Italian Style – Lemon & Sage Chicken

The combination of Chicken with lemon & sage, creates a deliciously fragrant fusion of flavours, this recipe was inspired by an abundance of sage and lemons I have growing in my garden at the moment, the Italian style in the refers to the cooking method used, and the ingredients common to Italian cooking; I have used boneless chicken thigh fillets in the photo shoot for this recipe, using boneless chicken cuts generally tend to cook faster, I guess it depends on how much time you have available. when cooking with chicken on the bone you will need to allow at least 45-60 minutes cooking – also you can use any type of olives for this recipe, sometimes I prepare it with green olives it really depends on what you have available; and your preference. please enjoy;


1kg of chicken – pieces thighs, legs, boneless thighs or breast;

2 medium lemons

12 fresh sage leaves

3 large cloves of garlic

1 cup of olives

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil



smash the garlic with the back of a cooks knife,then slice in half along the length;

Slice the lemon in half along the length;

Cut one of the lemon into 5mm slices; and put the other aside for juice;



place a wide saucepan or casserole pot on the stove;

add the olive oil and heat to medium;

add the chicken to the pan, season with salt, pepper;

add the sage leaves, garlic; around and in between the chicken pieces;

cook the chicken on one side till lightly golden; and then turn over;

add the lemon slices and the olives to the pan;

once the chicken has been cooked till golden color on both sides;

squeeze the juice of the half lemon over the chicken; bring the juice to boil;

turn the heat to a low simmer, cover the pan with a lid;

cook slowly for at least 20-30 minutes for boneless chicken or 45-60 minutes for chicken on the bone.

check the chicken whilst it is cooking every 5-10 minutes, and add a some water to the pan if it drys out;

when cooked the chicken should be tender and the pan juices fully flavored with the lemon, sage and olives.


serve with rosemary potatoes or potato peperonata;

and off course a glass of your favourite wine;

Buon Apetito;




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