Monday, October 31, 2016

Skillet Chicken with Tomato, Fennel & Olives

By: The Food Hunter

Fall is a wonderful time to host a casual get-together and take advantage of the quiet company of close friends before the madness of the holiday seasons begins. A relaxed dinner should include a uncomplicated menu that showcases your culinary skills while at the same time leaves you ample opportunity to enjoy your guests.

Don't let the simplicity of a recipe fool you into thinking it isn't worthy enough for your guests. An example is this Skillet Chicken with Tomato, Fennel & Olives. This recipe takes very little effort yet produces a delicious meal that is certain to impress the finickiest eater.

Skillet Chicken with Tomato, Fennel & Olives

 (printable recipe)
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 bulb of fennel, thinly sliced
olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 pinch of ground cinnamon
8 chicken thighs or legs
1 can plum tomatoes
2 fresh bay leaves
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
8 black olives, pitted & chopped
couscous for serving

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan, add the onions and fennel, along with the crushed red peper, fennel seeds and cinnamon. Cook slowly for 10 until the vegetables are soft.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in another large frying pan, add the chicken and brown on all sides. Place them in the pan with the vegetables when they are browned.

Add the bay leaf, fresh and canned tomatoes, & olives.

Season with salt and allow to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken starts to fall off the bone and the sauce has thickened and reduced.

In the meantime, prepare the couscous according to the package directions. Place the chicken over prepared couscous on a large platter and serve.


  1. I keep telling myself that I need to cook more with fennel. I just love it but don't always think about it when it comes time to fix dinner. This needs to change. Your recipe looks wonderful!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  2. I love chicken thighs! These sound like they would be very tender!

  3. LOVE the fennel! It's one of my all time favorite flavors. I bet this is so yummy.

  4. What a beautiful and delicious dinner!! Love that Israeli couscous.

  5. Mmmm, I've recently started using dried fennel more in recipes. Love the flavor and it's so good for your digestive system. This recipe would give me an excuse to finally try it fresh. :)

  6. This sounds absolutely yummy! I only recently tried fennel and we love it! I can't wait to make this. Pinning it!

  7. I am a really big fan of fennel and this looks awesome!

  8. Yum, this sounds delicious - love the ingredients! I totally agree, the best dinner parties are the uncomplicated ones where you get to relax :)

  9. Sometimes simple recipes are the best!

  10. Such a great meal idea, wonderful flavors!

  11. Mmmm proper Autumnal comfort food, this, and I happen to have a bulb of fennel in my fridge! Tempted to make this for dinner tonight!

  12. The simpler the better for me! This would hit the spot!

  13. I love the addition of cinnamon. Cinnamon adds so much to savory dishes!