Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Baby Artichokes and Olives

The quick roasting method in step 2 speedily cooks the chicken. Cook the artichokes and rice while the chicken roasts, so everything will be ready at the same time.


6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces chicken, about 1/3 cup sauce, and 1/2 cup rice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 393
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 11.7 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Monofat 5.8 g
Polyfat 2.4 g
Protein 32.1 g
Carbohydrate 41.7 g
Fiber 9.8 g
Cholesterol 71 mg
Iron 4.6 mg
Sodium 787 mg
Calcium 104 mg


1 (4-pound) whole roasting chicken
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 cups water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
18 baby artichokes
1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup capers, rinsed and drained
16 picholine olives, pitted
3 cups hot cooked white rice


Preheat oven to 500°.

Split chicken in half lengthwise. Heat canola oil in a large stainless steel skillet over high heat. Place chicken, skin side down, in pan; place pan in oven. Cook chicken at 500° for 10 minutes; remove from oven. Carefully turn chicken over; pour 1 1/2 cups broth over chicken. Return pan to oven; cook an additional 25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Remove skin from chicken; discard skin. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; slice chicken. Cover and keep warm.

Combine 3 cups water and juice in a large bowl. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, cut off stem to within 1/4-inch from the base; peel stem. Remove bottom leaves and tough outer leaves, leaving tender heart and bottom; trim about 1 inch from top of artichoke. Cut each artichoke lengthwise into quarters. Place artichoke quarters in lemon water.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain artichokes well; pat dry. Add artichokes to pan. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender; uncover. Increase heat to high; cook 2 minutes or until artichokes are golden, stirring frequently. Place artichokes in a medium bowl; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour chicken drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Place pan over medium-high heat. Drain drippings into pan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 8 minutes).

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons broth and flour, stirring until smooth. Add flour mixture to drippings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add artichokes, capers, and olives; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Serve with chicken and rice.

Joanne Weir,

Cooking Light

April 2007
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