Mediterranean Baked Chicken

Mediterranean Baked Chicken


Author: The Clever Carrot
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
Marinade
  • 1½ lbs. chicken breast or thighs (bonless & skinless)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. marinade from artichoke hearts
  • 4 sprigs of fresh oregano, leaves stripped
Bake
  • 2 small red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, left whole
  • 1x 14 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1x 14 oz. can white beans, drained & rinsed (I used northern white beans)
  • ½ c. Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 small tub marinated bocconcini
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Garnish
  • fresh basil & parsley, to taste
Instructions:
  1. For the marinade, drain the artichoke hearts reserving its juice in a small bowl. Pat the artichokes dry with a paper towel and set aside. To another bowl, add 2 tbsp. of the reserved artichoke juice, garlic, and oregano leaves. Cut the chicken into 1½ inch strips and add to the bowl. Mix well to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour, maximum 3 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to start cooking, preheat your oven to 400 F.
  3. To a large roasting pan, add the sliced onions and tomatoes. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook (stirring occasionally) until the onions are soft and the tomatoes begin to burst, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet warm 1 tsp. of olive oil over moderate heat. Brown the chicken on both sides, working in batches. The chicken will be slightly undercooked.
  5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. At this point, the onions should be soft and sticky. If not, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. To the pan, add the chicken, artichoke hearts, beans, and olives (not the bocconcini- if you add the cheese too early it will melt all over the place). Roast for about 5-7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Roughly chop a large handful of both basil and parsley.
  8. Remove the chicken from the oven. Now add the bocconcini and herbs and toss gently to combine. The heat from the pan will melt the cheese. Drizzle with a little good quality olive oil.
  9. Serve immediately with crusty bread and a nice green salad.
Notes
*If you prefer, feel free to substitute chicken legs, thighs, or breast (skin on, bone-in) for this recipe. Your cooking time will vary according to size.