until the tomatoes start to release their juices (i.e. not long). Remove from heat, stir in fresh squeezed lime juice and cilantro to taste, correct seasoning and serve the chicken with the tomato mix over it.
Prep time: about 15 mins, 20 if you have small children asking you questions throughout.
Verdict: Terrific! I loved this dish, even though I overcooked the chicken. The flavors of the onions, tomatoes and olives were right down our alley, and the house smelled delicious. This is a great dish for company; it’s easy to prepare and pretty to serve. Speaking of…we served it over rice and with a side of sauteed spinach.