Recipe: Greek Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Olives

Chicken Artichoke Olive Recipe

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This savory and tangy chicken recipe with artichokes is great for family meals!

Artichokes are so versatile and while most consider them a vegetable, did you know they are actually an unusual variety of thistle?

Artichokes can protect against various forms of cancer, bolster the immune system, lower cholesterol, and protect against diseases such as diabetes, artherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

In fact, artichokes help detoxify the body; a great ingredient to help with your spring cleaning!

Olives add another health punch to this recipe, along with flavor. Olives are loaded with antioxidants, which support the prevention of a number of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer, specifically breast and stomach cancer.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free


8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 1⁄2 pounds)
1 ⁄ 4 teaspoon sea salt
1 ⁄ 4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ⁄ 4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 medium onion
2  1 ⁄ 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained
4 ounces mixed, pitted Greek olives
1  1 ⁄ 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
1 large lemon, sliced into thin rounds (preferably Meyer lemon)
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon arrowroot starch


1. Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.

2. Cut the onion in half through the root end. Peel, then lay the onion flat on a cutting board and slice crosswise into thin half-moons.

3. Heat 1  1 ⁄ 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy, wide-mouthed pan (3- to 4-quart braiser or sauté pan with a lid) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin side down. Cook until the skin is crisp and golden brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan to a plate or rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

4. To the same pan, add the onions and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the chopped garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the artichoke hearts, olives, broth, remaining olive oil, and oregano. Add the chicken thighs back into the pan and top the chicken with the lemon slices.

5. Bring the mixture to a strong simmer, put the lid on, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer over low heat for 12 to 13 minutes or until the thighs reach an internal temperature of 165°F when measured with a digital thermometer.

6. To serve, place the chicken thighs in shallow bowls and pour the vegetables and drippings over the top.

Note: If you prefer thicker gravy, whisk together 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch and 1 tablespoon cold water in a small bowl until smooth. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan and stir the arrowroot mixture into the juices. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the juices thicken into gravy.

You and your family will love this hearty recipe, and your body will thank you, too! 

Recipe Credit: Dr. Mark Hyman