Chicken with Olives, Lemons and Balsamic Vinegar

by admin on March 16, 2012

Chicken with Olives, Lemons and Balsamic Vinegar

by: Judee Rallos

One of my favorite Foodsaver® recipes is this chicken recipe that I have learned from my mother who is a national award winner for cooking. You could say that I definitely got the cooking gene from her. Just like most mothers, she was always in the kitchen, always cooking and baking. She always had something delicious up her sleeve. She ran our family business which consisted of a chain of bakeries and diners so she had to do a lot more cooking than your average house wife. And even if she was quite the career woman, we were always filled to the brim with the best home-cooked dishes and the best lunch box meals. She used to do her own methods of food preservation.

And yes, she used to do her own methods of food preservation. She kept food frozen for both home and business uses. Oh yes, freezing food especially handy in business; along with her team of employees, she used to pre-cook food and freeze them. They only heat things up when the orders come in.

Today’s recipe is one of the dishes that she used to make at home. It’s perfect on those days when you’re tired of the usual roasted chicken recipe. It’s definitely not every day that you’d get to eat chicken in balsamic vinegar and olives. It’s also really good for the body since chicken is low in calories, high in protein and Vitamin B. And because of the citrusy addition of lemon, it is also high in Vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant.

Oh and one last thing, did I mention that this recipe is super easy? You won’t need a cooking award to pull this off. Trust me.

Chicken with Olives, Lemons and Balsamic Vinegar

(This recipe can serve 4 people. You can choose to adjust the quantities of the ingredients if you wish to make more of this dish for freezing and storage.)



12 chicken drumsticks
2 large lemons
200g green olives (drained)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
Roasted chat potatoes (to serve with the chicken)



First and foremost, pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Grease the roasting pan with cooking spray or olive oil. Assemble the chicken drumsticks on the baking pan. Make sure that there is only a single layer. Top the chicken with some olives. Slice the lemon into wedges and place in between the chicken pieces.

Then mix the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oil, pepper and salt. Pour the mixture over the chicken pieces.

Bake the chicken drumsticks for approximately 45 to 50 minutes or until the pieces are cooked through. Bake the potatoes and serve with the chicken.


Freezing Tip:

Place the drumstick pieces in airtight jars or inside Foodsaver® vacuum sealed bags. Poultry dishes can last up to 3 months and poultry dishes with a sauce or gravy can last up to 5 to 6 months. If you want to serve it after freezing, all you need to do is to thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then you can microwave it while it’s covered at medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes.

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