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    Chicken Athena

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    1 hr

    15 mins

    45 mins

    Tish's Note:

    Found this recipe in Bon Appetit Too Busy to Cook. I don't always have aniseed and ouzo around but the combination is intoxicating! Great accompanied by orzo.

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    1. 1
      Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
    2. 2
      Season chicken with salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      Sauté chicken in batches if necessary until brown, about 5 minutes per side.
    4. 4
      Transfer to plate.
    5. 5
      Pour off all but 2 Tbs drippings from skillet.
    6. 6
      Add garlic and aniseed and stir 30 seconds.
    7. 7
      Add tomatoes, broth Ouzo and oregano.
    8. 8
      Bring mixture to simmer, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon.
    9. 9
      Return chicken to skillet.
    10. 10
      Bring to simmer and cook uncovered 15 minutes.
    11. 11
      Transfer chicken breasts to plate.
    12. 12
      Turn chicken pieces in skillet over and simmer 5 minutes longer.
    13. 13
      Transfer chicken in skillet to same plate.
    14. 14
      Increase heat to high, add olives and cook until liquid is reduced to sauce consistency, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes.
    15. 15
      Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    16. 16
      (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently before continuing.) Sprinkle feta cheese over and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 01, 2003


      Good recipe - suggestion - add quartered fennel bulb to this recipe and there'll be no need to add ouzo - the bulb will supply the additional anise flavour as well as extra nutrition.

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    • on February 07, 2009


      Very good! Suggestions of adding fennel or sambuca are interesting and I just might have to try them.

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    • on January 31, 2009


      This was incredible! I only made it to use some of the Pernod we have - otherwise we'll never finish it. The flavors were all perfectly balanced. I don't like licorice and was afraid that the anise and Pernod would be too strong for me. It wasn't - it was just awesome! We will make this until the bottle of Pernod is gone (which will be a sad day, but I'm not buying more).

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Athena

    Serving Size: 1 (671 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 740.2
    Calories from Fat 483
    Total Fat 53.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.4 g
    Cholesterol 207.8 mg
    Sodium 524.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
    Sugars 6.5 g
    Protein 52.0 g

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    oil-cured olives

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