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Chicken with Chiles, Olives and Roasted Garlic

Chicken with Chiles, Olives and Roasted Garlic is fancy enough to serve to guests, but easy enough for busy weeknights. A simple chicken breast is seared and served with a flavorful white white sauce studded with spicy chiles, tangy olives, and sweet roasted garlic. SO delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pan seared chicken, lemon chicken, spicy chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 455 kcal


  • 12 large cloves garlic, skin on
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 small chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup rosé wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 dried chile de árbol
  • 1/3 cup manzanilla olives
  • mashed potatoes (see notes for recipe)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Toss (skin on) garlic cloves with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Season with salt. Place on a small baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or until soft. Be careful not to burn. Set aside, cool and then peel.

  2. Season chicken breasts on both sides liberally with salt and just a little bit of pepper. Heat a large cast-iron skillet to a medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter melts, add the chicken. Sear until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and do the same on the other side.

  3. With the heat still on, add the wine. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until reduce by half. Add lemon juice, chicken stock, chiles, olives and roasted garlic. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken, and cover with foil. Turn the heat down to low and stir in remaining butter. Once the butter has melted, add spinach. Toss until wilted. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. 

  4. Serve chicken over mashed potatoes and spoon olives, chiles, garlic and sauce on top. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken with Chiles, Olives and Roasted Garlic
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken breast with sauce)
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 176mg59%
Sodium 470mg20%
Potassium 901mg26%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 467IU9%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.