Roast Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives with Ann

My life seems to have turned itself upside down so many times lately I’m no longer sure I know which way is up.

I’m starting back to work today for the first time after 14 years as a stay-at-home mom, I’m moving in just 3 weeks, and I just found out I have skin cancer. *Sigh*

I’m beginning to feel stretched beyond my limits – like I’ve got so many balls juggling I’m just not sure I can catch them all by myself.

Luckily my friend Ann from Cooking Healthy for Me is here to catch one of them for me. Or else you would still be reading about Biscoff Cupcakes with Biscoff Buttercream

Ann is one of those people who hug you when you meet her and within five minutes you feel like you’ve known her your entire life. I’m ever so grateful that chance brought her into my life, and even more grateful that she could help me out by sharing a recipe with you today while I’m at work.

Ann: Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? I remember when I was a kid; they were huge in our neighborhood. We were just old enough that we could do a house-to-house hunt in groups.

Well, you know how there was one person in your group that just KNEW where to find everything? Memories like danged ol’ elephants! It always seemed like they could sniff out the hard-to-find stuff!

Well….I want to be on Jen’s team!

Last year, I was lucky enough to meet another blogger that moved to my area – and I happened upon her…stumbled on her site and SHAZAAM, she lived 10 minutes from me.

Jen? She does *gasp* RESEARCH! She not only found me, but this other blogger and a few others that I had NO idea lived near us! She wanted to connect with bloggers….she researched!

When Jen decided to re-do her blog….research! Wanna know the history of a dish or the origin? YUP! Jen researches!

I think she’d be like MacGyver – you give her Google, an encyclopedia and a fountain pen and she can find her way out of the forest just by identifying the fauna!

Many of you know that Jen has been having a few medical issues and a biopsy that came back positive with more doctors’ visits to follow. While she goes through all this stuff – I’m sure she’s doing her research.

I want to wrap her in cotton, hug her and make everything better. …but I can’t. I also wanted to feed her. Since she lives about an hour away – I thought I’d start with cyber hugs, cyber love and this:

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Roast Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives


1 lemon

2 pints grape tomatoes

1 head garlic, unpeeled & cloves separated

1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, cut in half

8 sprigs fresh thyme (I used 4)

2 Tablespoons olive oil (I used 1 Tablespoon, 1 teaspoon)

1 3-lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces (I used 4 chicken thighs)

Kosher salt and black pepper

½ cup dry white wine


Preheat oven to 425F.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the yellow zest from the lemon in strips. Reserve lemon.

In a large roasting pan add the tomatoes, garlic cloves, olives thyme and lemon zest.

Toss with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

Add the chicken to the pan, nestling it in the tomatoes.

Drizzle with the remaining olive oil (I used 1 teaspoon) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast until the chicken is done – 35-40 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter.

Squeeze the lemon into the hot roasting pan and add the wine. Gently stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the pan. Serve the chicken with the tomato mixture and pan juices.


This recipe slightly adapted from Real Simple

I love how Ann has such a gift for making healthy eating look so delicious! I hope you’ll please take a moment to pay her kindness forward and pop over to her site Cooking Healthy for Me and say hello!

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  1. 51

    Jen, I hope that your first day at work went well. You are amazing. Wishing you the best of luck and I will keep sending out healthy positive thoughts to you. You have a lot of blogging friends out here rooting for you.

  2. 52

    Jen, this looks so mouthwatering! This is definitely my kind of dish for the weeknights when I just want something totally easy, like these days especially, while we’re undergoing a big home renovation. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 53

    So much chaos in your life right now–what a lovely dish from Ann, though, and I still wouldn’t mind reading more Biscoff recipes (those things are addictive). Wishing you calm in the weeks ahead!

  4. 54

    Good luck Jen with your first day of work, and I am sending out healthy and positive thoughts to you! Delicious looking recipe Ann!

  5. 55

    This recipe looks FABULOUS! I could use a giant heaping plate right now, in fact.

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had rough times recently. :( I know what that is like when life feels like TOO MUCH. It can be really tough! Hang in there. Better times are ahead.

  6. 57

    Jen, I hope your first day went well and despite things feeling overwhelming now, things will start to settle out… And I’m so glad Ann is guest posting! I love her blog and always has a creative take on something healthy – and this is no exception!

  7. 59

    Best of luck with your upcoming challenges Jen! Ann, this recipe looks delicious and very healthy!

  8. 60

    I was just thinking about you today — hoping all was well.

    Great recipe. The olives are calling me. “Mary Kay… Mary Kay…” ;.)

  9. 61

    This recipe looks so delicious and I am so sure that this will be my ideal South beach diet lunch one day. Those plum cute red tomatoes look so yummy!

  10. 62

    This is just the perfect, comforting dish for you right now Jen! I’ve had a pasta dish with roasted grape tomatoes that I LOVED and this reminds me of it. It does my heart good to see the support and love coming from your fellow bloggers :)

    • 63

      That is THE best and most rewarding thing about blogging! There are just so many wonderful and supportive people in the world!

  11. 64

    I hope your first day back at work went wonderfully well! I totally know what you’re going through after being in the stay-at-home-mom trenches for over a decade.

    I love how you and Ann got to meet up!! How cool is that?!?

    This meal looks fabulous. It’s definitely going on my ‘gotta make’ recipe short list. :) Hope you’re feeling better and on your way to a smooth and stress-free move.

    • 65

      It was stress-free, just kind of felt like a waste of time. I definitely feel a little out of touch after being at home for so long! And the move isn’t really helpingmy stress levels any…

  12. 66

    What a lovely dish Ann, and wonderful post!
    Jen, I am so sorry about your medical issues…keeping you in my thoughts, and hope your return to work goes smoothly :)

  13. 68

    Jen- I adore you and I am sending all positive vibes your way. You deserve only happiness. xx

    Ann- As always you impress me. I would not have thought to do chicken this way but hubs would go absolutely nuts for this one.

  14. 69

    I just want to dive in head first into those tomatoes!


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