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Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Grapes

Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Grapes is an easy oven baked chicken dish that makes a warm and comforting main dish dinner that the whole family will love.

This dish is a family favorite and one that I grew up having. I remember asking for this once when we were visiting my great grandmother in Santa Maria during my birthday. My sweet mom and grandmother made it for me. It was obviously a good day because I still remember it years later.

This is also the dish my husband requests for our anniversary or his birthday or anytime I ask him what he wants for dinner. If (and I mean if) you have any leftover chicken, it is perfect for a salad.

A casserole dish of mediterranean chicken with olives and grapes

Ingredients you need to make this:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Grapes
  • Olives
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • Black Pepper

The best part of the dish is the baked olives and grapes! They get a lovely roasted flavor and then having the olive oil and butter sauce to spoon over the chicken with the olives and grapes is amazing!

Browned chicken in a dish

How to make Mediterranean Chicken with Grapes and Olives

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put grapes and olives into a large oven proof casserole dish, at least a 9 by 13 inch pan.
  3. In a large skillet, saute the onions in the butter and olive oil until lightly browned. Pour the onions and olive oil/ butter sauce over the grapes and olives. Sprinkle half of the spices and herbs over the grapes and olives.
  4. Place the pan with olives and grapes in the oven. Begin cooking while you brown the chicken.
  5. Season chicken with remaining salt, garlic, and pepper. Brown quickly over medium high heat on both sides. This should take maybe 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan is. 
  6. Transfer the chicken to the casserole pan placing over the olives and grapes. Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Top with more mint and parsley when out of the oven.

We usually serve this over white rice, Basmati being our favorite but any white rice like Jasmine or long grain white rice works. 

We have also done it with mashed potatoes which I find nice as well just a different feel to it. Although I have never done this I think it would also pair well with couscous or quinoa if you prefer those grains.

 

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Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Grapes

Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Grapes is an easy oven baked chicken dish that makes a warm and comforting main dish dinner that the whole family will love.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups grapes different grapes give slightly different flavors, I usually use green grapes
  • 30 ounces pitted olives 2- 15 oz cans
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper coarse grind is our preference

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put grapes and olives into a large oven proof casserole dish, at least a 9 by 13 inch pan. In a large skillet, saute the onions in the butter and olive oil until lightly browned. 
  • Pour the onions and olive oil/ butter sauce over the grapes and olives. Sprinkle half of the spices and herbs over the grapes and olives.
  • Place the pan with olives and grapes in the oven. Begin cooking while you brown the chicken.
  • Season chicken with remaining salt, garlic, and pepper. Brown quickly over medium high heat on both sides. This should take maybe 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on how hot your pan is.
  • Transfer the chicken to the casserole pan placing over the olives and grapes.  Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Top with additional mint and parsley before serving.

Notes

Family preference is to serve this with white rice like Basmati or Jasmine rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 2324mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just had to try this recipe because of the olives. It was amazing! My husband really loved it and asked me to make it again. I think this would be perfect to serve to guest because it it’s impressive but simple to make.

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