We all love the tangy and fresh flavors so I have been making more meals using them. I had some chicken breasts to use up and went in search of other ingredients to make dinner. I found olives, capers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, basil, and dried oregano. I seasoned the chicken with some of the fresh herbs & seasonings then browned them before placing them in a baking dish surrounded by the rest of the ingredients then placed it in the oven and baked it. The chicken turned out moist and flavorful and combined nicely with the baked tomatoes, olives, garlic, and capers.
Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 30-35 min.
6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, trimmed, pounded to 1/3-inch thickness
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
8 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
2 garlic cloves, pressed
30 pitted Kalamata olives, cut lengthwise into slivers
16 grape tomatoes, stemmed, quartered lengthwise
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon freshly chopped+ basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small dish. Mix until well combined. Season both sides of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, then sprinkle the herb mixture evenly over both sides of each chicken breast.
Heat the 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown then flip. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, combine the tomatoes, olives, onion, capers, sliced garlic, and remaining thyme, basil, and oregano, then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a small bowl. Drizzle with remaining olive oil then toss to mix well.
Place the chicken breasts into the prepared baking dish then surround the chicken with the tomato mixture. Place into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with more fresh basil and thyme if desired. Enjoy.