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This is an absolutely delicious chicken thighs recipe making the prominent use of black olives, garlic and lemon juice. The blend of those three ingredients, along with the subtle touch of the thyme, make for an excellent meal that looks very fancy and sophisticated, but that’s easy to prepare and that doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. Everything is prepared in a single pan, which makes it extra-easy to clean up afterwards.
The added sliced lemons add even more lemony taste while also providing even more sophistication and visual attention to the dish.
This chicken recipe shares a lot of similarities with the French Provençal cuisine. Provence is located in the Southeast of France and their cuisine is know worldwide, especially for the extensive use of olive oil, garlic, olives, sardines and anchovies. In other words, it is part of the typical Mediterranean cuisine. They have a multitude of traditional fish, lamb and goat dishes. Thyme, which is called for in this recipe, is part of the herbs that we call herbes de Provence that also usually include savory, fennel and basil.
Make sure to choose quality black olives that are packaged either in olive oil or a brine containing only salt and water. Italian specialty food stores usually offer a great variety to choose from. Kalamata olives, originating from Kalamata in Greece, are a delicious and popular choice.
I hope you’ll enjoy making this recipe that will be ready in under an hour and that will fill your mouth with some of the most amazing flavors of the Mediterranean cuisine.
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