Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives ~

Whelp, I’m back. I know I disappeared for a bit, but so much has been going on.

This past weekend I saw a few of my childhood friends (you might remember them from my visit to Cleveland), and I got to give two of them, who happen to be married, a blanket I made for their second child who’s due in June. It was my first time sewing a blanket, as opposed to crocheting, and it definitely came out a little crooked. I realize you can’t tell unless you really stare at it though, so whatever.


I order these little tags to sew into the lining. On one side it says “Handmade by Amy Carota <3” and on the back it has washing instructions. So cute, right?! The blanket is a white fleece on one side and just a cute fabric on the other, with a satin trim. I’m excited to try to make another one soon, so hopefully another of my friends will get preggo :)


Today, I officially had my last day at work! I said my goodbyes to everyone, and they even got a Carvel ice cream cake for me. Yum :)

I spent Wednesday morning looking at a couple houses, because I could. It was the last time I could really take off part of a weekday, since I start my new job on Monday. Saturday I’m going to look at MORE houses (10 I believe). I think I must be setting a record with the amount of houses I’ve seen in the last 3 weeks. I definitely know the things I do and don’t want, though, which makes it extra hard since I’m picky!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives ~

As you might imagine, I haven’t had much time to cook, and thus to share yummy recipes with you. I did manage to make us this meal last night. It was something I pinned a few weeks ago and finally got around to making.

I loved the combination of flavors and ingredients. They definitely aren’t ones I find myself eating often. It had the perfect balance of protein and veggies  (and carbs since I served it over brown rice). The spices are really delicious and unique.

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives ~

I made this after I got home from work, so unlike the Tomato Quiche, you could easily make this for a weeknight meal ;)

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with a cookie recipe I baked up this week too!

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives ~

Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

From The Longevity Kitchen via Epicurious

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Serves 4-6

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs- about 1.5 pounds (you MUST use thighs or they’ll dry out)
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Generous pinch red pepper flakes
1 cinnamon stick, or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and mixed with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of salt
8 thawed frozen or jarred artichoke hearts (see note), quartered
1/2 cup pitted green olives, such as picholine or manzanilla (I used pimento stuffed ones because that’s all I could find)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or cilantro (I used mint)

Pat the chicken dry and season salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, working in batches if necessary, and cook until well browned on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Decrease the heat to medium. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and sauté until soft and slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the broth to deglaze the pot, stirring to loosen any bits stuck to the pot. Stir in a pinch of salt and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the remaining 1 3/4 cups of broth, the lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the chicken, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, and olives and stir gently to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice. Taste; you may want to add another squeeze of lemon juice or pinch of salt.

Garnish with the mint.

The artichokes hearts can be fresh, frozen and thawed, or packed in water in a jar. Whichever type you use, rinse them well. If using fresh artichoke hearts, add them right after adding the garlic.

Variation: This dish would work well using a firm white fish, such as 1 pound halibut, cut into 4 ounces pieces, in place of the chicken. Begin the recipe by sautéing the onion. Proceed as directed, but substitute vegetable broth, homemade or store-bought, for the chicken broth. Add the fish during the last 5 minutes of cooking.


  1. Makes 12 muffins? Sounds delicious anyway . . .

  2. First of all, what a beautifully made baby blanket! Your friends must be so touched. I love the detail with the tag!

    This chicken dish looks wonderful! I’ve been cooking (not only baking) a lot more and was just pinning Michael Pollan’s braised chicken recipe. Now I see yours and it looks just as delicious! I don’t know how I’ll ever get to cook all the wonderful stuff I see on blogs and elsewhere but I guess it’s a good problem.

    Lastly, good luck on your new job (I’d like some Carvel ice cream cake now) and with your house hunting! I’m sure it’ll all work out very well! : )

    • Thanks, Monica. It’s really cool having a sewing machine because you can really make things that you would otherwise have to buy in a store…i duno, it’s just really neat :) I hope you make this chicken! It was delicious and has now lasted us for several dinners, hehe.

  3. I want a blanket like that…and I’m defintely older than “infant”.

    Also, this is like my dream chicken dish. Or maybe my dream artichoke dish, depending on how you want to look at it.

    Good luck next week. <3

  4. Okay, there was lots of awesome news up there, but all I can think about is how I ate about 400 artichokes last week at a Middle East themed feast I attended. I WANT THIS CHICKEN.

    • hehe. Wow, that’s an awful lot of artichokes and I would totally think you’d be sick of them. But if not, then do it! It was delicious :)

  5. everything movita said. except for I didn’t eat 400 artichokes last week at a Middle Eastern feast.
    i wonder if your friends like it when you just go around hoping they have babies so you can make them adorable blankets with equally adorable tags on them. :)

    • hahaha. I didn’t eat 400 artichokes either. That’s a lot of artichokes. I wouldn’t mind if my friends had babies just for me! More babies to play with :)

  6. Amy, what an elegant meal (especially for such a busy woman – wow!) and talk about a combination of tasty ingredients… this is something I would expect to see on the menu of one of my favorite restaurants. Really lovely. The baby blanket is utterly adorable and a priceless gift. Hard to believe I made my first baby blanket 16 years ago next week for my best friend’s first born…does time fly! Anyhow, the blanket is still around and serving her puppy pug nicely ;-). It still appears in family photos routinely so these gifts endure and live on in amazing ways :).

    • Thank you, Kelly :) It did come out rather pretty, didn’t it? Now that you mentioned that, I’m totally adding it to my list of meals that would be lovely at a dinner party. Wow, have you made a lot of baby blankets? I have a feeling I”m never going to make them perfectly, but that’s definitely part of the charm…i hope ;)

  7. So clearly a dumb observation, but I didn’t realize “houses” existed in New York City. Except for that one in Homer & Langley, that book about the extreme hoarders? They definitely needed a house for all their stuff.

    Are they like all squished together or is there space on either side? Such different lives we lead.

    That blanket has a special part! (the silky part around the edge.) I wore out my baby blanket and had my mom make me a new one when I was a kid, then wore that out and had her make me another new one in high school. That one’s now worn out too. Hmmmmmmattachmentissuescoughcough.

    • Hi Emma! No, not a dumb observation at all…we’re house hunting in New Jersey :) There are houses in new york city, but not in manhattan- Brooklyn, Queens, Yonkers and some other boroughs have them. The ones in queens have room but I think the ones in brooklyn don’t have huge pieces of property.

      Aw, that’s so cute about your blankie! I hope my friend’s child uses it as much as you!!! (I totally still have stuffed animals from when I was little)

  8. This chicken looks really good and the spices sound wonderful! I know your recipe says thighs only but I don’t like dark meat. I am going to figure out some way to try this with breast meat. The blanket is adorable. What a wonderful and useful keepsake baby gift!

    • Thanks, Wendy :) Hmm, you could try white meat but I just find that it dries out more. You’d have to be super careful about not overcooking it. Let me know how it works out, though!

  9. Yay for starting a new job today! Good luck girl!

    And ugh to house hunting. It sounds…not super fun. But hopefully you’ll find something soon!

    This dish sounds so richly flavorful..almost with a Moroccan spice profile!

    • Thank you, Joanne! It was a pretty good day :) Yes, this def had a Moroccan taste, and the olives made it tangy. It was delish!

  10. First off, HOLD THE PHONE – you’re from the cleve!? omg! I’m not from there, I’m from Toledo, but I did date a boy from Lorain for awhile (don’t judge) and spent some time visiting the greater cleveland area while I was in College

    Moving on… you’re going to be the FIRST PERSON I tell if I ever get pregnant, bc I NEED ONE OF THOSE ADORABLE BLANKETS!! HOW DID YOU DO THAT?! YOU’RE LIKE… MAGICAL!

    And GOOD FOR YOU looking at a bajillion houses! Don’t settle! You know what you want, so just keep looking until you find the perfect one! The BF bought the house we are currently in and DIDN’T EVEN GO LOOK AT IT FIRST. Needless to say, I have my issues with it… so yeah, don’t settle, because those tiny things that seem just a little annoying at first will nag at your inner self EVERY FREAKING DAY until they are like SCREAMING IN YOUR FACE like HI! I’M THAT ANNOYING THING THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE.
    It’s not fun. Trust me.

    and THIS CHICKEN LOOKS AMAZING! It seems so light and spring/summery and delicious, except that i hate olives… do you think it would still be delicious without the olives? It looks like it has enough going on that it should be totally fie without them.

    • He bought a house WITHOUT LOOKING AT IT? I hope you’re kidding:(

    • No no, I’m from Jersey! My friend moved to Cleveland because her hubby works for the Cleveland Indians :)

      Haha, I will TOTALLY make you a baby blanket!!! In fact, I’ll make it owl-themed, and no one else will ever have the same one! Seriously, I will…so get moving on that.

      I’m getting to the point that I really might settle because I’m so sick of this house stuff…and it’s only been like a month.

  11. I love this chicken recipe! Looks yummy and really good for you, too :) My kind of weekday night meal.

  12. Wow, Amy, I’m so impressed with your sewing skills! The blankets are absolutely adorable, and sewing the personal tag inside is such a nice touch. I’m sure your friends loved them. And of course your chicken sounds YUMMY!

    • Aw, thank you Caroline :) Honestly, I kind of impress myself with these things…you can seriously make something totally professional on a sewing machine. It’s pretty awesome. I can’t wait til I’m better at it, because who KNOWs what i could make!!!

  13. Nicole McEntee

    The blanket you made for Sarah and Mike’s baby #2 is amazing, you are so talented I cant get over it:) We miss you so much and can’t wait to catch up or see you soon!

    • Thanks, Nicole. I wish I had had a sewing machine when you were preggo! You’ll just have to have another ;) I’ll have a talk with Frank, hehe.

  14. I forgot to tell you — I made this for dinner Friday night. It was delicious!

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