Delicious Chicken Recipe with White Wine and Olives

Are you looking for a delicious and easy one-pan chicken recipe that will take your taste buds on a Mediterranean journey? Look no further! I present to you my Chicken with White Wine and Olives Recipe.

This recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want to prepare a flavorful and impressive meal without spending hours in the kitchen. The combination of chicken, white wine, and olives creates a savory and mouthwatering dish that will satisfy your cravings for something hearty and comforting.

In this recipe, skinless chicken pieces are cooked in a skillet with garlic, shallots, dry white wine, and nicoise olives. The depth of flavor that comes from the wine sauce and the briny goodness of the olives creates an irresistible combination that pairs perfectly with roasted tomatoes.

In this article, I will guide you step-by-step on how to make this fabulous dish, share tips on how to achieve perfect results every time, and suggest variations for substitutions so you can adapt the recipe to your preferences. So get ready to impress your guests, treat yourself to a gourmet experience, or simply enjoy a hearty meal at home with your loved ones. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chicken With White Wine and Olives
Chicken With White Wine and Olives

Are you tired of the same old chicken recipes and looking for something new to spice up your dinner menu? Look no further than this Chicken with White Wine and Olives Recipe.

One of the biggest reasons why I love this recipe is because it’s easy to make but tastes like it requires hours of preparation. With just one pan, you can have a delicious and flavorful meal in no time. Plus, with the combination of garlic, shallots, and nicoise olives, every bite is packed with savory and tangy flavors that will leave you wanting more.

But what really takes this recipe to the next level is the addition of dry white wine. Not only does it add a rich depth of flavor to the dish, but it also helps to tenderize the chicken and create a delectable sauce that perfectly complements the dish. And if you’re worried about cooking with wine, don’t be – all of the alcohol cooks out during the preparation.

If you’re looking for easy but impressive meal ideas, this Chicken with White Wine and Olives Recipe is sure to win over your family or dinner guests. It’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the French Riviera. So why not give it a try? I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 Sizzling chicken bathed in white wine and olives.
Sizzling chicken bathed in white wine and olives.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make our delicious Chicken with White Wine and Olives recipe:

  • 4 skinless chicken pieces (mix of thighs and breasts)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Niçoise or Kalamata olives
  • Optional: handful of fresh parsley or basil for garnish

The Recipe How-To

 A taste of the Mediterranean in every bite.
A taste of the Mediterranean in every bite.

Now that we’ve gone through the ingredient list, let’s get to the fun part – cooking this delicious dish! This easy one-pan recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner and can be done in just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Prep

First, you’ll want to prepare all of your ingredients before starting to cook. Make sure you have your skinless chicken pieces ready and pat them dry with paper towels. Next, mince 4 garlic cloves and 2 shallots. Drain and rinse a can of Nicoise olives and set aside. Measure out 1 cup of dry white wine and 1 cup of low-sodium chicken stock.

Step 2: Cook

Now it’s time to start cooking! Heat up your skillet over medium-high heat with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook them for 5-6 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add the minced garlic and shallots. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add in the dry white wine, chicken stock, tomatoes, and olives. Stir everything together and bring it to a simmer.

Now add back in the cooked chicken pieces into the skillet. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil and let it cook for another 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld together.

Step 3: Serve

Once cooked through (165°F internal temperature), remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes before serving. This dish is perfect served over rice or with crusty bread to soak up all of that delicious white wine sauce!

Bonus Step: Add Variations

This recipe can be easily customized to your liking! Capers, kalamata olives, or even diced tomatoes can be added to the dish for some extra Mediterranean flair. To make it heartier, use chicken thighs instead of breasts, or even boneless skinless chicken thighs for some added richness.

With this recipe, cooking a fancy dinner has never been easier!

Substitutions and Variations

 This savory chicken dish is perfect for a cozy dinner.
This savory chicken dish is perfect for a cozy dinner.

If you want to switch up the flavors in this recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Instead of chicken breasts, try using boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a juicier and more flavorful result.

– If you don’t have nicoise olives on hand, kalamata or green olives would work just as well.

– You can swap out the dry white wine for chicken stock if you prefer. This will give the dish a slightly different flavor profile.

– For a creamier version, try adding a splash of heavy cream or crème fraîche to the white wine sauce.

– If you’re looking to add some extra complexity, throw in some capers for a briny punch.

– Another variation is to use tomatoes instead of olives, or even both. Roasted or sundried tomatoes would be especially delicious in this dish.

Remember, cooking is all about experimentation and making the recipe your own. Don’t be afraid to try new things and see what works best for your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your loved ones with this delicious chicken recipe.
Impress your loved ones with this delicious chicken recipe.

Serving this chicken with white wine and olives recipe isn’t a complicated affair, but the flavors that it brings to the table are big and bold. The tender meat and rich, savory sauce of this dish pair well with simple sides like mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables. A crisp green salad would also be a welcome addition.

For wine pairing, I recommend serving this dish with a dry white wine. A Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio would perfectly compliment the flavors of the dish, especially since it calls for dry white wine in the recipe. If you’re looking for something with a bit more kick, you can opt for a dry rosé with bright floral notes.

If you want to go all out Mediterranean, try pairing this dish with a glass of Provençal rosé. The acidity of the rosé will cut through the richness of the chicken perfectly and bring out the bold notes of garlic and olives in the recipe.

No matter which wine you choose, make sure its temperature is chilled but not too cold. Chilled wine will mellow down the spices in your mouth while ensuring maximum flavor from your meal.

Your taste buds will thank you for serving something so wonderful on your plate!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 White wine and olives lend sophisticated flavors to this dish.
White wine and olives lend sophisticated flavors to this dish.

This recipe for Chicken with White Wine and Olives is perfect for meal prepping or making ahead. The flavors improve over time as it sits in the fridge, making it a great option for easy weeknight dinners or entertaining guests.

To make ahead, simply prepare the dish as instructed up until the end of step 4. Let it cool to room temperature and then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to serve, reheat it in a skillet over medium-low heat until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.

For longer storage, you can also freeze the chicken with white wine and olives. Let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze it for up to three months. To reheat, thaw it overnight in the fridge and then reheat it in a skillet over low heat until heated through.

One thing to note is that the olive oil might solidify when stored in the fridge or freezer, but this is perfectly normal. It will melt again once reheated.

This recipe also works well for leftovers. Simply store any leftover chicken with white wine and olives in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, just pop it into the microwave or warm it up on the stovetop.

Overall, this dish is very forgiving and easy to store and reheat. So whether you’re meal prepping, making ahead, or just saving some leftovers, this chicken with white wine and olives recipe is always a delicious choice.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Succulent chicken with a zesty kick from the olives.
Succulent chicken with a zesty kick from the olives.

If you’re making chicken with white wine and olives for the first time, you want to make sure that it turns out perfectly. The good news is that this recipe is easy to execute, and with the following tips, you can guarantee an amazing result.

One of the most important tips for preparing this dish is to get your skillet hot before cooking your chicken. Once you’ve heated up your pan, add a good amount of olive oil and wait until it gets hot too. This will give your chicken a nice golden crust on the outside while keeping the inside moist and flavorful.

Another step that will ensure optimal results for this recipe is seasoning the chicken correctly. Be sure to season both sides with salt and pepper before adding them to the pan. You’ll also want to cook your garlic and shallots until they’re just beginning to turn golden brown so that they impart a rich, caramelized flavor to your dish.

When cooking with white wine, always choose dry white wine because it’s crisp and adds a delightful tanginess without overpowering the flavors of the dish. Also remember to choose a white wine that you would enjoy drinking as well.

One thing to keep in mind when preparing this recipe is not to overcrowd the pan when adding chicken pieces. This is crucial for ensuring that the chicken cooks evenly all over without steaming or sticking together. Instead, cook in batches if necessary.

Finally, don’t forget that this dish is all about flavor combinations so try variations on your own! Adding mushrooms or sundried tomatoes or using different varieties of olives for example are outstanding ways of expanding flavors.

With these tips in mind, you can look forward to serving up an impressive and delicious meal that everyone will adore!


Before we conclude this recipe article, let me address some of the frequently asked questions for this Chicken with White Wine and Olives dish. It’s always helpful to know answers to some common queries that help us improve our cooking skills for the next time around.

What is the best white wine to cook chicken with?

If you’re in need of a reliable cooking wine, then sauvignon blanc and chardonnay are both excellent options. Although sauvignon blanc has a sharper taste, and chardonnay is more robust, their nuances are not quite as noticeable when they’re added as ingredients. As a result, you can use either wine to elevate your dish without worrying about overpowering it with a strong flavour.

Does white wine tenderize chicken?

Wine has various culinary uses besides just being a drink. It can act as a marinade to help soften meat by utilizing its acidic properties. It can also amplify the taste of your dish when added as an ingredient. As a deglazing agent, reduced sauce or steaming liquid, it can also add a delightful flavor to your cooking.

Why do you put wine in chicken?

When it comes to cooking meat, poultry, or seafood, utilizing wine in a marinade can be quite beneficial. This is because wine is acidic, which helps to break down the outside of the meat, making it more tender. Additionally, wine adds plenty of flavor to the dish, and the marinade created with it can help retain the moisture of the protein as it cooks.

What is wine and chicken dish called?

In just one pan, you can easily make the classic French dish known as Coq Au Vin – a delectable chicken cooked in wine.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Chicken With White Wine and Olives Recipe is undoubtedly a winner in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking for an easy one-pan skillet dinner, or something more elegant to serve at a dinner party, this recipe suits any occasion. With its juicy chicken meat smothered in a delicious white wine sauce and sprinkled with a variety of olives, every bite is simply sumptuous.

By incorporating some of my tips and suggestions, such as substituting black olives for green olives or adding Kalamata olives for a bolder flavor, you can make this recipe your own. Whether you bake it, braise it or roast it in the oven, don’t forget to use dry white wine that complements the flavors of the chicken and other ingredients.

With this recipe, you can create an impressive and flavorful meal that’ll make everyone think you’ve been cooking for hours. Don’t forget to pair it with a nice glass of white wine to elevate the flavors even more.

So what are you waiting for? Add this Chicken With White Wine and Olives Recipe to your favorite list and give it a try today. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Chicken With White Wine and Olives

Chicken With White Wine and Olives Recipe

Use any combination of chicken pieces you like - I used two breasts and two leg quarters. This was delicious served with root vegetables and the extra pan sauce.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Calories 198.3 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 -6 bone-in skinless chicken pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
  • 8 -10 shallots, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup nicoise olive, pitted
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de provence
  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Add shallots and garlic cloves to skillet and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine, scraping up any brown bits from the pan. Add minced garlic, herbs and olives and simmer for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes more. Pour wine mixture over chicken and cover with foil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, turning chicken once.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 153gCalories: 198.3kcalCarbohydrates: 13.4gProtein: 1.9gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 2.3gCholesterol: 7.6mgSodium: 34.9mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 2.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Chicken, Meat, Poultry
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