Monday, August 20, 2012

Chicken with green olives and potatoes.

Would I dare to say that it's once again, a recipe from my mother in law ??

When I married Vincent, we were unable to cook, him and me.
My mother in law gave me some easy and delicious recipes, that we still make today.
Because don't forget : this blog is for easy and quick recipes !

You'll need :

  • 1 entire chicken (1,7 kg).
  • 2 kg of potatoes (don't worry, you won't peel them !)
  • 3 gloves of garlic (mine are HUGES ! ... But I love garlic. My husband ask me to not talk after for some hours ;))
  • 200 grammes of green olives
  • Herbs of provence
  • 1 blade of rosemary
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper, of course, 
  • Finally,  preheat you oven at 240°C (460° F / th 8)

I took the rosemary from my balcony, in which some aromatics plant grow.

Step 1 : 
Rinse your potatoes under the faucet. Don't make them soak, it would take away the starch and we need it.
Don't need to peel them ! Remember ... Fast and easy ! A daily cook.

Step 2 :
Cut them in little pieces, about 2 cm diameter.

Step 3 :
When it's done, add some salt,

... some dry herbs of provence, 

And 8 tablespoon of olive oil. Never hesitate with olive oil. 
We just use it for potatoes. Not for the chicken, after. And potatoes need to be golden...

Step 4 :
Cut 2 cloves of garlic (I have tried to crush them before, but they were so huge, that I couldn't ! Do it, it's better) and add it too.

Step 5 : 
Mix all that with your little and cute hands ! If you don't have, no problem, take your normal hands. Mine are a little bit podgy, I assume ;)

Step 5 :
Rinse your green olives, take your chicken and the glamourous part of the recipe begins ...
Introduce as much olives as you can in the collar, alternating with your last clove of garlic, that you have cut in pieces.
End with the rosemary.
Normally, you can't use all the olives here. We'll use it at the end.

Step 6 :
In the dish, salt your chiken. Use pepper too and finish with some herbs of provence.

In the oven !

After 30 minutes, take out your chicken and stir the potatoes. This way, they will be golden on each face.

Do it again after 1 hour, and add a little bit of water (5 cl) and add the rest of the green olives.

After 1h30, it's done.

Bon appétit.


  1. This looks very delicious! I want to try it!!

  2. Do it ! You'll see : easy and delicious ;)

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    1. For many years I thought it was not the collar... that's the reason why I was a little bit disgusted ... I'm ashamed to tell it ! ... It shows you how much I was bad in cooking ;))

  4. Bonjour Axelle!!!! I LOVE your blog! I am an ever-struggling home cook, so I am inspired by what you have shared. I can't wait to try it. Especially the 'glamorous part'. :)

    And maybe you'll even inspire me to start speaking - or typing - in French for the first time in 20 years. :)

    Hugs! Friendly!


    1. Bonjour Steph !! Je t'attendais !! I'm very happy to see you in this blog !!
      Thank yo so much for your words.
      You'll see, my recipes will always be simple and fast. Sometimes, too many simple !
      I knew the glamourous part would have his success ! Lol !

      J'espère vraiment que tu oseras parler ou écrire en français. Je sais à quel point c'est difficile d'écrire une autre langue : je ne me moquerai jamais. ALors, n'hésite pas à le faire ;)

      Very friendly ;))

  5. Oh, I am so glad you are blogging, Axelle. This chicken looks incredible. I am going to go defrost a chicken RIGHT NOW.

    Can't wait to read more.


    1. Hello Di, I'm happy to see you too in this blog, this is incredible for me ;)
      If you'll make it, tell me, please. I'm sure my mother in law will be very proud to know that her recipe makes the World Tour !! :D

  6. This looks soooo yummy!! I will try it this winter when it is very cold and we need to warm the house with the oven and great smells!

    Miz Boo's sis' cindy :)

    1. Hello Cindy, welcome in my little world ;))
      You're right to wait ... !! It's very hot here too, but the good part is that my kitchen becomes a small sauna !! ... I eat and I lose weight in the same time !! :D

  7. Hi Axelle, I was sent by Miz Boo! Your Blog is great and I can't wait to try the chicken. :)

    Debbie from Illinois

    1. Hi Debbie, I see your comments on Miz Boo's blog ;)
      Thank you for your words, truly.

  8. my hubby, a fireman would LOVE this recipe for the firehouse

    1. I've never tried in the firehouse but it must be great ! Just tell me, if one day you make it !!
      Thank you Kathy B.

  9. Came to you from donna bouchers blog

  10. I bought a whole chicken yesterday and now I know what I will do with it! Thank you for sharing. We love green olives and potatoes and this looks delightfully simple AND delicious! Yay!

    1. Please, don't forget to tell me if you liked it ;)

    2. This was amazing!! The potatoes were fantastic and the chicken was so juicy and flavorful. I think roasting at a higher temperature than I have before made a great difference. My family LOVED it!

      Thank you for sharing.

    3. I'm very happy to know that !
      So you say that, for you, 460°F was not high enough ? Would tell me at which temperature you have cooked it ? This way I could write it in the recipe.
      Thank you very much for your comment, Brenda ;)

    4. 450F was perfect! What I meant to say is that when I have roasted a whole chicken in the past, I have roasted at 325F. 450F is so much better! Your recipe was wonderful!

  11. I have this chicken in the oven now! I'm wondering what the total cooking time is. 1.5 hours? Or 3 hours? I've never roasted a chicken at 450 degrees before, so I'm not sure... Thanks!

  12. I'm sorry, Brenda, I didn't saw your comment before !!

    1. That's okay! I just took the chicken's temperature and took it out of the oven when it was done. Delicious!