The Chew: Michael Symon’s Chicken with Tomato, Olives & Basil

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Here’s a Cook This…Get Laid first!   TWO five star Cook This…Get Laid ratings in one review.

ABC’s The Chew was launched this week, replacing the long standing soap opera, “All My Children.”  It’s kind of a big deal.  A midday cooking show replacing a soap on a major network?  Unprecedented!

They’ve got two ladies (Carla Hall of Top Chef, and Daphne Oz-daughter of the Doctor, not the wizard), and three guys (Clinton Kelly along with Top Chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon) talking about all things food.  No mindless chatter with celebs about their latest movie/show/project – they keep it about the things you put in your mouth.  And many of them are healthy.  That’s where the first CTGL five star rating comes in.

So when Michael Symon talked about his go to dish when in a hurry, my ears perked up when he listed these fresh ingredients:  chicken, fresh kalamata olives, whole peeled tomatoes and basil – I knew we had a winner.  I spent about $11 bucks on the ingredients and could have fed three.  I made it for an ailing friend who said (with a full mouth), “This is the best thing I’ve eaten in a very long time.”  Hence the second round of a CTGL five star rating.

Cook this.  Get laid. 

Adapted from “The Chew”

Michael Symon’s Chicken with Tomato and Olives

  • 6 small chicken things (with skin and no bone)
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 kalamata olives (pitted)
  • Dash of salt  and pepper

How to make this fantastic dish:
Heat a grill or grill pan/cast iron skillet to high heat.  Take 6 small chicken things (with skin and no bone) and salt chicken with salt (on both sides).  Place chicken on a cast iron skillet with a brick wrapped in aluminium foil on top (helps press the chicken).  NOTE FROM MONA: I didn’t use the brick and it came out just fine.)  Open can of tomatoes. Crush tomatoes in a bowl with your hands.  (NEXT NOTE FROM MONA: there’s no other way to do this.  Get over it if you have an issue with putting your hands on your food.)  Pour olive oil and garlic into a saucepan over medium heat.  Add tomates and olives and bring to a simmer.   Flip the chicken and brown the other side for 1-2 minutes.  Tear bunch of fresh basil and put in saucepan to help flavor. Add some salt and pepper for seasoning.  Remove chicken and plate it. Serve with sauce over the top.

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I'm a food writer and home cook that loves to talk about healthy food and romance.
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