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Cast Iron Chicken Provençal – One Skillet Keto Chicken Dinner

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Have dinner ready in an hour and in one skillet with this classic Cast Iron Chicken Provençal that’s been adapted to make it keto friendly.

Chicken Provençal is a dish that hails from Provence in the south of France. It uses good quality olive oil, niçoise olives and herbs de Provence to give the poultry a fresh and herby flavour that is distinctly European. Your family will love this dish and you’ll love how quick and easy it is to make such a delicious healthy meal.

Cast Iron Chicken Provençal

Make sure to use a well-seasoned, good quality cast iron pot for this dish. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Keto Chicken Provençal:

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots (or 1 large), chopped
  • ¼ c. dry white wine
  • 1/3 c. green olives, drained and halved
  • 1/3 c. Niçoise olives, drained and halved
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 t. capers
  • 1 t. herbes de Provence
  • ½ c. chicken broth
  • 2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 large lemon, sliced and then cut into small wedges

Serve your Chicken Provençal with creamy cauliflower mash or blackened broccoli for a well balanced weeknight keto dinner.

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Cast Iron Chicken Provençal

This flavor-packed dish hails from the Provence region in southeastern France. This version features economical bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for maximum flavor, but any cut of chicken can be used provided the cook time is adjusted accordingly. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 6 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 small shallots or 1 large, chopped
  • ¼ c. dry white wine
  • 1/3 c. green olives drained and halved
  • 1/3 c. Niçoise olives drained and halved
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • ½ c. chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 large lemon sliced and then cut into small wedges

Instructions

  • Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.
  • Add one tablespoon extra virgin olive to a large cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Lightly season chicken thighs with salt and black pepper and add to hot skillet. Cook until the skin is nicely browned and releases easily from the bottom of the skillet, approximately 5-6 minutes.
  • Flip and cook another 4-5 minutes on the remaining side. Transfer chicken to a platter and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet. Add garlic and shallot and sauté, stirring continually, for 1-2 minutes or just until the shallot softens and develops some color.
  • Add the white wine and deglaze the skillet by gently scraping with a plastic spatula to release any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Add the olives, tomatoes, capers, herbes de Provence, and chicken broth to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until heated through, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and nestle the chicken thighs in amongst the olive and tomato mixture. Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads just over 160°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat (but not touching the bone).
  • Remove from oven and loosely cover the skillet with foil for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy! 

Notes

Tasting Notes: The multi-colored tomatoes featured in these images are a “baby” heirloom variety. Regular cherry or grape tomatoes may be used instead. Niçoise olives are the traditional choice for this classic southern French dish. However, any black olive can be used if they are unavailable.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 596mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 623IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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