Olive and Garlic Chicken Recipe

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serves: 4 to 6
Skill: easy


  • 1 whole free-range chicken, jointed 
(get your butcher to do this)
  • 50ml (2fl oz) good quality olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed, plus 5 whole garlic cloves
  • 5 sage sprigs, plus extra leaves, to serve
  • 65ml (2½fl oz) oil
  • 100ml (4fl oz) red wine vinegar
  • 300ml (½pt) chicken stock
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 150g (5oz) pitted green olives (we used Gordal olives)
  • 100g (4oz) pitted black olives (we used Couchillo olives)


  • Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and mix in the olive oil, crushed garlic and sage. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 1 hour or ideally overnight.

  • Heat 1tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan, season the chicken and fry in batches until browned all over. Leave the chicken skin-side up and add the whole garlic cloves, vinegar, stock, lemon zest and olives. You want the chicken in a single layer, and don’t cover it. Bring 
to the boil then simmer for 1 hour.

  • To serve, heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat and fry some sage leaves in batches for a few seconds until crisp. Set aside on kitchen towel until ready to serve. This 
is delicious with new potatoes or bread.

Top Tip for making Olive and Garlic Chicken

COOK'S TIP Buy olives in oil, not brine. Some olives can be over salty, which will be too overpowering for the dish. Taste before you buy if you can.

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