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Chicken with roasted asparagus and olive tapenade

Chicken with roasted asparagus and olive tapenade

Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Soy Free Low Calorie

The olive tapenade brings more than just a delicious dose of richness to this simple chicken dish. It turns out that these little fruits are loaded with healthy monosaturated fat, which benefits the heart, brain, and waistline. They’re also a good source of fiber, vitamin E, and disease fighting antioxidants.


  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • 6 ounces asparagus
  • Two 6-ounce boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • Olive tapenade (Kalamata olives - green olives - capers - garlic - oil - pepper)



Prep the vegetables

Heat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Peel the shallots and cut into ¼-inch-thick rings.
  • Cut the lemon in half; juice one half and cut the other half into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.
  • Finely chop the parsley and thyme leaves.


Cook the asparagus

On a sheet pan, drizzle the asparagus, shallots, lemon slices and thyme with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread in an even layer and roast in the oven until the vegetables are lightly charred and the asparagus is tender, 18 to 20 minutes. While the asparagus roasts, cook the chicken.


Cook the chicken

  • Pat the chicken dry and season with salt, pepper, and the sweet smoked paprika.
In a pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook, turning once, until the skin is browned and chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side.


Season the tapenade

In a bowl, mix the olive tapenade and parsley with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.



Transfer the chicken and asparagus to individual plates. Garnish with the tapenade and serve.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 520 Protein: 38g Total Fat: 36g Monounsaturated Fat: 22g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 110mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 4g Added Sugar: 0g Sodium: 650mg

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