Chicken With Carrots and Olives

“This is a Food and Wine staff favorite. This very flavorful recipe contains very common Middle Eastern ingredients. I would serve this with couscous. Recipe courtesy of Grace Parisi. Enjoy!”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup extra-virgin olive oil, separated
  • 1 12 lbs chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut into 1/2 inch strips (or skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 lemon, seeded and very thinly sliced
  • 3 large carrots, very thinly sliced (preferably on a mandoline)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 34 cup mixed herb-marinated pitted olive (3 ounces)
  • chopped roasted almonds, for serving
  • couscous, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 T. of olive oil, over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the heated skillet, in a single layer. Cook chicken, turning once, until it is browned but not fully cooked through. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate, trying to leave as much oil in the skillet as possible.
  2. Add the lemon to the skillet in a single layer. Cook them, turning once, until browned on both sides - about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 2 T. olive oil, the carrots and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until carrots are just slightly soft - this should take about 2 minutes. Add the water and cook until carrots are crisp tender and the liquid has evaporated - this should take about 2 minutes. Stir in the cumin, paprika and cinnamon and cook for about 1 minute more.
  3. Return chicken to the skillet, and any accumulated juices. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, olives and seson with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through - this should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a serving bowl and sprinkle with almonds.
  5. Serve with couscous.

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