Smoky Braised Chicken and Artichokes with Olive and Basil Puree

Saucy chicken and vegetables are drizzled with a simple but flavorful olive and basil purée for a stunning dish that looks like it came out of a high-end restaurant.    Ted made me laugh, as he said “it was so good he will be pestering for a repeat and very soon”!   I agree, it is a wonderful recipe.

Serves 4

Ingredients
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups frozen 
artichoke quarters
  • 1½ cups peewee or 
fingerling potatoes, 
halved lengthwise
  • ½ cup pitted Castelvetrano olives (or your favorite green olives), halved, 
divided
  • 1 cup fresh basil, plus ¼ cup sliced fresh basil, divided
  • pantry staples:
  • 2½ tsp smoked 
paprika, divided
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1¼ cups plus 2 tbsp low-sodium chicken broth, 
room temperature
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle chicken with ½ tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. In a small bowl, toss artichokes with 1 tsp oil, ½ tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. In a separate small bowl, toss potatoes with 1 tsp oil, ½ tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt.
  2. In a 9- to 10-inch cast iron skillet on medium-high, heat 1 tsp oil. Sear chicken thighs for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until golden; transfer to a plate. To skillet, add ¼ cup water and artichokes and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often, until lightly browned. Transfer artichokes to plate with chicken. Reduce heat to medium, add 1½ tsp oil to skillet and add potatoes, cut side down. Cook potatoes until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate with chicken and artichokes.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together 1¼ cups broth, vinegar, starch, 1 tsp paprika and ¼ tsp salt. Pour mixture into skillet and whisk constantly until boiling.
  4. Return potatoes to skillet and top with chicken and artichokes. Sprinkle 
¼ cup olives over top. Cover skillet with foil. Place skillet 
in oven and bake for 20 to 
30 minutes, until potatoes 
are tender and chicken is cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare purée: In a blender, purée 
1 cup basil, remaining ¼ cup olives, 2 tbsp broth and 
1½ tsp oil until smooth.
  6. Divide chicken among plates, sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup sliced basil and drizzle with purée.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 chicken breast, ½ cup vegetables in sauce, 1½ tbsp puree – Calories: 326 – Fat: 15 g – Saturated fat: 3 g – Polyunsaturated fat: 2 g – Carbohydrates: 22 g – Sugar: 1 g – Sodium: 891 mg – Fiber: 6 g – Protein: 28 g – Cholesterol: 107 mg
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