Friday, April 27, 2012

Chicken with Lemons and Olives Ala Sam

We eat plenty of chicken but we usually grill or smoke it and rarely make it baked.  I have a ton of recipes saved for various baked chicken dishes so when Sam, over at My Carolina Kitchen, posted her recipe for Chicken with Lemons and Olives, I decided it was time to try one.  I followed her recipe as written and rather than repeat it here, please pop over to her site for it and some great shots, courtesy of her husband, Meakin.

Since we ate a green less meal for Bev's birthday, we sided the chicken with steamed asparagus topped with parmesan and a salad Bev has been making for a while thanks to a recipe from neighbor Pat - don't know it's origin.  It calls for romaine, but we used lettuce from our garden, along with our spinach and radishes.  Here's the just washed greens pile and the garden lettuce patch (mostly romaine), including some swiss chard and a cauliflower (I ran out of room where it went and just had to plant it somewhere).

We all really like the salad and the recipe is:

1/2 C. of sugar (Bev uses Stevia)
1/3 C. lemon juice
2 t. chopped onion (or green onion)
1 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
2/3 C. oil
1 T. poppy seeds

2 bags romaine lettuce
4 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
1 C. cashews (Bev likes to use glazed almonds)
1/4 C. dried cranberries
1 apple, cubed
1 pear, cubed

Bev makes the dressing then uses whatever we have on hand for the salad including tomatoes but the fruit, nuts, and dressing are key.

Here’s my plate.

If you like olives and you like lemon, you will surely like the chicken – Bev and I both loved it.  Thanks Sam.

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

Two years ago:  Blackened Crappie Ala Dave


4/22/12  meal date


  1. So glad you liked the chicken Larry. Your garden looks fabulous with your lettuces doing very well. You know I'm crazy about salads and Bev's sounds delicious with the apple and pear and nuts.

  2. Where are my manners! I forgot to wish Bev a happy birthday. Happy birthday Bev from both of us.

    I also forgot to say how pretty your plate is with the salad on one side and the asparagus with Parmesan on the other. Very green indeed.

  3. I so wish I had a garden like that.. it looks so lovely, Larry! And the food... I also wish you didn't live so far away, I'd invite myself to dinner regularly!! :)

  4. Beautiful lettuce! We used to have enough space for lettuce...sure do miss it...I am jealous.
    It looks like a delicious and special birthday dinner for Bev!

    Happy Birthday to Bev!

  5. This sounds like something I need to try.

  6. The chicken does look and sound wonderful. So does the salad and asparagus. Great meal Larry!

  7. Larry, That's one beautiful selection of lettuce in your garden! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  8. We are cautioned about not planting outside before May 1, because of the chance of freezing. And guess where it's supposed to be in the 20s overnight this weekend? Right. I envy your salad patch.

  9. Happy Birthday Bev! April birthdays are just the best. I saw that recipe over at Sam's and have bookmarked it also. Your greens are gorgeous and that dressing sounds right up my alley. Perfect meal!

  10. That one looked good to me too. It reminds me of another one that I have from Sam on my "too try" list, it was a Chicken Marengo or something like that with a red sauce with olives.

  11. That salad sounds delicious. I love a great poppyseed dressing. That asparagus looks great too!

  12. I copied Sam's recipe when I saw it but haven't tried it yet - it looks delicious and look at those beautiful greens on your plate and in your garden!


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