Flattened chicken with tomatoes, olives & capers

Flattened chicken with tomatoes, olives & capers

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 1
Eating on your own needn't mean beans on toast, as this 20-minute supper proves

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal339
  • fat17g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt2.78g
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  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • a little seasoned flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large ripe tomato, chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp capers
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • handful olives
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • splash white wine (or water, if you prefer)
  • chopped chives or parsley


  1. Split the chicken breast almost in half and open it out like a book. Bash with a rolling pin to flatten, then lightly coat in the seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a pan, add the chicken and cook for 3-4 mins on each side until crisp, browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and keep warm.

  2. Add the tomato, capers, olives and wine to the pan, season to taste, then bring to the boil. Bubble the sauce for 2-3 mins until the tomatoes are starting to break down, then spoon over the chicken and scatter with chopped herbs. Delicious with steamed potatoes.

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Zoe Mallam's picture
Zoe Mallam
11th Jun, 2020
Really simple and tasty but will bash the chicken wrapped in cling film next time.. I served this with mustard mash for a bit of a kick.
1st Aug, 2014
Loved this recipe!!! For the seasoning of the flour I used salt, paprika, curry powder and a pinch of chili powder. And instead of chopped chived or parsley I used rosemary. Served it with the recommended 'New potatoes with lemon & chive butter' (but used parsley there instead of chives). Left out the olives.
24th Aug, 2013
Easy to make and tasty. However the sauce was a little bland. Would make it again but add a little spice to the sauce. Served it with new potatoes with lemon and chive butter which was excellent.
14th Apr, 2013
This is a really easy way to make a delicious meal out of a boring chicken breast, even when using a couple of tablespoons of tinned chopped tomatoes in the absence of fresh ones.
17th Feb, 2011
Bland, wont make it again.
22nd Jun, 2010
I really enjoyed this dish and would do it again. I had mine with boiled potatoes which worked really well.
14th Oct, 2009
My 10 yr old daughter helped me with this dish - actually she did all but the frying of the meat, it was very tasty and very quick and after watching the Hairy Bikers tour Britain she has drizzling sauces round the plate down to a fine art.
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