Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives

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Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives is an easy meal bursting with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean.

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Imagine perfectly roasted chicken, thighs and breasts, nestled in a silky lemon sauce, dotted with blue-black olives and a shower of fresh picked thyme.  If you lived in Greece or Tuscany or you could do this in your sleep, and I swear it’s so easy that by the end of this post you’ll be able to do it in your sleep, too.  But stay awake — you don’t want to miss a single bite!

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and glorious Mediterranean inspired meal, just perfect for summer evenings. | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This quintessentially Greek lemon sauce has starred in several of my recipes before, and I highly recommend giving them all a try~

The sauce stands out because while it’s thick and ‘creamy’, the base is just chicken stock that’s been enriched and thickened with egg yolk and lemon juice — there’s no dairy or flour in it, and the texture is sublime.   The lemon flavor is bright and vivid, and unlike a lot of sauces, this one is super simple to do.

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives is a quick and easy meal bursting with the flavors of the mediterranean! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

I chose breasts and thighs for our meal, but any chicken parts will work, and you can choose bone-in or boneless.  For this recipe I prefer the skin on and I bake it separately in the oven, first.  When I present the dish I make sure not to immerse the chicken completely in the sauce so it stays nice and crispy.

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The lemon sauce is without question the highlight of this meal.  I think you could leave out the chicken entirely and I wouldn’t complain ;)

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Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Yield: serves 4

Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 2 small chicken breasts, skin on
  • olive oil for brushing
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup black olives (I used oil cured)
  • fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 400F
  2. Arrange the chicken pieces in an oiled baking pan and brush liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and bake for about 35 minutes, or until done through. Baste several times during the cooking, and finish under the broiler if you need more color.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl and add the lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Heat the chicken stock to boiling in a saucepan, and then add about 1/2 cup of the hot stock to the egg yolk mixture, adding it in a slow stream, while whisking. This will get the yolks' temperature up without scrambling them. Then add that back into the pan with the rest of the chicken stock, and heat gently on medium, stirring constantly, until the mixture just begins to get silky and thicken. Don't bring it to a boil, or even a simmer. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the sauce on the bottom of a casserole bit enough to hold all the chicken. Arrange the cooked chicken on top of the sauce. Scatter the olives and thyme over everything and serve right away.
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notes:

  • This Chicken in Lemon Sauce with Olives isn’t exactly a 30-minute meal, but it’s darned close.  Get the oven preheating right away and you can have this on the table in 40 minutes.  We served it with quick cooking couscous and pan roasted asparagus.
  • If for any reason your sauce curdles slightly, just strain it.  But you shouldn’t have any trouble if you keep your heat moderate and stir or whisk constantly.

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Harmony
    November 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I just found this and pinned it. I often cook just for myself. Does this sauce reheat well? Do you know? I’ll be making it soon! (I have to go grocery shopping first.) I love lemony dishes :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

      I find that I can reheat these lemon sauces, Harmony, but you really have to do it low and slow. I love the flavor and texture, good luck!

      • Reply
        Harmony
        November 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        Thank you!

  • Reply
    denise
    August 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I was excited when I read this sauce was without dairy. . . . until I read there is an egg yolk in the sauce. Is that not dairy? Any other way to thicken the sauce without dairy?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      As far as i understand it, Denise, eggs are not technically dairy products. Dairy refers to milk products. You could definitely make this without the egg yolk, maybe thickening the sauce with cornstarch?

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    Lori Lynn
    August 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Sue – I am so glad that you left a comment on my site. I have been absolutely enjoying perusing your recipes. I especially like this one, going to save and pin (of course).
    LL

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    Sue R
    July 9, 2016 at 3:40 am

    I pinned this recipe and will try it soon, loved the flavours from the Greek soup with lemon and egg etc when there on honeymoon very much. Good to hear you are going to visit family, so am I next week after a few years. Wondering what you did when you said you remade your homemade ricotta cheese. Can’t wait to hear about it, I make versions of it sometimes. Sometimes with goats milk, buffalo milk from a farm up the coast here in Queensland, Australia one time and then cows milk too.

  • Reply
    SallyBR
    July 8, 2016 at 7:52 am

    that is soooo up my alley it’s not even funny… the photos are all amazing, but I must say I had a big smile with the egg yolks shot – genius!

    I was nodding my head non stop with your advice to keep the skin part above the sauce – these type of details can make or break a recipe, and I’m glad you mentioned… who wants soggy chicken skin, right? ;-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 8, 2016 at 8:34 am

      I know, I’ve done it so many times at the LAST minute and ruined a perfectly crispy piece of chicken ;)

  • Reply
    Adina
    July 8, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I love your Greek, lemony recipes, I have already made the avgolemono soup twice already and the meatballs once. Absolutely great both of them, so I cannot wait to try these chicken legs.

  • Reply
    cheri
    July 7, 2016 at 11:30 am

    such an elegant looking dish, love your lemon sauce and the fact that this takes a little over 30 minutes to prepare. Pinned!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 7, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Sounds like a fabulous chicken dish. Love the colour of that sauce :)

  • Reply
    Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    July 7, 2016 at 2:04 am

    This has gone onto my to-do list for next week – with a crusty baguette and asparagus. It looks and sounds so delicious.

  • Reply
    Jane
    July 6, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I really like the look of this. Do you think it would work with green olives?

  • Reply
    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    July 6, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, Sue, this dish has everything – beauty, taste, healthy, easy – it’s even budget friendly. Love that egg picture. You’re on fire, girl!

  • Reply
    Jane
    July 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t know how you do it. Nearly every recipe is one that I would like to try. I have pinned many of your recipes. There is so much food porn on the Internet but your site is one with which I can have a real relationship. This is definitely a recipe that I will make since our main protein is chicken and we both love lemon and olives. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      This is music to my ears, Jane, thanks so much for the kind words…

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

    That sauce is just like a savoury version of custard sauce :-) The chicken must be very tasty, Sue, and I love the colour.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    July 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I can see why everyone loves this beautiful chicken dish. I love that it’s quick and easy and yet it looks like dinner-party fare to me!

  • Reply
    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    July 6, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Would love to dig into that awesome sauce!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I have been drooling over your gorgeous lemon sauces for a while now – I’m just going to make it! What a wonderfully beautiful dish and I can’t wait to taste it. Your photos are as inspiring as this dish! Pinning and sharing :)

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    July 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I love this type of lemon sauce! And I agree, the chicken is almost optional. Haven’t made a Greek-style lemon sauce in ages, but you’ve inspired me. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 6, 2016 at 8:45 am

      It’s become a staple in our house because everybody loves it and it goes with so many things…I’m going to do some sort of seafood next to round out my collection of recipes ;)

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