Chicken features on our menu at least twice a week and as I’ve said before, after the 100th time of trying to cook it differently, it becomes hard to get creative! Especially during the summer months when being in a hot kitchen is about as appealing as a full body wax (well for me anyway). Knowing I had to develop a recipe using Mediterranean Delicacies’ Calamata Style Olives, I wanted to keep whatever I was going to make fresh, light and perfect for Summer eating. I wanted the olives to have a starring roll and thought the chicken would be the perfect, simple backdrop. This dressing is quite amazing. It is such a pleasure to eat as the salt, almost-bitter olives paired with sharp and vinegary capers and sweet cherry tomatoes just work so well together. I had to stop myself from eating spoonfulls straight out of the bowl before dinner. I added lemon juice, olive oil and fresh parsley to make it into a ‘dressing’ and served on top of the warm chicken escalopes, it was just delightful! Serves 4 4 large skinless chicken breasts, de-boned 1 cup flour, seasoned with salt & pepper for the dressing 1 cup Mediterranean DelicaciesCalamata Style Olives, pitted and roughly chopped 2 tbsp capers (if the capers you buy are packaged in salt, rinse and drain them before using) 1 cup cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 cup olive oil juice of 1 lemon 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped salt & pepper to taste
- Start by pounding the chicken between two layers of cling film until approximately 1cm (0.39 inches) thick.
- Coat the chicken in the seasoned flour and fry in a hot pan until browned on either side and cooked through (approximately 1-2 minutes per side).
- In the meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
- When the chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and serve topped with the dressing.
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