Oven-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Satsuma Tapenade

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Satsuma flavor brightens a classic olive-and-caper mixture in this simple dinner dish. We use kalamata olives, but niçoise would work nicely as well. The tapenade would also be good atop crostini.
6 servings (serving size: 1 breast half and 2 tablespoons tapenade)


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1/2 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 2 satsumas)
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers
2 teaspoons grated satsuma orange rind
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 anchovy fillets, drained
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Satsuma orange wedges (optional)
Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)


1. Place juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 3 minutes). Place juice, olives, and next 4 ingredients (through anchovies) in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon oil; process until well blended.

2. Preheat oven to 425°.

3. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 breast halves to pan, meat sides down; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Place chicken on a jelly-roll pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining 3 breast halves. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve with tapenade. Garnish with orange wedges and parsley, if desired.

Wine note: If you haven't tried the white grape varietal viognier, now is the time. The bright, exotic orange flavor in this dish is enhanced by a viognier's citrusy floral and exotic qualities. A terrific, lively one is Yalumba's Viognier 2007 from Eden Valley, Australia ($12). —Karen MacNeil

Created date

November 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 279
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 9.3 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 5.7 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 42.8 g
Carbohydrate 4.1 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 106 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Sodium 514 mg
Calcium 51 mg