Chicken with Olives, Capers & Kale

chicken with olives capers and kale
  • 4Servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, white or dark meat or combined, cut into large pieces
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white or red wine
  • 1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cracked green Sicilian olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons capers in brine, drained
  • 4 cups baby kale or 1 bunch Tuscan kale, stemmed and sliced
  • Crusty bread, for mopping


1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil, three turns of the pan, over medium-high. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

2. Add the onion, celery, garlic, crushed red pepper and fennel seed to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and stir until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, crushing them with your hands, then the olives, stock and capers. Add the kale, stir to wilt, then add the chicken and its juices. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Season and serve with the crusty bread.