Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chicken Recipe - An Easy and Fast Dinner Recipe

Chicken, Red Onion, Fennel Recipe

This recipe is a modified version of one I saw Lidia Bastianich make on TV a few days ago. I followed her recipe except for my addition of black beans. I needed a dinner that was going to 'stick to my ribs' so that I could leave the Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares alone in the evening.

(Not that that plan was successful.)


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half laterally. (Do this when they're still partially frozen so you don't have to deal with slimy chicken!)
1/3 c. flour
1 large red onion, sliced
1/3 c. sliced kalamata olives (that have been preserved in oil)
Parsley, some
Butter and olive oil
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
Zest of 1/2 to 1 orange
White wine

Lightly flour both sides of four chicken pieces. In a large skillet, brown chicken pieces in butter and olive oil until golden. Do  NOT do this at a high temperature. I used a medium-low setting on my burner. When golden, flip chicken pieces and brown other side. This takes only a few minutes on each side.  Remove from skillet and set aside on a plate.

Note: Next time I would make this gluten free, omitting the flour.

In skillet, put some butter and olive oil and saute the red onion until translucent and slightly carmelized.

Add kalamata olives, parsley, black beans, orange zest, fennel to taste, and salt to taste.

Sink chicken pieces down into the onion/black bean mixture. Pour white wine over the top and cook on Low to reduce.  This also only takes a few minutes. I covered the pan for about a minute, then continued to cook uncovered.

I thought this was delicious!!  Kevin's opinion? 'It tastes healthful.'   LOL

Never give up.

He liked the tomato. :-)

This is a modified version, but
the original recipe was from

 Lidia Bastianich's Latest Cookbook,
Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking


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Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Hi Judy It is always good to have a quick and easy recipe to hand. Thanks for sharing. Looks good

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

This looks wonderful. I like the addition of kalamata olives

MadSnapper said...

hubby would love this, he is very fond of red onions, eats them in salad, cooked, on a sandwich.

Amy Burzese said...

Looks good. Hubby likes her recipes . . . Well, anyone iItalian is good in his book. He likes putting olives in things. And, haven't you heard . . . Chocolate is good for you.

Susie said...

That certainly is a quick and healthy meal. I may be trying this out soon. xoxo,Susie

SImple and Serene Living said...

Sounds and looks wonderful. The only way I can stay away from the chocolate is to keep it out of the house. No willpower whatsoever. xo Laura

Chatty Crone said...

Hey that looks REALLY good. I would like that. And good idea about cutting the chicken in half when still partially frozen.

Terri D said...

That really sounds good, and we like fennel. My Joe is one of those who dislikes foods mixed together (his words). He does not care for casseroles, sauces, or dishes like this one with the vegetables 'mixed' in with the meat. He wants his plate to have meat, starch, and veggie all separate. Go figure. I would love this, though!

Rosita Vargas said...

Una delicia de plato yo digo una gran cena muy golosa me encanta,abrazos.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness said...

I think that this chicken dish sounds wonderful. I always like those recipes that are quick and easy.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks like it was delicious! Too bad I couldn't come to dinner. Thank you for sharing it.

Debra Hawkins said...

This looks delicious! I am going to have to try this!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I will love these flavors. Thanks so much.


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